This is the most dangerous time for our planet
As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. So the recent apparent rejection of the elites in both America and Britain is surely aimed at me, as much as anyone. It was, everyone seems to agree, the moment when the forgotten spoke, finding their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere. I am no exception to this rule. What matters now, far more than the choices made by these two electorates, is how the elites react. This in turn will accelerate the already widening economic inequality around the world.
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