Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I don't care what the statistics say

A small portion of the population is willing to be reasoned with, but when I tell my reasonably intelligent sister that “children are probably safer today than at any time in human history” she scoffs at me as if I am telling her that cigarettes have nothing to do with lung cancer. She is so dismissive she won’t even read the few things I have given her about it, and her attitude is not uncommon.
--Steven Pinker, Freakonomics blog, on how far expertise gets you within your family