Quantifying the damage.
What’sTheHarm is designed to make a point about the dangers of not thinking critically. Namely that you can easily be injured or killed by neglecting this important skill. – At last glance, the casualties, injuries, and cost of not thinking critically came to:
368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages
The website is operated by Tim Farley, who also does a segment on the Skepticality Podcast on History relevant to skeptics.
It’s a number that can only get bigger, and is far from exhaustive – I would suggest that it barely scratches the surface. Check out the topics available:
Looks like it’s official: Stabbing your neighbours eyes out with scissors won’t fix your money problems.
A family in the central Indian Village of Khaira, in the Chhattisgarh State had been having money and health problems. The culprit was obvious. A 45-year-old woman, S.S. Baghel – who they claimed was practicing witchcraft.
- Stab your worries away
Brutalities, mainly against women are usually related to witchcraft and are not new for the illiterate and tribal areas Chhattisgarh. Women accused of witchcraft are often killed or paraded naked.
Eleven people stormed the home of the women, where they proceeded to beat her up, held her hands up, and blind her by stabbing their eyes out with scissors. When he husband tried to intervene, the group turned on him and stabbed his eyes out as well.
10 suspects have arrested, police said.
The doctor at the local hospital confirmed that would probably never be able to see again; lest they use witchcraft to restore their eyesight.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/strangebuttrue/gang-blinds-husband-and-wife-with-scissors-20110523-1ezd2.html#ixzz1SmCSR9L1