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Which do you think is more common: suicide or homicide? By how much? See below for answer.
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So, which is it? Let's look at the numbers.
Top 15 causes of US deaths, 2007:
25.4% heart disease
2.2% flu & pneumonia
1.9% kidney disease
1.2% liver disease
Suicide is almost twice as common as homicide, for the whole population.
What about ages 15-24? Top causes:
13.1% homicide (41.5% for black males 12-19yo)
2.6% heart disease
see also http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databrie...
Homicide is a much more common cause of death for young adults — especially young black males. :-/
Did you guess right?
Can you think of any other examples of the availability heuristic misguiding your sense of how often things happen?
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