86. Curiosity can be stronger than fear of death
Any information on global risks is useful. For example, if we run a certain dangerous experiment and survive, we learn that that kind of experiment is safe. This game has a limit though, where we eventually run an experiment that blows up in our faces. People risk their lives for the sake of knowledge or experiences. Alfred Nobel's (inventor of dynamite) experiments accidentally caused the death of five workshop assistants, including his brother Emil. Various scientists studying diseases have deliberately infected themselves with the pathogen of study to observe its effects firsthand. In 1993 in Russia, Boris Yeltsin put down a coup attempt where his political enemies had occupied the Parliament building, and some innocents who had crowded around the building out of curiosity were shot. We can be certain that there will be some people, with the power to destroy the world in their hands, who will be extremely curious about what would happen if they unleashed this power. People will agree to run dangerous experiments for the sake of curiosity.