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Meeting: Short-termism - will it kill us all? Tuesday 5th February

By Ian - Posted on 22 May 2018

An important theme that emerged from Colin Stuart’s Skeptics talk about Man on Mars was the role that such pioneering research might play in ensuring an enduring human legacy, even if ill-advised human activity or natural disaster make continued life on Earth untenable.  It is well known that this was a preoccupation of the late Stephen Hawking.

Last Monday’s edition of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, which included, alongside the normal rogues’ gallery of Brian Cox and Robin Ince, the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, and focused on the short-termism which seems endemic in our political and economic institutions. Is it possible to reconcile a capitalist enterprise-driven economic model and representative democracy with the kind of collaborative strategic approach that is needed to mitigate such threats as climate breakdown, pollution overload, habitat destruction and biodiversity loss, resistant pathogens etc.?
We’ll have a listen and see what we can come up with!


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