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The Fallacies of Risk

We, humans, are not very good at estimating and weighing risks. Looking at the definition of risk, this is not so strange. To make things even more complicated, the debate on risk often takes place at the border of science and politics, of logical reasoning and subjective judgment. Whatever we do to try and find objective parameters and criteria to assess and weigh risks, decisions what we do and what we do not find acceptable depend to some extent on value judgments. There are no 100% objective criteria to make these types of decisions. Many fallacies come up in this minefield for logic. [more]