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Long-time nuclear waste warning messages (wikipedia.org)
23 points by thewarpaint 9 months ago | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

> Linguist Thomas Sebeok, building on earlier work by Alvin Weinberg and Arsen Darnay and working as part of the Human Interference Task Force, proposed the creation of an atomic priesthood, a panel of experts comparable to the Catholic church, which has preserved and authorized its message for almost 2,000 years. The priesthood would preserve the knowledge of radioactive waste's locations and dangers through rituals and myths.

Amazing. Seems like a plot point of The Foundation series.

I think the task of propagating such information could suit well the Church of Reality: http://www.churchofreality.org/wisdom/welcome_home/

The concern is future generations stumbling upon radioactive stuff and spreading it everywhere... months, maybe years down the road, those exposed would get cancers, etc. And, by the time they figure out the cause, the material may have spread too widely.

A counter-intuitive solution to this would be to mix extremely radioactive material with the low-grade stuff. Those who stumble upon it will be dead within hours (or at least have immediately obvious symptoms of poisoning.) The ease with which our techno-ignorant descendants will be able to connect death/sickness to the location will ensure they stay away.

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