Chapter

Living With Risk

Terence Taylor

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0002
Living With Risk

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This chapter attempts to compare lessons from evolutionary experience in nature to help us understand elements essential to the survival of human societies in relation to risks that are potentially catastrophic. It begins by describing a number of historical examples of societies that have perished through an inability to adapt to changed environmental circumstances, or due to vulnerability to an adversarial society. It then suggests effective mitigation of biological risks or catastrophic risks emanating from natural or deliberate and negligent human action. The chapter also describes efforts to defend against biological terrorism and examines the challenges in dealing with risks arising from advances in life sciences and biotechnology.

Keywords: survival; risks; biological risks; catastrophic risks; biological terrorism; life sciences; biotechnology

Chapter.  3843 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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