Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
He’s one of the great minds of our times. In this book he explores, focusing on three different periods, where we’ve come from, who we are and where we’re going. He also takes the opportunity to discuss perception using some interesting numbers. Despite what politicians say (and 24 hour news), we’re living in a time of unprecedented peace and safety.
Deaths in war by 100,000 people
And even more interesting is his view on terrorism. Here’s the global death toll of different causes of death (Richard King via Oxfam)
So if we take France as an example, which has been Europe’s number one target for terrorism in the past two years- and take the number of dead (247), and consider the population (66 million), that means if terrorism continues at its current rate a person in France has less than two ten-thousandths of one per cent chance of being killed in a terrorist attack. That’s 27 times lower than their odds of dying in a car accident. (Thanks for the number Tom Pollock 🙂 )
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Oh, and the other day I discovered a rather interesting new presence on WordPress. Her name is Martina Feyzrakhmanova and she writes on a whole range of fascinating things which you might want to have a look at here.
Happy New Year!