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Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Richard A. Posner

Abstract

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 c ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195178135.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. Posner, author