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« What Really Happened | Main | Nanotechnology Grab Bag »

November 25, 2005


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Um, I think you mean "anthropogenic"...

Mike Treder, CRN

Oops, you're right. D'oh! I've made the change from anthropocentric to anthropogenic.

Thanks, jbash.

michael e vassar

Is yet MORE evidence of greenhouse warming really MNT relevant? If someone is likely to be convinced, they already are convinced. Regardless, policy isn't infinitely flexible. The difference between the best plausible policies and the worst plausible policies can't make a substantial difference to global warming in the time remaining until MNT is developed, at which point it will be a moot point. Let's keep on topic.
If global warming is relevant, it is relevant only as a reminder of one thing, the utter implausibility of coordinateing national or global behavior to prevent even risks that the scientific community accepts overwhelmingly, even given billions of dollars for propaganda (by which I don't mean lies per se, but rather arguments chosen to convince the masses rather than for logical coherence) and decades for organization. This is yet another example, though not a good example, of the implausibility of society as a whole preparing for MNT.

Mike Treder, CRN

Michael, I worry that you are right about this example -- potentially disastrous climate change -- casting doubt on the plausibility of preparing for MM in time.

On the other hand, the United States is not the world. The U.S. is the only significant nation that refuses to accept responsibility for dealing with this problem. Ironically, everyone else is united.

So, in spite of the appalling scientific illiteracy and troubling corporate control over lawmaking in the U.S., there may be hope that the rest of the world will join together in an effort to safely develop and responsibly use MM.

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