Some fear debut of powerful atom-smasher

Some fear debut of pow­er­ful atom-smash­er —

Let me take the minor­i­ty view on this one.  So… what if we do actu­al­ly destroy the earth by build­ing a machine of this pow­er? Per­haps every intel­li­gent species has had the tech­nol­o­gy to build such a thing with­out the cor­re­spond­ing abil­i­ty to accu­rate­ly mod­el what it will do when they turn it on. Maybe we’re about there’s a cos­mic cor­ner that you just can’t peek around with­out tak­ing a leap of ill-found­ed faith. There could be a point that all civ­i­liza­tions reach where they self-destruct because the laws of physics are bent too far by inex­pe­ri­enced hands, turn­ing curi­ous soci­eties into a trag­ic stream of dead worlds. Maybe that’s why we’re “alone;” it’s because every­one else com­mit­ted tech­no­cide.

I can’t wait for them to turn it on! I’ll throw a par­ty!

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