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July 2017

The Tragedy of the Uncommons: On the Psychology, Politics and Policy of Existential Risk

July 26 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Sign  up via Eventbrite In this public lecture, Professor Jonathan B. Wiener, formulates a distinct type of problem: ‘the tragedy of the uncommons’, involving the misperception and mismanagement of rare catastrophic risks. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ is a classic type of problem, involving multiple actors who face individual incentives to deplete shared resources and thereby impose harms on others. Such tragedies can be overcome if societies learn through experience to mobilize collective action. Although the problem of rare and…

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Health Emergencies, Resource Allocation and Individual Health Security

July 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Alison Richard Building (ground floor), 7 West Road,
Cambridge, CB3 9DT United Kingdom
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16:00 - 17:00, Monday 31 July Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge No registration needed. Seminar presented by Jon Herington, co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre Abstract: When faced with a health emergency (e.g. SARS, Ebola, natural disasters), health care workers must choose whether to allocate resources to interventions which prioritize the emergency, at the expense of interventions which address ordinary health problems (e.g. malaria, AIDS, maternal mortality).…

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