A lady brought her small son to the Mulla’s school. 
‘He is very badly behaved,’ she explained, ‘and I want you to frighten him.’ 
The Mulla assumed a threatening posture, eyes flaming and face working. He jumped up and down, and suddenly ran out of the building. The woman fainted. When she had come to, she waited for the Mulla, who returned slowly and gravely. 
‘I asked you to frighten the boy, not me!’ 
‘Dear Madam,’ said the Mulla, ‘did you not see how afraid I was of myself as well? When danger threatens, it threatens all alike.’
From the Exploits of the Incomparable Nasrudin by Idries Shah
How do we assess risk?  Do we control our fear, or does it control us?  We think of ourselves as rational beings, but the way we perceive risk is rarely rational. When emotions run high, our judgement can go out the window. And as the current pandemic goes to show, there are some things that trigger our fear more than others. This event will investigate the ways we perceive danger and make decisions based on those perceptions. We'll be speaking to thinkers and experts in the field, and participants will get a chance to ask questions. Together, we'll try to understand whether we can get better at evaluating the increasingly complex risks we face – and work out when and why it's time to be afraid.

ISF will provide details of how you can join this live event – time to be confirmed – and how you can contribute your questions. 
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Published on: Oct 14, 2020