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Evidence For Intuitive Probability?

I’ve often pressed the case for teaching probability (here and here) because it is counter-intuitive and therefore difficult to understand. Well this bad-ass 10 year old girl either confirms the benefits of teaching probability at a young age or shows that maybe it’s only counter-intuitive to us post-pubescent pansies. 

A 10-year-old Orlando girl has become Volusia County’s first shark bite victim of 2010 — and she said she can’t wait to go back to the beach.

[…]

“I like swimming in the ocean,” she said. “It’s a freak thing, and a one-in-a-million chance that I would get bitten by a shark. So it really wouldn’t happen again, I don’t think.”

(h/t Freakonomics

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