Symposium Summary

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Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction

February 28 – March 1, 2015

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues.

A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation

DAY ONE: Saturday, February 28

Opening Remarks
Dr. Helen Caldicott

Theodore Postol
Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, MIT – Striving for Armageddon

Max Tegmark
Professor of Physics, MIT – Artificial Intelligence and the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War

Alan Robock
Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University – Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter: Climatic Effects of Nuclear War, Catastrophic Threats to the Global Food Supply


Steven Starr
Associate of Nuclear Age peace Foundation, Former Board Member and Senior Scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility – An Unrecognized Catastrophic Extinction Event Waiting to Happen

Bruce Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space – The Ongoing and Dangerous Militarization of Space Nuclear War

Bill Hartung
Center for International Policy – Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the US Military Industrial Complex


Greg Mello
Los Alamos Study Group – The Role and Funding of the US Nuclear Weapons Labs

Seth Baum
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute – The Catastrophic Risk of Nuclear War

Bob Alvarez
Institute Of Policy Studies – Lateral Proliferation Could Trigger a Nuclear Holocaust

Robert Parry
Investigative Journalist, Consortium News – Ukraine and the Human Factor : How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.


DAY TWO: Sunday, March 1

Opening by Moderator Ray Acheson
Director of Reaching Critical Will – Report on Vienna conference

Holly Barker
Department of Anthropology, University of Washington – Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic Pathology Related to US Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands

Hans Kristensen
Federation of American Scientists – The Status and Trends of the World’s Nuclear Arsenals

John Feffer
Institute of Policy Studies – Comparison of Spending on US Military Industrial Complex and Prevention of Global Warming


Janne Nolan
Elliott School of International Affairs – Hooligans at the Gate: The Checkered History of Arms Control

Mike Lofgren
Former congressional staffer and author of Anatomy of the Deep State – The Merger of Corporations and the US Government as an Underlying Cause of the Current Nuclear Situation

Susi Snyder
(PAX, the Netherlands), Author of the 2013 & 2014 DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB reports – Don’t Bank on the Bomb.


Alex Wellerstein
Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology – Personalizing the Bomb

Hugh Gusterson
Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University will describe his anthropological research over many years studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists at Livermore and Los Alamos Labs.

Robert Scheer
author of Star Warriors – The Madness Persists

Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics MIT – A Pathology That Could Yield to Catastrophe if Not Cured


David Krieger
President Nuclear Age Peace Foundation –Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Brought By the Marshall Islands Against the Nine Nuclear Nations

Tim Wright
Campaign Director International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN – Some New and Exciting Solutions

Dr. Helen Caldicott
President The Helen Caldicott Foundation– While There’s Life There’s Hope

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