It’s the centennial year of the Titanic disaster, and that tragedy remains a touchstone.
The lifeboat angle is obvious. So is the ice hazard: then it was icebergs, now it’s comets.
But 100 years of expanding awareness has revealed the other threats we’re now aware of. We have to think about asteroids, nano– and genotech accidents, ill-considered high-energy experiments, economic and social collapse into oligarchy and debt peonage, and all the many others.
What a great subject for a Movie Night! Here are some great old movies about lifeboats and their discontents.
Lifeboat Triple Feature: http://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=3764
They’re full of situations about existential risks, risk assessment, prudential behavior, and getting along in lifeboats if we absolutely have to. The lesson is: make sure there are enough lifeboats and make darn sure you never need to use them.
Anyway, I finally got my review of the show done, and I hope it’s enjoyable and maybe teachable. I’d welcome additional movie candidates.
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