15. Erroneous representation that global risks are in the far future and not relevant today
The possible self-destruction of mankind has been a rather serious issue ever since the United States and U.S.S.R. built up their nuclear stockpiles. Though unlikely that nuclear war could wipe out humanity alone, in conjunction with biological weapons it could be possible today, in a worst-case scenario. Within 20 or 30 years, there will be many more tools for dealing death, and the risk will increase. The risk is here today; it is not futuristic.