Does Trump Understand What It Means to “Totally Destroy North Korea”?


While speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in September, President Trump made an extraordinary threat to “totally destroy North Korea.” Due to psychic numbing, the president fails to appreciate the consequences were he to follow through on this threat: the deaths of 25 million people.

In a recent blog post for Scientific American, Arithmetic of Compassion contributors Andrew Quist, Paul Slovic, and Scott Slovic discuss how psychic numbing prevents President Trump from grasping the consequences of his threat to exterminate a country’s entire population.

To read more, access the blog post here.