Should You Be Afraid Of Sharks? Probability and Probabilistic Thinking

The Blacktip Shark-one of the more common species of “biters”.
  • forget about sharks (“It won’t happen to me.”)
  • don’t swim with open wounds on your body.
  • avoid New Smyrna Beach, Florida (apparently the most common place in the world, where sharks attack).
  • don’t swim at beaches where shark attacks have frequently happened (of course, events tend to happen in clusters, so 3 shark attacks in 2 years at one beach should mean that maybe you DO swim at that beach, unless their favourite prey also lives in the ocean at that beach).



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Matthew Oldridge

Matthew Oldridge

Writing about creativity, books, productivity, education, particularly mathematics, music, and whatever else “catches my mind”. ~Thinking about things~