Atomic bombs and their after-effects (radiation clouds, disease, etc.) would decimate and/or eliminate all life.
Russell's second scenario is that the world would revert to a state of barbarism.
This too could result from a widespread atomic world war.
The only solace is that such outcome leaves open the possibility that humans could return to a civilized state.
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Russell begins his essay, "The Future of Mankind," with three possible scenarios for the future.
Note that Russell wrote this essay after World War II and during the rise of the Cold War.
It is in these effects, therefore, if anywhere, that the value of philosophy must be primarily sought.
But further, if we are not to fail in our endeavour to determine the value of philosophy, we must first free our minds from the prejudices of what are wrongly called 'practical' men.