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But back in 1666 they didn’t have experts telling people that the most effective way of coping with a fire was to stay in your house and wait for the authorities to save you. People didn’t expect anyone to help them so they took care of themselves. Interesting that the evidence from most disasters seems to be that those who run away first are the ones who survive.
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Grant wrote:
Interesting that the evidence from most disasters seems to be that those who run away first are the ones who survive.


Do the corollaries matter?

One might be the evidence (or lack of) from the disasters that did happen and those that didn't run away. See Lot's Wife.

Another might be the evidence (or the computer modelling) from the disasters that didn't happen and those that did run away, screaming "the sky is going to fall down". See Prof. Ferguson.
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Ishmael


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1666.

Nope. Nothing suspicious about that date.
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Wile E. Coyote


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Pepys wrote:
"For the whole year the population of London had a great sense of foreboding, because the year had the number of the devil in it - 666. There was just this sense that something appalling was going to happen."


It did.

Divination is the mother of history.
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Wile E. Coyote


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Paradise Lost first publication 1667.
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Ishmael


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Wile E. Coyote wrote:
Paradise Lost first publication 1667.


Wow!

Curiouser and curiouser.
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Ishmael


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I once thought John Milton might have had a hand in the writing of Shakespeare---until I realized that John Milton didn't have a hand in the writing of John Milton.
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But back in 1666 they didn’t have experts telling people that the most effective way of coping with a fire was to stay in your house and wait for the authorities to save you.

I must protest at this. There is only one situation in which experts have ever told people 'to stay in their burning homes' and that is in modern high-rise blocks. It has been found in thousands of cases that fire spreads so slowly it is better for residents to stay (other than in the actual burning flat itself) while firemen do the business. In only one case, Grenfell, was this advice found to be wrong.
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Grant wrote:
But back in 1666 they didn’t have experts telling people that the most effective way of coping with a fire was to stay in your house and wait for the authorities to save you. People didn’t expect anyone to help them so they took care of themselves. Interesting that the evidence from most disasters seems to be that those who run away first are the ones who survive.


After 1666 the King decided, presumably after taking expert advice, such was the devastation, that in future all buildings would be built in brick. That no houses would be built close to the river, and there would be no lanes and alleys unless totally needed.

The great fire of Southwark (Suthwark)1212 death toll estimated at 3000. Would treat with caution.
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