ranking risks rationally
Posted by bobbapink on Mar 04, 2002 at 13:07
In a rational society, the low risks shown in the bottom group should receive little consideration, but the public's attention is determined more by media coverage than by results of scientific risk analysis. The most glaring example of this is nuclear power, which is widely perceived by the public as being dangerous. We see from the bar diagrams that its perceived risk is a thousand times inflated. Few people take the time to rank risks rationally.