With their capacity for indiscriminate destruction, nuclear weapons raise profound spiritual, moral and ethical concerns. In Today’s Conversation, Max Tegmark, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains the real risks of nuclear proliferation and what needs to be done to avoid nuclear catastrophe.
In this podcast, NAE President Leith Anderson and Max Tegmark also discuss:
- What we know about the nuclear programs of other countries, including North Korea and Iran;
- What a “nuclear winter” is, as well as other implications of a nuclear incident;
- Whether reducing the number of nuclear weapons weakens nuclear deterrence; and
- Why Republican presidents have had more success in reducing U.S. nuclear weapons than Democratic presidents.
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Leith: You’ve mentioned a large number of arms, 7,000 each, for Russia and the United States. There are other nuclear powers — India and Pakistan, allegedly Israel, and now North Korea. So, what do you know about North Korea’s nuclear program, and what are the risks there?
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