Risk! It's more than a game by Parker Brothers. It's the topic of the first programme in the ninth series of the BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, in which "Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring their witty and irreverent take on the world" of science.
This programme's opening featured some classic Brian Cox.
Cox: So how can we combat the alluring simplicity and melodrama of anecdotes with the nuanced but occasionally complex world of fact? Is this even possible or are we storytelling creatures forever doomed to value opinion over statistical evidence? Problems caused by our misperception of risk are not just confined to our everyday existence. They affect our government policy decisions through the unfortunate conduits of democracy.
Ince: You would like every single decision made by scientists?
The Infinite Monkey Cage returns in the first of a new series and turns its gaze on the science of risk. Together with guests David Spiegelhalter, Sue Ion and former Goodie, Graeme Garden, the team explores such questions as: why is seven the safest age to be? Should badgers wear bicycle helmets? How safe is nuclear power and how worried should we be by the threat of asteroid impact? Producer: Rami Tzabar.