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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 June 2008 10:00AM

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Comment author: Rolf_Nelson2 19 June 2008 01:15:28PM 1 point [-]

@Vladimir: We can't bother to investigate every crazy doomsday scenario suggested

This is a strawman; nobody is suggesting investigating "every crazy doomsday scenario suggested". A strangelet catastrophe is qualitatively possible according to accepted physical theories, and was proposed by a practicing physicist; it's only after doing quantitative calculations that they can be dismissed as a threat. The point is that such important quantitative calculations need to be produced by less biased processes.