Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 8: People Do Reject Technologies, Part 2

Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and how to argue well with intractable disagreements.

Show Notes

Sometimes, the rejection of a technology is far less clear cut than in last week’s discussion of Google Glass. With nuclear weapons (and nuclear waste), for example, decades of rejection by many people has not stepped further development and proliferation. What do we do when we face intractable disagreements, especially about things we think represent grave moral evils?

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Fire bombing of Dresden
  • Nuclear fallout
  • Half-lives
  • Mustard gas
  • 9 countries with nukes
  • Yucca mountain explainer
  • Yellow journalism
  • “The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.”, on the Pacific Coast Warning System

Previous discussion of similar themes on the show:

  • 4.05 – The Price of Democracy: The necessity and the limitations of gradualism, incrementalism, and compromise in politics.
  • 4.10 – The Ancient Wisdom of Usenet: Populism, social media, and wisdom in when, how, and where to (dis)engage with people you disagree with.
  • 5.11 – Fences, Neighbors, etc.: How do we defend great common goods when they pose small, but real, individual risks?
  • “Assembling the Fleets” by Andreas Waldetoft. Used by permission.
  • “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.

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  • Andrew Fallows
  • Kurt Klassen
  • Jake Grant
  • Jeremy W. Sherman

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