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Nuclear War from a Cosmic Perspective

 We humans have invested great resources and ingenuity in building the Spectacular  Thermonuclear Unpredictable Population Incineration Device, (acronym S.T.U.P.I.D.), whose two adjustable knobs determine its explosive power X and the probability P that it goes off spontaneously in any given year.

We humans have invested great resources and ingenuity in building the Spectacular Thermonuclear Unpredictable Population Incineration Device, (acronym S.T.U.P.I.D.), whose two adjustable knobs determine its explosive power X and the probability P that it goes off pontaneously in any given year.

Max Tegmark
I discuss the impact of computer progress on nuclear war policy, both by enabling more accurate nuclear winter simulations and by affecting the probability of war starting accidentally. I argue that from a cosmic perspective, humanity’s track record of risk mitigation is inexcusably pathetic, jeopardizing the potential for life to flourish for billions of years.
Read more at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.00246v1.pdf

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