Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Prehistoric Brain

Time.com has an article on Risk Assessment lamenting that humans are so poor at analyzing long term risks. They blame it on our prehistoric brain.

The article starts off by telling us that 600 Americans die every year by falling out of bed and how mundane things are likely to kill us.

I think there's a basic internal inconsistency in these types of articles. Why should I worry about eating a hamburger and my cholesterol when I could die tomorrow? The fact of the matter is that none of us know how long we'll be around. And I don't care what's most likely to kill Americans. I only care what's going to kill me.

Actually I think our society is way too safe. The fact that total idiots live to a ripe old age is a testament to the skill of our civil engineers and the nanny state perpetuated by people like Professor Sunstein...but I think our world is way too wrapped in foam and child-safe.

Carpe Diem.

And I will take fries with that.

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