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A couple of side points.

  1. The odds of nuclear war in the 60s and 80s were non-negligible. The reality-based bet would have been to expect wipe out. But that didn't happen, for various reasons.

  2. Western Culture has been completely poisoned by Christian notions of apocalypse. Bizarrely, this means that irrational fear of apocalypse is a huge driver of both political and financial policy. It seems to be literally impossible for the supposedly scientific and rational West to imagine a future without apocalypse now.

It's as if everyone is dreaming, and sustainable futures can only become thinkable after the nightmare runs to its inevitable conclusion.

But that plan is based on the supposedly rigid inevitability of narrative logic, and not on the more flexible not-quite-inevitability of rational planning for likely consequences.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 10:11:20 AM EST
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