You are offered $1,000,000 for the following act: Before you are ten pistols–only one of which is loaded. You must pick up one of the pistols, point it at your forehead, and pull the trigger. If you can walk away you do so a millionaire. Would you accept the risk?
There was a time when I probably would have said yes. I mean, you’ve got a 90% chance of walking away with a million bucks. Those aren’t bad odds. But, then again, you’ve got a 10% chance of dying. Those aren’t good odds. So, I’m gonna say no.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.