Risk Management In Traditional Societies: Science Speaker Jared Diamond [VIDEO]
But, as he explained in an New York Times editorial, taking one shower a day for 365 days (until the statistical life span age of 75) carries a 1 in 5,475 chance that you will have a slip or fall. And, if you are an older or more frail person, that accident could be devastating—or even fatal. New Guineans—one of the traditional societies that Diamond studied extensively for his book—take these kinds of risks very seriously. They don't think about showers, per se. Instead, they evaluate the risk of activities like sleeping under trees. Since trees are known to fall and crush those laying beneath them, they take care to not press their luck by taking a load off under big, old, trees.
While Diamond doesn't suggest that we avoid or be fearful of every day activities, he does present an interesting way of looking at the way we live. In his book, his keynotes, and interviews like this one, Diamond expands on the in-depth case studies he presented in his New York Times bestseller The World Until Yesterday. Compelling in its own right, the book's material gives us new insight into the way other people in the world live—and what we can learn from them.