Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 December 2005

336 Pages | 6 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195306477

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Risk and Response

Richard A. Posner

Collision with an asteroid, runaway global warming, a pandemic of gene-spliced smallpox launched by bioterrorists, and a world-ending accident in a high-energy particle accelerator, are among the extinction events that are sufficiently likely to warrant careful study. How should we respond to events that, for a variety of reasons, we find it hard to wrap our minds around? Posner argues that realism about science and scientists, innovative applications of cost-benefit analysis, a scientifically literate legal profession, unprecedented international cooperation, and a pragmatic attitude toward civil liberties are among the keys to coping effectively.

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