Aug 7, 2012
Posted by Clark Matthews in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, complex systems, economics, ethics, existential risks, fun, lifeboat, media & arts, rants
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.