Karl Thorburn joined host Nick Jeelvy on the last broadcast of The Writer’s Bloc to discuss his fresh and revolutionary ideas about the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, as well as answer questions from listeners, and it is now available for download and online listening.
Topics discussed include:
00:13:35 Mutually Assured Destruction
00:16:30 The popularization of the concept
00:17:59 Diseases as weapons
00:25:19 On European creativity
00:27:50 Albert Einstein would steal ideas
00:30:10 Back to mutually assured destruction
00:32:47 The Russian policy of “escalate to deescalate”
00:42:00 Low-yield nuclear weapons in the US
00:44:26 When the Wind Blows, animated disaster fiction
00:46:50 Nuclear winters are not inevitable following a nuclear strike
00:57:47 What it would be like if nuclear war pushed us back to the 1800s?
01:03:56 Has modern infrastructure made war more costly?
01:09:33 Differences between Chinese and Russian culture
01:28:49 On terraforming Mars
01:36:27 Xenophobia in non-white countries
01:40:59 The Fermi Paradox
01:44:12 Using nutrinos to communicate with aliens
01:52:45 All nuclear inventions were created by white people and then stolen from us. Are we suckers?
To listen in a player, click here. To download, right-click the link and click “save as.”
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This has been one of my favourite discussions in a while, Karl is a great guest. I am fascinated by global-catastrophic scenarios and the subject of outer space. Conspicuously no mention of bitcoin.
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