As a society - perhaps 21st century Americans especially - we’re strongly inclined to get risk wrong. We worry about different things for different reasons, depending on our temperaments. We worry about rare events we cannot control and ignore mundane hazards we can avoid. As individuals - especially those of us in the resilience trade - we need to resist all the cognitive short cuts that make that possible. I am reminded of a funny and challenging 2008 Op-Ed by Lenore Skenazy, the silly media firestorm that followed, and her refreshingly sensible blog.
Image credit: http://www.yalescientific.org/2011/05/cultural-cognition-and-scientific-consensus/