The Fukushima Error

If you think you’ve experienced the worst possible harm and you’re still alive, you haven’t experienced the worst possible harm.

Seneca: “We should be anticipating not merely all that commonly happens but all that is conceivably capable of happening, if we do not want to be overwhelmed and struck numb by rare events as if they were unprecedented ones.”

Lucretius (paraphrased): “The fool believes that the tallest mountain in the world is the tallest mountain he has seen.” (Can we call this Lucretian underestimation?)

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