37. Religious outlooks and eschatological cults
The study of global risks infringes on territory that has since time immemorial been associated with religion. This gives it an unscientific gloss. However, mankind imagines many things before they happen, and religion and myth are the primary historical engines of such imagination, so such an association is inevitable. Consider all the concepts from myth that became or were verified as real: flying machines (Vedas), weapons that destroy entire cities (the Vedas), transubstantiation (New Testament and medieval occultism, particle accelerators and nuclear reactions transform basic elements), catastrophic flooding (Old Testament, search for "Black Sea deluge hypothesis" on Google), miraculous healing (the benefits of modern medicine would be considered miraculous from the perspective of a couple centuries ago), and so on. Just because something has been mentioned in stories does not mean it can't actually happen.