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Catastrophe : Risk and Response, EPUB eBook

Catastrophe : Risk and Response EPUB

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Catastrophic risks are much greater than is commonly appreciated.

Collision with an asteroid, runaway global warming, voraciously replicating nanomachines, a pandemic of gene-spliced smallpox launched by bioterrorists, and a world-ending accident in a high-energy particle accelerator, are among the possible extinction events that are sufficiently likely to warrant careful study.

How should we respond to events that, for a variety of psychological and cultural reasons, we find it hard to wrap our minds around?

Posner argues that realism about science and scientists, innovative applications of cost-benefit analysis, a scientifically literate legal profession, unprecedented international cooperation, and a pragmatic attitude toward civil liberties are among the keys to coping effectively with the catastrophic risks.

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