As David Ropeik as explained on Big Think, the dangers of The Perception Gap is that we tend to be either "too afraid, or not afraid enough, and that gap causes risks in and of itself."
In today's lesson, we look at optimism bias, or the belief that "it won't happen to me." This is how we tend to look at the threat of nuclear weapons, the journalist Eric Schlosser tells Jeff Schechtman in this week's Specific Gravity interview.
Schechtman asks whether it is "pure dumb luck that we have not had an accident involving nuclear weapons?" In fact, we have had many such accidents, perhaps over 1200 of them… the worst of which happened in Damascus, Arkansas, 33 years ago.