The nuclear industry is haunted by symbols of fear. Is it time to dream up some new ones?
Civilisation is a complex thing. There are 8 billion people out there, and almost everything we do involves others. We work in teams, we negotiate with clients, we move in crowds.
Symbols save time
Imagine if every time you wanted to collaborate with someone, you had to explain what you wanted them to do from first principles. Take driving: what if every time you came to a T-junction, someone had to be there to tell you to stop?
That would be ridiculous. Instead, we use symbols.