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Putting the Disaster in Natural Disasters: Why Many Choose to Live in Harm's Way

David Ropeik | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

As extreme weather events seem to be increasing around the world, changes consistent with the kinds of things climate change is predicted to cause, ma...

Thinking, Fast and Slow... About Staying Alive -- What's Missing From Kahneman's Classic

David Ropeik | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
David Ropeik

If you want to know what goes on in your brain as you "think", and you can only read one of the flood of recent books on the subject, you can not do better than Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Risky Today, Gone Tomorrow? Where Do Our Fears Go When the Oil Stops Leaking?

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Sooner or later, the leak will stop and we'll move on. It makes sense to worry most about what threatens you now, but it's a lousy way to assess the risks we really face.

Why Do Smart People Make Dumb Decisions?

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Psychologists who've studied our decision-making processes have observed cognitive biases that tend to get us in trouble. These biases don't make you a bad person, they just make you human.