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November 09, 2005

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Deb

Your Frankenstein effect is a fake bias. It's an open question whether the fear of technology is irrational since as your bias 4 suggests, experts themselves are often biased.

A big bias in the moronic war on terrorism is representativeness bias- stereotypical thinking. Americans think terrorist=arab, forgetting about Ted Kaczynski and Tim McVeigh. And ever since the shoe bomber, millions (billions?) of travelers at airports have had to take off their shoes. This is nuts.

dearieme

No, Deb, the nuts are higher up than the shoes.

sean morris

Simple fact, The IRA were a secular organisation fighting a secular war. AQ and the Islamists are a theological organistation fighting a theological war.

At the end of the day, you can sit down and do a deal even with your enemies if they share some of your values, you cannot do that with people who see you and yours as the devine anointed enemies marked for total destruction.

Thus even if the IRA had a much better orgainisation, weapons ect the threat from them was managable.

The threat from a minority sect from the worlds second largest religion is thus greater, and not just in practical terms .

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