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Worst CasesTerror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination$
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Lee Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226108599

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226108605.001.0001

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Living and Dying in Worst Case Worlds

Living and Dying in Worst Case Worlds

(p.161) 6 Living and Dying in Worst Case Worlds
Worst Cases

Lee Clarke

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the need to live with the fact that there will always be worst cases and disasters. People should not fear them but prepare for them. This chapter provides some recommendations on how to deal with worst cases. These include demystifying the illusions of control that are proffered to us by our leaders and expected by the public, fostering preemptive resilience, and using counterfactuals and probabilism wisely.

Keywords:   worst cases, disasters, illusions of control, preemptive resilience, counterfactuals, probabilism

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