First step against fear

By » Thu, September 6 2012

Check out this interesting article on fear and imagination:

In Most Secret War, Dr. R. V. Jones discusses the human tendency to “conjure up fear under conditions of stress,” a tendency the modern Westerner—stalked by fears of terrorism, crime, and economic catastrophe—will no doubt appreciate. The example Jones cites, though seemingly trivial in hindsight, is both entertaining and revealing.

During the war, rumors began to filter back to Britain about a German “engine-stopping ray.” The site of the supposed misadventure was invariably near a television tower.

Read the rest for a list of questions you should ask yourself when you find yourself afraid of something or imagining a giant global conspiracy specifically designed to control you.

If it helps, recite the Litany against Fear first.

[via Schneier]

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