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Meet Up: Petrov Day Celebration 2017 - Oxford Campsite

jbeshir 06 September 2017 06:44AM

WHEN: 23 September 2017 12:00:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: Willowbrook Farm near Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

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On September 23rd, we will be celebrating the decision of Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov on September 26th 1983 to not destroy the world.

Despite receiving system reports of multiple US missile launches, Petrov ignored Soviet protocol and chose not to report honestly to his superiors, instead declaring the launch detection a false alarm. Which later turned out to be the case. Thanks to one decision by one man in a tense, time-pressured moment, the world was not destroyed in thermonuclear flame. We choose to celebrate this anniversary because, if anything is worth celebrating, the survival of the human species is.

We’ll be gathering around a (decidedly less powerful) fire at Willowbrook Farm to rejoice in the world we’re lucky enough to still have, sing songs about science and hope and the future, and renew our shared determination to do as much as we can in our own lives to make the world a better place. We'll be camping out overnight, but space in a tent and a sleep mat will be provided (although you should bring a pillow and blanket).

Anyone is welcome. Anyone who cares about solving hard problems and helping others and eliminating suffering in the world and finding truth through science and the progress and achievements of humanity will find parts of our celebration that resonate with them. It does not matter if you can't sing, can't dance, don't know how to pitch a tent, don't know how to build a bonfire, don't know anyone else going, don't know the songs yet, haven't been to previous events, need accommodations to attend, or don't want to cook. You are welcome.

For more information and to sign up so we know to have room in a tent for you: https://www.facebook.com/events/114377042605506/

If you don't have an FB account just send me an email at john+petrov@beshir.org to let me know you're interested and send any questions.

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