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Indeed.

I suggest people check out part six of Adam Curtis' Pandora's Box, that cover this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora's_Box_%28TV_series%29#...

On top of all of this we had a generation that was hammered about the dangers of a nuclear war, including the potential poisoning of the environment around a blast by fallout.

And at the core of all this we have the issue that radiation is a silent killer. We can't smell it, we can't see it, we can't feel it. This amps up the fear element greatly.




"And at the core of all this we have the issue that radiation is a silent killer. We can't smell it, we can't see it, we can't feel it. This amps up the fear element greatly."

As well it should. Dangerous things that you cannot detect with any of your human senses are rightly to be feared.

This behavior is well-preserved in humans for a reason.


Gas you use to cook with doesn't smell either. They add stuff to it so u can smell it. It is just as silently deadly without these additives.


They add stuff to it because it's very important to be able to detect when it is present.


What do you plan on adding to radioactively-contaminated materials so that people can see, or hear, or smell, or taste it?


Thats borderline ludditeism. We can't detect CO or even CO2, should that stop us from using fire?


"Thats borderline ludditeism. We can't detect CO or even CO2, should that stop us from using fire?"

I said that fear was justified - not that we should or should not use those things.

Similarly we should indeed be afraid of CO for those very same reasons. I know I certainly have a healthy respect for, and fear of, CO.


CO detectors are in pretty widespread use.


Humans can detect CO2. An elevated level of CO2 makes you feel out of breath. Reducing O2 has no impact other than you pass out.

If you use fire, the "invisible" risks are oxygen deprivation or monoxide poisoning. You will be quite aware that something is wrong when there is too much CO2.


The most pressing problem facing humanity today is "using fire" - that is, CO2 generation from fossil fuel.


That has nothing to do with the nonsense that we should avoid using something powerful or dangerous simply because our human senses are not equipped to detect it. You are literally surrounded by toxicity in modern materials, power transmission, and machinery. 110 volts is enough to arc and create ozone. Basements can accumulate radon. Cooking can release toxic gasses. These are not reasons alone to avoid modern conveniences.




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