I’m currently reading a book with the above title, as I’m profoundly interested in trying to figure out the interplay of luck/chance and the amount of control we do really have in life. It’s not much I think.
While reading it I came across an interesting statistic, which appears very timely seeing the politicians are interested in factors like prediction and control at present.
Japan has the highest rate of cigarette consumption in the Western world (big countries). In fact the place just billows so much cigarette smoke that one day the IPCC may well suggest an ETS of Japanese smoking obsession. ☺
Japan has also close to the highest if not the highest big western country longevity rates in the world too.
Statisticians find it awfully hard to find an answer to this glaring anomaly. Of course the possible answer could be diet related. However if that’s the case then smoking may not necessarily be the leading cause of death in the West that we’re often told it is. I’m just throwing this up, as I don’t really know and it is in no way a suggestion that anyone should take up the habit. This is particularly so since big stats doesn’t necessarily lead to individual fortune
Japan’s longevity and very high per capita smoking offers an interesting insight that lots of things are really non-linear. This is possibly food for thought as a large number of politicians try to peddle a huge government redistribution money grab under the pretext of saving the planet.
Things are usually not so simple.