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Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:50 am
Fear of flying

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lapsedmodernist
lapsedmodernist
trust the hours
Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)

Departure may be scheduled, but I never take arrival for granted.

I have a similar cluster of anxiety and fear. I generally think of them as originating in what I call the "medieval" part of my brain. I understand the physics which keep the plane in the air, but on some level, when I see an airplane, especially one that is taking off, my thought process is: "big metal thing in the sky! surely it will fall!" And that visceral perception is also belied by the sort of technological skepticism that you mention. What Giddens described as "trust" in expertise in "Consequences of Modernity" I generally experience as suspicion and paranoia.


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