Ask A Genius 434 – Tolerance for Risk (1)
November 5, 2018
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You had a pitch to Bill Simmons. There was a list of stuff. It was when we started writing together, which was several years ago. One pitch was on risk.
Rick Rosner: The idea was that I would do a series on stuff that would be changing to such an extent that it will pretty much be going away. One of the things that I suggested would be going away was tolerance for risk.
It is another way of saying that as average lifespans increase, then life becomes more and more precious. People are going to treat themselves as being more precious. That has lots of implications.
There will be less tolerance for things like smoking, for additives that might give you cancer. An increased awareness of things that might kill you. Either based on actual studies or simply a feeling that some things are dangerous.
We are seeing this play out in certain ways. Idiots, against all science, have decided that vaccines are dangerous. An increasing number of idiot parents aren’t letting their kids be vaccinated, which reverts to the old-fashioned danger that your kid will get a dangerous disease because assholes didn’t vaccinate their kids out of a misplaced sense of the risk of vaccines.
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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