What’s true? What is pure hyperbole? How much of CNN is exaggeration? And how much of NHK is gross understatement?
There are a lot of “experts” out there on TV, Intertubes and talk radio at the moment, and more than a few seem to be more interested in milking the limelight than providing factual and useful information. A lot people know people, who worked with someone, who once knew a nuclear engineer that wrote a blog-post on how safe, or indeed how evil nuclear power is.
One minute things are OK, the next it is time to stock up on bacon and trail mix. The sheer amount of misinformation makes it hard to figure out what is really going on without getting caught up in either side of the argument.
We are not going to get into the debate here on whether or not the Apocalypse is neigh. But before taping up your windows and chimney with tin-foil however, it is prudent to have some real working knowledge on the issue without needing a doctorate in nuclear physics.
We present to you then, a no-nonsense LAYMAN’S lecture from UC Berkley, yes THAT UC Berkley, home of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where much of nuclear physics got their start. It is long, entertaining, enlightening and riveting. Most importantly it is given in a conceptual way that most reasonably intelligent people can understand and follow. You won’t win a Nobel peace prize after watching, but unlike the Prime Minister of Japan and many other world leaders, you might just learn “What the hell is going on”.
And if you have a chance, the other videos in the series are also well worth watching too. Unless of course you actually have a life.
Hat tip to John Simpson for the video tip!
Gratuitous Hyperbole and a Half image courtesy of Allie at one of the funniest blogs on the internets