Seth Baum's Home Page

My interests and activities are broad, but all revolve around the theme of making the world (universe(s)?) a better place. I conduct research that combines science, engineering, and ethics to assess what, given present circumstances and particular ethical frameworks, might be the best thing(s) for us to be doing. I also help organize academic and professional communities to advance work on these topics.

I am Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a Research Scientst at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the Osomocene Productions video production company, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. I recently completed a PhD in Pennsylvania State University's Geography Department and a post-doctoral fellowship with Penn State Geography and Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.

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Contact info: seth [at]

Networking: Facebook * LinkedIn * Twitter * Google Scholar * Society for Risk Analysis
At present I am particularly interested in networking with people who are or would like to be working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.

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22 Dec 2014: My review of the recent film Snowpiercer has been published in Journal of Sustainability Education. The talk text (pdf), slides (pdf) and video (YouTube, beginning at 49:40) of my talk 'What is the risk of nuclear war?' at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons are now online.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
6-9 December 2014, Vienna. Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Civil Society and Government conferences. I'll give a talk 'What Is The Risk Of Nuclear War?' at the government conference.
7-10 December 2014, Denver. Society for Risk Analysis 2014 Annual Meeting. Unfortunately I must miss it this year but my colleagues will still have a global catastrophic risk session as usual.
28 February-1 March 2015, New York City. The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, hosted by the Helen Caldicott Foundation. I will give a talk "The catastrophic risk of nuclear war".
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 22 Dec 2014