Bicycle helmets – A case of risk compensation?

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Re: "Bicycle helmets – A case of risk compensation?"

Postby Mike Sales » 20 Jun 2020, 9:50am

Risk homeostasis seems to me common sense.
Human beings, and all sentient creatures, have to decide on actions in a world full of risks and rewards. They have to evaluate these externals to function as best they can.
When they are aware of changes in these externals they change their behaviour to try to achieve their desired balance.

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Re: Bicycle helmets – A case of risk compensation?

Postby Vorpal » 20 Jun 2020, 10:02am

Topics merged (this study was discussed when it came out).
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Re: "Bicycle helmets – A case of risk compensation?"

Postby [XAP]Bob » 22 Jun 2020, 5:49pm

Mike Sales wrote:Risk homeostasis seems to me common sense.
Human beings, and all sentient creatures, have to decide on actions in a world full of risks and rewards. They have to evaluate these externals to function as best they can.
When they are aware of changes in these externals they change their behaviour to try to achieve their desired balance.


Though the really interesting bit of RH wrt plastic hats is the alteration in *other's* behaviour because they perceive you to be safer.
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.