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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 2nd, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: That's what really concerns me....

>>It's so easy to cause so much damage. And the technology to cause more damage is spreading. Flippin' North Korea can explode something that is, at *best*, the dirtiest of dirty bombs, and at worst, Hiroshima/Nagasaki level devastation.<<

Sadly so.

>> But even without WMDs, just climate change itself can be so devastating. Just "doing nothing" could be a reason we'd become a possible textbook example of the cause of the Fermi paradox. <<

It's not the weapons that are doing most of the damage. Agriculture and transportation have done worse -- even if you count the very long-term consequences of depleted uranium weapons, which are hideous and beyond our capacity to clean up. Climate change is longer and nastier.

*sigh* Yes, we're in a bottleneck of the Drake equation (how long does a space-detectable civilization last?) currently. A lot of them die off quickly because they can't handle the level of scientific technology with their cultural technology.
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