The Odds

04/10/2016 - Captain Bunn
The Odds

What is a person’s odds of dying due to one thing or another? Statistics may be interesting, but they don’t really change how we feel. Why? Statistics are processed in the left brain, but emotions are triggered by what goes on in the right brain.

Smoking (by/before age 35): 1 in 600
Car trip, coast-to-coast: 1 in 14,000
Bicycle accident: 1 in 88,000
Tornado: 1 in 450,000
Train, coast-to-coast: 1 in 1,000,000
Lightning: 1 in 1,900,000
Bee sting: 1 in 5,500,000
U.S. commercial jet airline: 1 in 7,000,000
Sources: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley



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