Magazine article Risk Management

Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease

Magazine article Risk Management

Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease

Article excerpt

LEARNING FROM THE OCTOPUS

How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease

by Rare Sagarin

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Since 9/11, the concept of national security has changed. The United States has not been attacked by terrorists since that day, so something must be working, but the general approach has been fundamentally flawed, according University of Arizona marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin in his new book Learning from the Octopus.

To Sagarin, the general mentality to fight a "war on terrorism"--a war with a broad, reactionary strategy that can never be won--is misguided.

"Fish don't try to turn sharks into vegetarians," writes Sagarin. "Living immersed in a world of constant risk forces the fish to develop multiple ways to live with risk, rather than try to eliminate it."

You cannot win a war on terrorism, and you certainly cannot make yourself that much safer if your strategy is to make air travelers take off their shoes after one criminal tries to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb and then ban liquids simply because another tried that method. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.