October 30, 2006

The Tipping Point: Part Five

If people started holding the door for people more often, displaying a high-level of courtesy, would we begin to see a decline in traffic accidents? This is the backwards thinking we have to start looking for.


Justin Elder said...

Perfect idea. Holding the door open or saying thank you after someone holds the door open, perhaps saying God bless you after someone sneezes... common courtesy things that get overlooked a lot today.
Off the tipping point thing for a second, because I'm confused by stop lights. If everyone paid attention to when the light turns green and accelerated at approximately the same rate, wouldn't we get a lot more cars through the light instead of waiting until the person in front of you goes before you go. Think on 59 for example how many more cars would go through a light rotation. Somehow that idea needs to tip.

Anonymous said...

I've thought about that before, but I don't think our reflexes are good enough for that (at least some of us). People have been conditioned to want significant distance between your car and the next car.

It would be hard for me to floor it unless I had a lot of faith that the person in front of me would also floor it.

Eric Olsen said...

that got me starting to think about magnetized roads (Minority report - style). That just couldn't happen, could it? Not that we couldn't create it, but the fact that we would have to tear down our current interstates to do so? I just think we're stuck with the highways, and probably will focus on getting incredibly efficient cars.

BUT, a new I-80 (cross-country highway) could be created that could hook up cars to a high speed rail system and fly across the country, then when you get where you want to be, you merge off and then can drive the standard way from then on.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, is that car that supposedly parallel parks itself the beginning of this?

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