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What Hiroshima teaches us about coronavirus and the future of humanity


The nuclear bomb informed us we’re the best menace to our personal survival – and the covid-19 pandemic reveals the classes nonetheless to be taught, say Anders Sandberg and Thomas Moynihan



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5 August 2020

Nagasaki was hit by an atomic bomb three days after Hiroshima

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ON 6 AUGUST 1945, a nuclear bomb was dropped on the Japanese port metropolis of Hiroshima. Three days later, Nagasaki suffered the similar destiny. Three-quarters of a century on, the full human toll continues to be unclear. In Hiroshima alone, some 75,000 souls have been obliterated immediately, with many extra deaths in the following months and years.

These are the solely instances nuclear weapons have been utilized in struggle; debates about the rights and wrongs proceed. As we bear in mind those that died, we’d additionally usefully …

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