Panicology: Two Statisticians Explain What’s Worth Worrying About (and What’s Not) in the 21st Century – Simon Briscoe & Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Sick of newscasts where reporters try to freak you out (“Is America losing control of its borders and allowing al-Qaeda terrorists with dirty bombs access to your children’s cell phones? We distort, you comply.”)? These two authors briefly discus a cornucopia of issues and break them down scientifically into levels people are panicking over them, how dangerous they truly are, and the degree people could actually—if oddly—benefit from the situation. Are they correct and the news wrong? I can’t be 100% sure, but their arguments, for example, on how the decline in savings is leading to catastrophic results and that impending doom by rogue asteroids is almost meaningless are interesting. Panicology