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Response to bemildred (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:48 AM

15. There is also the Precautionary Principle

...which says that the odds of us causing a catastrophe must be weighted according to the magnitude of what is at stake.

IOW, odds that look acceptable for more mundane risks (like crashing a car while driving) ought to be viewed as unacceptable when the 'thing' being risked by a certain behavior is billions of lives, most species and habitats, or civilization itself. Some things are too precious to gamble even with what may seem like a moderately low level of risk.

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