RE: Anticipatory backfire

Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 11:12:59 MST

From: Mitchell Porter

>there a name for dangers or catastrophes which are brought about
as a result of an attempt to anticipate and defend against them?<

The self-fulfilling prophecy of runaway technology resembles a "uncontrolled burn" where firefighters start controlled fires with the "controlled burn" strategy in anticipation of preventing larger fires, but the controlled fires get out of hand.

The "prescribed burn" is used to aid the "uncontrolled burn" (economics reference).


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