Or maybe it's global warming which might make the Earth uninhabitable. Of course in a sense that's an engineering success, not failure.

There have 2053 nuclear bombs exploded. I'm not sure how many were above ground; about 200 U.S. and probably an equal number of Soviet.


Brent

On 5/7/2012 12:11 PM, Richard Ruquist wrote:
John,

On the subject of engineering blunders, here is the most catastrophic engineering blunder humanity has ever faced. It could make North America uninhabitable. http://www.kurzweilai.net/fukushima-fuel-pool-is-urgent-national-security-issue-for-america-top-threat-facing-humanity?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8179b0de4d-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email <http://www.kurzweilai.net/fukushima-fuel-pool-is-urgent-national-security-issue-for-america-top-threat-facing-humanity?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8179b0de4d-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email>

On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM, John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com <mailto:johnkcl...@gmail.com>> wrote:

    On Sun, May 6, 2012  Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com
    <mailto:whatsons...@gmail.com>> wrote:

                >>>I'm not an engineer.

            >> I know, that's part of the problem.


        > I think it's part of the solution. As the saying goes, if all you 
have is a
        hammer, everything looks like a nail.


    It's far easier to get a reputation as a good philosopher than a good 
engineer
    because you can't fake it. If a engineer is full of shit there is no way to 
hide it,
    the bridge falls down or the laptop catches on fire or the power grid dies 
and
    plunges the nation into darkness and all the world knows he's a idiot, but a
    philosopher can hide his ineptitude by saying things that can never be 
proved or
    disproved in his lifetime or expressing platitudes in pretentious language 
that
    sounds much deeper than they really are or by expressing his personal 
preferences as
    if they were universal truths and not just a matter of taste.

    To keep his job a engineer needs to be right, or at least not dead wrong, 
nearly
    100% of the time because if he is dead wrong people could quite literally 
end up
    dead, but a philosopher can never be right and still get tenure. When a 
engineer
    makes a blunder it's front page news but when a philosopher makes a blunder 
few know
    or care and he never misses a paycheck. The engineer has by far the harder 
job.

      John K Clark


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