Friday, May 01, 2009

Swine Flu

By Diana Hsieh

Admittedly, I tend to be a bit of a worrier. While I can always articulate my reasons for worrying about something, I can be lead astray by my worries. Consequently, to counteract that tendency, I'm always very interested in to arguments that something isn't really much cause for concern. However, I do need facts and reasons, not merely claims like "don't worry about that" or "nothing bad happened last time" or "this other thing is even more worrisome." I want to understand the issue, not to be placated.

Hence, I was very interested to read this LA Times op-ed on why the swine flu isn't likely to cause a pandemic. Much to my delight, the reasons not to worry integrate quite nicely with my basic knowledge of evolutionary theory, including the relative success of the common cold relative to the failure of ebola. I won't quote any portion, as the whole op-ed should be read.

If only someone could do the same for my worries about the prospect of hyperinflation.

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