You are unlikely to die… oh wait

In: Culture Science Source: Economist

15 Feb 2013

Which of these do you worry about?

5 Responses to You are unlikely to die… oh wait

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Tim

February 15th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Strange that car crash, and plane crash, aren’t listed here; especially given that walking and cycling are.

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westrim

February 16th, 2013 at 2:11 am

I’m really worried about death- I understand that there’s a 100% fatality rate from it and there’s no cure or means of prevention despite trillions of dollars spent on research to at least put it off a few years.

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Hig

February 17th, 2013 at 4:53 am

Interesting that actuaries (source of data) think that around 100 people a year should be dying from asteroid impacts. Either they’re wrong, or they’re working in the possibility of very rare apocalyptic impacts that would wipe out huge numbers of people. Say impacts like the K-T impact that killed off the dinosaurs happened every 100 million years, and that they’d wipe out 95% of humans on the planet. That’s around 70 people per year. I suppose the last 30 people per year could be from smaller impacts…

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westrim

February 17th, 2013 at 5:13 am

You could suppose that, true… or read the footnote on the bottom right, indicated by the cross after ‘impact.’

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Marty

February 19th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What a truly stupid way of visualizing information. It seems like the relative difference from bee to fireworks is about the same as from fireworks to asteroid. In reality one of them is a 100% increase while the other is only 50%.

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