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Old 01-02-2009, 10:40   #61
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One of the mechanisms evolved for risk analysis involves being able to think of an example. If you're told that the watering-hole is dangerous, it 'feels true' if you saw uncle Charley dragged off by alligators there last year. In the moden age of communications, we get all sorts of spectacular stories and visuals of danger (they grab attention, after all) that give us all 'examples' to think about, making us think things are more dangerous than they really are.

It's part of human nature to obsess over spectacular dangers that are unlikely, while being dismissive of the dangers that are likely. This is why people will willingly sleep with a taser under their pillow (I saw on TV that a home invasion happened in Seattle last week) while needing a law to stop them from talking/texting on their cell phone while driving.
Well said and I would ad that the media hype (in this country at least) is responsible for their scare tactics, invoking fear in the general public for the sake of their profits. I haven't had TV for over 20 years. I don't miss it one bit. Unfortunately the media's cup runneth over on the Internet.
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It's part of human nature to obsess over spectacular dangers that are unlikely, while being dismissive of the dangers that are likely.
It does not need to be spectacular or obsessive but it is in some cases. Some conversation on CF centers around "can anyone say anything negative about _________" Unnecessary risk is then defined in terms of "because it might or could happen" means it will happen to you. If you are traveling with a spouse you've just doubled the odds so this really is a serious concern. The progression happens quickly.

So you've been shocked by a cattle fence big deal. The image of the predator being fried to a cinder and the ashes taken away by sharks is just too appealing to pass up. Revenge is preferred over a true defense even if the fence really can't deliver the revenge. It is the illusion that it could! It's the assumption that the need is real.
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There are alpha risks and beta risks to everything, so for any given action you take, there are circumstances for which the action would produce a good or bad result. Having said that, I tend to get chummier with the locals than many people do. If some fisherman comes by selling fish or lobster, I will invite him for a beer. In Jamaica, I've had them come by my boat at 4AM telling me the fish are biting and inviting me to go fishing with them. OTOH, late night visitors could be up to skullduggery. For me, I would hesitate to shock the **** out of every visitor.
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We're hijacking this thread.
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