I saw a snake in the trail on my last hike. I don’t like snakes. Should I be afraid of being bitten? –...
Your fear of snakes puts you in the company of about half the world’s population, Betty. For many, the terror is absolute, all-consuming, and entirely unreasoning. It wells up from some ancient recess of instinct and is the compounded product of millennia of cultural conditioning—after all, the serpent tempted Eve, initiated the Fall, and caused our expulsion from Eden.