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.