CORRELATION ISN’T CAUSATION

Just read this interesting article by John Staddon in The Atlantic.  It’s about traffic and the difference between the signage in the UK and the signage in the US (and their negatively correlated traffic death statistics).  But it’s more potently about how Americans prefer to be able to drive the speed they want around a blind curve at night in the rain without consequence.  It’s about how this society craves freedom but expects rules and restrictions.  And about how when rules are lifted and we’re expected to use our own judgment, we fear our own inadequacies and the inadequacies of others.  We are reluctant to expect ourselves and our neighbours to make effective decisions.  And so, despite our desire for freedom, we crave the signage that John argues is making our roads less safe and our traffic-related deaths higher.  Strange.

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