Sunday, June 13, 2010

Better Lucky Than Good

In a follow up to the Abby Sunderland story, the 16 year old girl who was attempting to sail solo around the world before her boat floundered in the Indian Ocean was found alive and well by a search and rescue team.  The firestorm surrounding the parents' decision to let a minor child do this has not abated.  Her father has compared the risks of sailing solo for 13 months to the risks teens face when they drive.  Not many teenagers die sailing in remote oceans while thousands die every year behind the wheel.  I guess he has a point.

1 comment:

  1. He *doesn't* have a point. That father is using the fallacy of small numbers to con people over this. Of course very few teens die sailing alone in southern oceans every year, mainly because few teens sail alone in southern oceans every year *at all*. Yes, thousands of teens die in car crashes every year, but *millions* survive car trips every year.