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Some individuals will decide to take it, others would not. I'm curious about why it's being written now. I bear in mind what George Orwell said about intellectuals from his Notes on Nationalism essay from 1945.
There is increasing literature from Oxford University and other institutions (which I can refer to you if you like)
What are you referring to?
From the testimony of Robert Rathburn Wilson before the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 1969. As quoted in a lovely memorial to Wilson and the Fermi National Laboratory's Tevatron by science blogger Jennifer OuelletteSenator John Pastore: "Is there anything connected with the hopes of this accelerator that in any way involves the security of the country?"Physicist Robert Rathburn Wilson: "No sir, I don't believe so."Pastore: "Nothing at all?"Wilson: "Nothing at all."Pastore: "It has no value in that respect?"Wilson: "It has only to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of man, our love of culture. It has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things we really venerate in our country and are patriotic about. It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending."
The study of such hypotheticals is good in and of itself?
I wonder how many scientists will read Tena Thau's paper.
As scientists you are guided by ethics. Would this be ethical to research to make reality?