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"We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press"

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Funny I should read this the day Alfie's on TV talking about terrorist threats... :)
17th Aug 2006, 18:07   | tags:,,

Mandy. says:

but, i don't want to get hit by lightning either.

17th Aug 2006, 18:10

Dhamaka says:

I've got loads of stuff on the perceptions and management of risk and extremes if you're interested Mat, and am working on more. Most recent was a bit business oriented but focussed on miscommunications in risk management of Central European governments..

17th Aug 2006, 18:14

Twiglet says:

mat, are you a time Lord? The date in the bottom left hand corner......

17th Aug 2006, 18:18

Dhamaka says:

btw - IMO the problem is how to help people update their heuristics rather than send them further and deeper into denial..

17th Aug 2006, 18:20

mat says:

Dhamaka: that sounds interesting, thanks. most of what I know about risk perception can be summed up in one sentence: "the vast majority of people are utterly rubbish at understanding the real value of risk"

Twiglet: I've answered that question last week. :)

17th Aug 2006, 18:23

Dhamaka says:

will dig you up some stuff

*retreats, bowing to Time Lord


17th Aug 2006, 18:24

Alfie says:

Fab article, I havn't got the most recent article of NewScientist yet.

"the television media is destroying our probabilistic mapping of the world"


17th Aug 2006, 18:38

goode says:

it's true, i very rarely see the new on tv, and i'm ashamed to say i'm not always clued up on the latest on terror! however i also don't have the worry either!

17th Aug 2006, 21:01

bronxelf says:

I've been saying that EXACT. SAME. THING. For three years.

Just turn the damned television off.


17th Aug 2006, 21:17

Mandy. says:

I understand the 'ignoring the news' and 'being sensible' point of this article - but at the same time, I find shelter when hiking above the treeline & a thunderstorm pops up. and with pete travelling an average of 2 weeks of every month, I worry about some violence befalling him - but i worry more about pilot error & weather than terrorist attack.
of course, i mostly drive the speed limit & wear my seat belt - maybe that makes me an over-reacting worrywart.

18th Aug 2006, 00:32

twfarlan says:

Bless you for posting this. Too many people need to hear it.

18th Aug 2006, 00:52

Caine says:

Excellent! Everyone should be able switch off the tv, and more people should actually do it.

18th Aug 2006, 00:54

mouseninja says:

i don't tend to watch TV at home... it runs through the same monitor i use for my pc...

so if i watch tv, the pc isn't on!
Not gonna happen too often!

oh, and great set.. i love the way it runs through the 3 pics...

18th Aug 2006, 07:59

Salome says:

If you fancy some hardcore Risk theory, Mat, try Ulrich Beck, who's kind of the start here of Risk Theory and takes a social perspective rather than a management one. He's one of my favourite sociologists and very readable. Perhaps you read him in philosophy? I wouldn't know.

Not that I'm suggesting you couldn't handle the less readable ones, but it's always nice when they make an effort.

18th Aug 2006, 12:22