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Review of Averting Catastrophe: Decision Theory for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Potential Disasters of All Kinds by Cass Sunstein

A good (short) read for anyone interested in how to set guidelines for policy to avert serious problems such as pandemics and climate catastrophe. Cass Sunstein outlines some sensible rules for managing uncertainty and judging the relationship between the probability of different scenarios (from the difficult to the catastrophic) and the kinds of policy remedies that are justified.

Uncertainty is a basic condition of modern life and paralyse decision-making when the implications require serious policy remedies. In this book, Sunstein sets clear and sensible guidelines for making judgments and evaluating when serious problems require the most serious remedies.

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