Mercoledì 12 marzo 2014 ore 15.45
Aula 303 – Viale Romania, 32
Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles.
RISK ASSESSMENT: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES
We citizens of the U.S., Italy, and other modern industrial societies don’t think clearly about dangers.
We tend to overestimate the importance of actually insignificant dangers (such as plane crashes and terrorists), and we tend to overlook what are actually the most important dangers (such as slippery shower floors and home electric appliances).
Attitudes of traditional people towards danger may help us focus on the real dangers in our lives.
Prof. Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography.
He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical society.
Among his many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s Cosmo Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize Honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University.
He has published more than six hundred articles and his book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.