by Alex Tokarev
Posted 8/22/12, 05:17 pm
Do your children like scary stories? It seems that most of us preserve some taste for them when we grow up (for instance, I love Stephen King). The media knows that an apocalyptic prophesy sells better than any good news. When a solution "doesn't lay right before our eyes, it is easy to assume that no solution exists," point out economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner in Super Freakonomics. Hence scary, fatalistic, neo-Malthusian theories are always popular.