Mathematician and financial expert Eric Weinstein warns that most people are not taking the threat seriously, even though the risk of nuclear conflict is currently “somewhere between one to five percent”, as he says. “One thing I learned is that a large part of the population thinks that unless the probability is above 50 percent, it is impossible,” says the mathematician, who earned a doctorate from the prestigious US university Harvard before joining the and turned his back on the academic world. ,
Weinstein is convinced that the decisions of five people threaten to end the world. Who are these five mushroom cloud heads: Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden, Ukraine’s Head of State Volodymyr Zelensky, China’s President Xi Jinping and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un.
In 2019, mathematician Weinstein proposed a public demonstration of a fusion bomb because most people did not yet understand the scale of destruction caused by modern weapons. “I called for a return to rare above-ground atmospheric nuclear testing,” he told podcaster Brian Keating.
“These inventions enabled humans to destroy themselves by manipulating power we did not know how to control. Although this caused some short-term concern about the threat of nuclear annihilation, most people today are distracted by the pace of modern life. “Nobody is paying attention. We are sleepwalking toward Armageddon,” he said.
“We are discussing the most unimportant,” he said, adding that most people see the war in Ukraine as a kind of soap opera rather than a world-threatening threat, “as long as it looks like a house-to-house fight. And as long as Zelensky is telegenic”.