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We lost 3,300 people on 9/11. As a result we passed the most draconian infringement on the Bill of Rights (Patriot Act). Total gun deaths is 38,000 per year. Today, we're losing 14,000 per week to Covid.

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My "Martin's Second Law" is: People suck at risk perception

People fear totally unrealistic niche scenarios but completely accept tremendous risks. That really hurts our society.
They do. Back in the 70s and 80s, I knew a number of people who were afraid to fly on airlines, and if they had to, they'd get drunk before boarding.

But, they had no trouble jumping in the car with me and driving somewhere.
Also people don't understand the difference between danger and risk. A plane crash is extremely dangerous, but its risk is extremely low.
@Emmanuel Florac Correct, but the problem runs deeper. Risk is a purely emotional component. You can neither access danger nor probability on an emotional level. I used to joke that for most people the risk is proportional to the font size in the newspaper article (you notice, that was back when we still had newspapers).
@Martin Seeger yep. And that's why people are afraid of nuclear plants and terrorism, while dying from diabetes and cancer.
NOTE: There's a brain fart typo in the original post. It should read 14,000 per week, not per day. I've corrected it, but I don't think edits propagate into the fediverse. The good thing is that the error makes no difference in terms of the point I was making.
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