Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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There's a reason it's called "terrorism" ...
by Hypnos on Wed 17th Nov 2010 01:47 UTC
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... it plays on people's irrational fear. It takes advantage of two cognitive biases prevalent in humans:

1) We tend to overestimate the importance of rare events.

2) Intentional events have a greater impact than unintentional events, even if the results are the same.

Basically, terrorism works because people are stupid.

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