that those generated by the latest shift of the planer’s plates. What they did not anticipate, or perhaps chose to overlook, was the potential effects of natural disasters on something that, once unleashed, cannot be controlled again.
believe we exert some form of control. Actually, we control nuclear power much as we control sunlight, that is to say not at all. We pretend that by drawing the shades we exert some sort of power over a star. With nuclear power, we have done much the same by surrounding the beast with concrete, water, valves and cooling ponds, all of which are fallible. We do not know how to really tame the core of a runaway reactor though we should have learned a lesson or two from
popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a
any number of tragedies that could have been foreseen. The September 11 attack comes to mind, as does the ravage of
killed 60 people and was felt as far away as
history, scientists believe, yet the population at large does not believe Eastern Americans cities are vulnerable.
repeats itself. Perhaps we’re getting what we deserve.