Today's post, LA-602 vs. RHIC Review was originally published on 19 June 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


A comparison of LA-602, the classified report investigating the possibility of a nuclear bomb igniting the atmosphere and killing everyone, and RHIC, the document explaining why the LHC is not going to destroy the world. There is a key difference between these documents: one of them is a genuine discussion of the risks, taking them seriously, and the other is a work of public relations. Work on existential risk needs to be more like the former.

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So basically what you're say is that to avoid wiping out humanity reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. I'm surprised nobody in the original discussion brought up Feynman.