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What is the dollar value of a human?

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What's the dollar value of a human?

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has calculated the value of a human life at $9.1 million, up from $6.8 million during the Bush era. The Food and Drug Administration's current estimate is $7.9 million, up from $2.9 million since 2008. Meanwhile, the transportation Department is sticking with its $6 million figure. Generally though, experts say the long-term trend is upward, with top human matter fetching big dollars. A lung alone goes for over $100,000 USD. Add to that bone marrow, extracted antibodies, blood and sperm donations, female eggs, bio-voltage, medical testing opportunities, lifetime taxation, ears, eyes, knees, hearts, livers and future earning potential and it all starts to add up. If you are feeling like a million bucks though, you shouldn’t. This rehashed tragedy of the commons scheme is about as dead in the water as a Hezbollah ten points of negotiation memorandum.

The only real authority on a human body's worth is the periodic table. It says a corpses’ raw resources are worth about a dollar. Sulfur probably has the most value once the water is drained. It’s used to make matches. That said, there is still reason to believe in a corpse's inflated worth. A recent report financed by the Department of Homeland Security suggested that preventing a death from terrorism now costs 100 percent more than other deaths. Invest in sulfur.

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This concept of putting a dollar value on human life is used by highway safety engineers to determine how much they can afford to spend on potential life-saving road improvements. The equation depends on a number of values such as how much people are willing to pay for optional safety devices, how much they are willing to risk their lives to save five minutes on the commute.

At what point does the cost of risk avoidance exceed the benefit of living life to its fullest?

Anonymous

This concept of putting a dollar value on human life is used by highway safety engineers to determine how much they can afford to spend on potential life-saving road improvements. The equation depends on a number of values such as how much people are willing to pay for optional safety devices, how much they are willing to risk their lives to save five minutes on the commute.

At what point does the cost of risk avoidance exceed the benefit of living life to its fullest?

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