"Salient" is a word that derives from Latin word "Salire" which means "to leap (out)".
In the military, a "salient" is a portion of the line that is on the verge of breaking through the opposing forces...or in danger of being cut-off from supplies and reinforcements.
In the world of heuristics and risk-assessment, "Salience" is the tendency to overweight novel and graphic outcomes and underweight common, pedestrian outcomes.
A common demonstration involves listing a list of causes-of-death and asking people to rank-order them.
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Drug overdose
|Don't swim with the alligators or you may end up with egrets|