In this thread I’ve set up a scenario where the Earth is going to be destroyed, but that there’s a slim chance humanity can survive if we can get off the planet.
Building the needed ship(s) will require a global commitment of time and resources. The opinion I took for that thread was that the governments of the stable industrialized nations would know of the threat but not the public at large. There would be ficticious cover stories set up for the projects and governments would take action against groups that were a viable threat to those projects.
My thoughts being that less than 100% effort with fewer distractions would be better than 100% with all the doomsday cults, religious zealots, and probably even governments with issues that would be actively trying to sabatoge efforts.
Someone later suggested that the public should be informed so that all efforts would be focused on saving humanity.
The question for GD then is whether public knowledge would be the best approach. Let’s pre-fork this for two different futures. The first being that there is a small chance that we can survive to rebuild on another planet. The second that we’re toast, it’s the end of human history, close the book.
For the time being, I’m going to stick with my original premise. Public knowledge would pretty much cause immediate economic and political collapse. There is no futures market because there is no future.
There would be a huge upswing in crime because everyone is under the death penalty, there is no appeal.
Most governments would become some varient of a theocrasy because people people facing imminent death tend to get religion. “There are no athiests in foxholes”
My thinking remains the same for either side of the coin. Slim chance or none.