Sunday, January 21, 2007

Doomsday Clock: Fear Uncertainty Doubt

So the guys moved the "Doomsday Clock" forward so that it is now five minutes to midnight.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction--the figurative midnight--and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences and nanotechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm.

Apparently, these chappies want us to pull our act together and just stop all this nonsense and start behaving like a rational nuclear physicist. We should do that because otherwise, the planet (and you and I) will die, so they say.

I don't want to live in a world where the force of fear is used as a motivator for change. I think these guys are using the wrong instruments. I think that fatalism is a hindrance to enacting on real change, the changes which people make in their outlook on life.

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