[ExI] The Avalanche Threat

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 03:56:42 UTC 2007

On 14/09/2007, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
> Suppose that your neighbor (who's a perfect shot) manages to
> sting you on the arm or the back of your head with his BB gun
> once or twice a week.  I dare say that you'd be more concerned
> about that than you would be about dying in an automobile accident,
> even though the probability of dying in a car crash vastly outweighs
> the chance of dying from one of your neighbor's BB gun shots.
> Why?
> Or do we just need to chalk it up to human irrationality?
> I maintain that there is a parallel here, and that we are designed to
> react to consciously executed premeditated threats far more than
> we are to equally dangerous natural phenomena, and for good
> reason.

Why "for good reason"? It seems like a bad reason to me.

Stathis Papaioannou

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