April 30, 2003

Just Be Afraid, and Everything Will Be OK

Duncan Watts, a friend from Santa Fe days, shows up in Slate, advancing the paradox that if it weren't for what we've done in an unjustified panic over SARS, we'd have reason to panic about SARS. "Our real concern ought not to be that we are too easily scared, but that we are too easily reassured." Further to this topic, SARS prompts John Holbo to reflect on how Singapore manages to be an honest police state (which I hasten to add, should anyone there be reading this, is not how he phrases it).


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