…ng back. They are killing this many of us precisely because this is as many of us as they can kill. And the reason for that is straightforward: there aren’t very many of them. Despite all we hear about radicalisation and recruitment and schoolchildren travelling to Syria to …
Yes. There is NO reason to change your behavior because you hear about more terrorist attacks on the news. The news is getting better at highlighting these events but terrorists are killing at a steady and very low rate.
This is a common mental heuristic (shortcut)- the availability bias. In a sentence it is the tendency to use easy to access or popular information to draw our conclusions. Ex — are more people being killed in car crashes or extremist attacks in the us? I would be tempted to say attacks because of how little I hear about car crash statistics on the news, but clearly that is not the correct answer.
In the 70s and 80s in the US, it was a norm to hitchhike.
People trusted one another enough to get in a strangers car and not fear their lives. After the explosion of the Internet in the 90s several cases of hitchhikers being murdered or raped came up and the cultural trust level went way down.
People stopped getting in cars because they heard more about the bad things that could happen, not because the number of bad things was actually rising.
So let’s think about the real numbers before deciding to change our behavior, or we could end up making very bad decisions based on instinct.