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October 19, 2005

Bird Flu or Not?

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Since we're in the mood to worry about the future: Hey, how about that bird flu, eh? I have nothing to add to the discussion, of course. But it is within my tiny powers to link to GNXP's ScottM, who argues that worries about bird flu are overdone, and to Tyler Cowen, who thinks that we're in for some real challenges.



posted by Michael at October 19, 2005


Dr Marc Siegel was just on "Coast to Coast" (WABC Radio) last week talking about this.

Here are links to his website and his book "False Alarm; Truth About the Epidemic of Fear."

Posted by: winifer skattebol on October 19, 2005 11:32 PM

It's interesting how whenever a new disease breaks out, everyone breaks out into hysterics and panic. It's human nature to start screaming when you perceive that your life is at stake. I think people *should* worry and take steps to protect their health and it would be more effective if people became more informed about the pros and cons--but alas, most people don't work that way.

Posted by: sya on October 20, 2005 10:41 AM

Good commentary on the bird panic:

Posted by: David R. on October 21, 2005 11:36 AM

Apologies. Bad link. Try this:

Posted by: David R. on October 21, 2005 11:38 AM

As Seth Godin puts it: *Optimism is hard.But it's usually worth it".

Posted by: Tatyana on October 21, 2005 2:32 PM

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