Michael Blastland



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The Tiger That Isn't: Seein...

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The Numbers Game: The Commo...

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The story of economics

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“Pregnant women turn out to be a poor reflection of the prevalence of a sexually transmitted disease in the rest of the population because – guess what? – pregnant women have all had unprotected sex.”
Michael Blastland, The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through A World Of Numbers

“We don’t ‘see’ odds – how likely the thing is – we ‘see’ consequences. That’s what people would mean if they were to say ‘picture the risk’. They mean picture the worst that can happen.”
Michael Blastland, The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers about Danger

“Could we ignore it instead? The chance that a stranger will try to abduct Norm or any other young child is on average extremely small; the chance that the stranger will succeed is far lower than that. The chance that someone will murder your child is smaller again. For murder by a stranger of a child under five, even that risk drops 97 percent. If you are a parent, by far the biggest violent risk to your child, on average, is you.”
Michael Blastland, The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death

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