Repetition Helps More Than You're Brain in "Surviving Disaster"

People have no concept of risk.

In modern disasters, one’s brain doesn’t always help. It’s trying to save you, but it doesn’t always know best. That’s the premise of Surviving Disaster: How the Brain Works Under Extreme Duress. So, Doc, how does it work? Well, (half-quoting,) “the amygdala kicks into gear. It’s your emergency control center.” But we aren’t used to operating in that range, so it’s of dubious use. It reminds me of that Robin Williams joke, he gets close to the mic and says, “I don’t know where, I don’t know when, but somewhere something terrible is going to happen.”

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