A Lucky Guess From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
On the one hand, I agree with the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that it's high time to move the Doomsday clock closer to midnight. Frankly, I think they should nudge it a bit higher. On the other, I disagree with their chain of reasoning at almost every step:
Increasing nuclear tensions, refusal to engage in global action on climate change, and a growing tendency to reject science when it comes to major world concerns were cited as key reasons for the latest tick on the clock.
The nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima plant also highlighted the volatility of relying on nuclear power in areas prone to natural disasters, scientists said.
Robert Socolow, a member of the BAS science and security board and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, said a common theme emerged in the scientists' talks this year.
He cited a "worrisome trend, notably in the United States but in many other countries, to reject or diminish the significance of what science says is the characteristic of a problem."
I can see how the latter might feel like the end of the world to him, but as a man of science, he should know better than to confuse feelings with facts.
The group said it was heartened by a series of world protest movements, including the Arab spring, the global Occupy demonstrations and protests in Russia which show people are seeking a greater say in their future.
Well, I'm glad that makes them feel better.