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The 50/50 Murder

A thought experiment on how we measure risk when the fate of the world hangs in the balance

Illustration: Daniel Zender

This is the first installment of “Privatizing the Apocalypse”, a four-part essay to be published throughout October.

Imagine a brilliant would-be killer arranges the following scenario:




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