Longtime readers of the blog will know some of this already, but should enjoy it nonetheless:
One of the things that baffles me about people is how they completely misunderstand risk. Lots of my friends panic about things that have no real chance of killing them, but ignore the things that will. This can lead us to make irrational decisions, and sometimes irrational policy. What really will kill us? Watch and learn.
For those of you who came here looking for references, here they are:
- Estimated Cancer Deaths by Sex and Age (Years), 2014
- Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010
- Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2010
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Restraint use on aircraft. Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention.
- Effects and costs of requiring child-restraint systems for young children traveling on commercial airplanes.
- “Misfearing”–culture, identity, and our perceptions of health risks.
- What kills kids?
- What kills kids? – ctd.
- What kills us