Oh, how tweeps have been having fun today with the “news” that certain types of food will increase your chance of death. They point out that a living individual’s chance of death is 100% and therefore cannot be increased any further. The Dead Dad is unliving proof that this is the case.
But what the joyless wags are overlooking is the implied scope within the claims. When I open the fridge and proclaim “There’s no beer!” it’s understood that I refer only to the inside of my fridge and not to the world at large. Similarly, claims about rates of death need to be understood in a narrower scope than “forever”. Otherwise the entire branch of actuarial science may as well give up.
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