Re: suicide data (was: Re: Are guns extropian?)

Dan Clemmensen (
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 22:40:14 -0400

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 05:41 AM 7/10/98 -0700, mark wrote:
> >P.S. And if Europe's so great, why is it that suicide rates are typically
> >at least twice as high as America?
> How reliable are these comparative figures? It strikes me as likely that a
> religiose culture like [large portions of] the USA (or Iran) might well
> record deflated figures for suicide on the grounds of familial shame, etc.
> Europeans are often more candid.
In particular, in the US cars are universally available. We tend to have a great many fatal one-car accidents with only the driver in the car. There have been several studies of this phenomenon duringhte last decade.