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Old January 14, 2009, 02:57 PM   #68
Brian Pfleuger
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I am dubious that this is really helping someone make informed decisions with their self defense tactics?
No argument there. It's a fun and interesting discussion though.

The main area that I think statistics can be useful is when we have little personal experience for a particular event but which might be more common than we expect. It's fairly dangerous to say "Well, it's never happened to me..." when you might be the exception rather than the rule. On the flip side, it can prevent us from being overly paranoid about things that we seem to think we need to be concerned with but are statistically highly improbable, like getting hit by "ice" dropped from an airliner.
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