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September 19th, 2006
What makes a suicide bomber?
Chris Phoenix: Yesterday, Tom Craver wrote: "I hope MNT does increase creativity, and help make people more self-sufficient. The more that happens, the less I think we need fear that people will become alienated by the loss of their old lives, and do something evil."
This reminds me of something I've been trying to get a handle on for a long time. What is it that makes people turn themselves into bombs?
In trying to predict and perhaps shape the impact of molecular manufacturing, it will be important to understand both the possible effects of social change, and the possible consequences of new technology in the hands of would-be attackers and defenders.
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