This is Your Brain on Risk

Great David Ropeik post on Big Think: You see it all the time, the rationalist argument about the way people perceive risk. It goes something like this: “Why are you so afraid of X (insert some threat that is a really low probability but which is really scary), when you SHOULD be more afraid of Y” (insert something that is far more likely, but less scary.) The Onion recently published a great satire about this, “142 Plane Crash Victims Were Statistically More Likely To Have Died In A Car Crash”. Click there, read it, laugh, then come back. Because this raises a profound issue directly relevant to your health and survival. Read the rest. And much more from David on Dot Earth.