Re: Singularity: Just Say No!

Eugene Leitl (
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 22:30:40 +0100

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky writes:

> "There are more ways to skin a cat than nuking the site from orbit...
> but it's the only way to be sure."

Unfortunately, with nukes you can only sterilize comparatively tiny volumina, while globally distributing potential contaminants, the updraft pumping dust right into the stratosphere. Andromeda strain movie was bull, but at least they have gotten that much straight.

I really don't see any other way of sterilizing Earth by dumping enough rocks upon it to melt the upper crust (giving plenty of opportunity for particles to reach escape velocity, a la tectites), or introduce a singularity within its volume which grows faster than it evaporates.