Spencer R. Weart's The Rise Of Nuclear Fear

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (H.P. Lovecraft). There is a common phenomenon that humans tend to fear the unknown. This occurrence is human instinct. Humans like to know what, when, and why something happens. Often this fear drives everyday lives. Technology is a major unknown. Self-driving cars are an astounding invention; however, The thought of being in one is terrifying. No one can fully understand the depths of technology because it is constantly evolving, and that is scary. In Spencer R. Weart’s work, The Rise of Nuclear fear, He discusses the need for trust in the officials who control these unknowns. Without trust, fear will only rise. This is…show more content…
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