Saturday, November 14, 2015
We humans scorn what is not concrete. We are more easily swayed by a crying baby that by thousands of people dying elsewhere that do not make it to our living room through the TV set. The one case is a tragedy, the other a statistic. Our emotional energy is blind to probability. The media make things worse as they play on our infatuation with anecdotes, our thirst for the sensational, and they cause a great deal of unfairness that way. As the present time, one person is dying of diabetes every seven seconds, but the news can only talk about victims of hurricanes with houses flying in the air.
-Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Thing That Gain from Disorder