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Which scientist will destroy the world first?

Asked by Xpress411 (120points) December 21st, 2007

With all these movies lately like I am legend or The Core, it seems something could get out of hand. So whats it going to be… recoding a virus to cure cancer, particle accelerator experiments, or some garage experiment?

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finkelitis's avatar

Almost no disease could actually destroy the world—it would be hard to top, say, the plague—though they could do a lot of damage. No to particle accelerators too. I think the “gray goop” prospect of nanotechnology, i.e. that self replicating miniature robots just keep replicating and eat everything, is the creepiest sci-fi scenario that has a tiny chance of happening.

But truthfully, we’re much more likely to go through climate change or a nuclear exchange.

hossman's avatar

Most of the diseases sufficiently virulent to potentially kill a significant portion of the population kill so quickly that the carrier doesn’t live long enough to have the opportunity to spread the contagion to a large number of people.

DryaUnda's avatar

The social scientist that convinces enough people that the natural sciences are inherently destructive and inhumane. Below are some raw, but very self-explanatory, links regarding this concern.

hossman's avatar

Hmmm. . . some natural scientists would even argue that “social sciences” is an oxymoron.

Foolaholic's avatar

My money is on Nuclear Physicists.

hossman's avatar

I’m gonna go with the biological warfare boys at Fort Detrick.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

Somehow, I think the government and/or stupid people will do it first. Although they’re building a fusion reactor in france. I wonder what kind of bomb you could turn that into.

No but seriously, I think it will probably global warming/climate change if we don’t do anything about it.

kawaii_ninja's avatar

Unserious answer: Homer Simpson (he has an underlying evil streak in him…)

Serious answer: Out of Global Warming, New diseases, Nuclear bombing, War, and everything else that could kill us in this world, i think any of them could finish us off. Not all at the same time of course ;]

kawaii_ninja's avatar

P.S. I am Legend is an AMAZING film….

It scared me a little when the mutant things were stalking him and you could hear them all coming in the disntance! And it was sad when his dog dies :’[

steelmarket's avatar

Two “social scientists” of the 20th century wrote books (manifestos, or social plans) that contributed to the deaths of tens of millions of people. Their names were Marx and Hitler.

ordosingularis's avatar

Robert Oppenheimer

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