Stories Move Us More Than Numbers

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Today, I’d like to share an 11 minute podcast from NPR’s Shortwave. It’s entitled, “Why 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths May Not Feel Any Different.” It discusses the concept of psychic numbing.

“Why is it so hard to feel the difference between 400,000 and 500,000 COVID-19 deaths—and how might that impact our decision making during the pandemic? Psychologist Paul Slovic explains the concept of psychic numbing and how humans can often use emotion, rather than statistics to make decisions about risk.”

An invitation to listen to the Podcast.

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