Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Safety First Followup

Jorah pointed out in the comments that the phenomenon (working to avoid unlikely but well-publicized risks) has in fact been studied. It's called the availability heuristic, which is probably something I should have remembered from psych 101 back in college. Click on the link if you want to geek out and read about it.

In any case, just to make it clear, I was in no way advocating intentionally putting your children at risk. What I was trying to point out is that if you spend all your time worrying about sensationalized but remote dangers (like stranger abduction) you're not only wasting your time, you're probably also ignoring many far more dangerous things that don't make the nightly news.


Reid said...

What surprised me, Walt, was that your blog - which I thought was fairly small-time - attracted a couple of anti-reality crazies in the comments.

Semper Augustus said...

Everybody likes sensational news and movie plots.

Common sense, however, seems to be threatened. I'm glad I got to ride my BMX bike all over the neighborhood before they were all invaded by pedophiles, kidnappers, and rapists.