Friday night topic: Natural disasters

— 4:54 PM on October 1, 2004

Trident Troll suggests tonight's topic:

Mt. Saint Helens is currently erupting. A series of brutal hurricanes ravaged Florida and the Gulf Coast recently. Significant earthquakes hit California just yesterday. There is much discussion about developing and using advanced technology to weaken or prevent such natural disasters. Certainly many lives might be saved. But should we really be tinkering with a complex self-balancing system such as Earth? If we manage to dissipate all the hurricanes in a given year approaching the East coast, what will be the ancillary effects? Might we cause more harm than good in the long run?
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