Wednesday, April 29, 2009

If you've seen one, you've seen one

"Influenza is a virus full of mystery and surprises. The more we study it the more complicated it becomes. Remember the adage: "If you've seen one flu pandemic, you've seen one flu pandemic."" 
That's from the blog Effect Measure of the Science Blogs network. 
I suppose you can over-report stories about existential risks to humanity, but as a general matter, they're probably under-reported. Threats of asteroid collisions, nuclear war/winter, pandemics, technological disasters are probably all too little reported and understood given the consequences (even if the events are relatively unlikely on any short time horizon).