Catastrophe: Risk and Response
  • Catastrophe: Risk and Response
  • Catastrophe: Risk and Response
  • Catastrophe: Risk and Response
ISBN: 0195306473
EAN13: 9780195306477
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 8, 2005
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.7" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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