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Neil deGrasse Tyson
In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
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Katie Aug 4
Replying to @neiltyson
The difference is that mass shootings have never inspired a single effective action to ensure that they never happen again. The equivalent would be if nobody worked on flu vaccines, or effective treatment, despite people needlessly dying from it.
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Katie Aug 4
Replying to @neiltyson
Medical errors: staff can be suspended, fired, have their licenses to practice medicine revoked. Patients or their families can sue the hospital. Staff can be re-trained, if appropriate, or punished. Policies can be made to prevent it happening again (see Harold Shipman case).
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Rob Gavagan Aug 4
Replying to @neiltyson
Emotions tend to respond more to spectacle when that spectacle is an act of terrorism literally conceived to surge emotions in order to enact social/political change. Almost all the things on your list are the result of human error. Mass shootings aren’t.
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Rob Gavagan Aug 4
Replying to @neiltyson
Almost all the things on your list also usually have only one victim per event. Medical malpractice isn’t the result of a doctor injecting and killing 30 patients with a deadly chemical in the course of 10 minutes. Imagine if multiple doctors, unpredictably, did this.
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Lutchi Gayot Aug 5
Replying to @neiltyson
. is being attacked today because we have an entire generation that lives and breathes on emotion.
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Balázs Farkas 🐙 November Edition Aug 5
Here's the thing. Not an entire generation. The entire human race in its entire history. You can't disregard emotions when speaking about a subject that caused emotional distress, trauma. Data is meaningless when it comes to tragedy.
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Steve Analyst Aug 5
Replying to @neiltyson
Let's look at that data 500 medical errors probably caused by 500 people 300 flu deaths due to 300 instances of flu 250 acts of suicide committed by 250 people 200 car accidents caused by 200 people 34 shot dead by 2 people. Are you sure it's not the data?
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Antisoulcialyte Aug 5
It's not just these specific 48 hours. His stats are EVERY 48 hours. It's a valid point that deaths aren't causing the emotional reaction, it's the spectacle. The angry replies are actually proving his point.
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xisumavoid Aug 5
Replying to @neiltyson
A good point but I think it should also be considered that the emotional response has a value that should not go ignored. Shootings are horrific and have an impact on us disconnected from the individuals involved unlike other causes of death, although all death is a tragedy.
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Trite Aug 5
Replying to @xisumavoid
The problem with this tweet is that it isn't a good point. It's whataboutism. It's dismissing the problem. Humanity can focus on more than one problem at a time. And, at least for me, people intentionally killing others for their ethnicity or religion is a far worse offense.
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