Gever Tully, a VERY cool guy and founder of the Tinkering School--which isn't a school at all, but a place to play with tools and build neat stuff, has invented a new term. Dangerism--which is about how a society decides what is "dangerous." He did a TED talk about the 5 dangerous things every kid should do, if that tells you where he's coming from. :-)

I thought some might be interested, since he's one of the only voices out there calling our society on how paranoid we are about safety.