The Science and Politics of Fear
By (author) Dan Gardner
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Risk by Dan Gardner
Book DescriptionWe are the safest humans who ever lived - the statistics prove it. And yet the media tells a different story with its warnings and scare stories. How is it possible that anxiety has become the stuff of daily life? In this ground-breaking, compulsively readable book, Dan Gardner shows how our flawed strategies for perceiving risk influence our lives, often with unforeseen and sometimes - tragic consequences. He throws light on our paranoia about everything from pedophiles to terrorism and reveals how the most significant threats are actually the mundane risks to which we pay little attention. Speaking to psychologists and scientists, as well as looking at the influence of the media and politicians, Gardner uncovers one of the central puzzles of our time: why are the safest people in history living in a culture of fear?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780753515532
(194mm x 130mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Virgin Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dan Gardner
Future Babble, Paperback (April 2012)
In 2008, as the price of oil surged above $140 a barrel, experts said it would soon hit $200; a few months later it plunged to $30. Face it, experts are about as accurate as dart-throwing monkeys. And yet every day we ask them to predict the future. This book examines this phenomenon, showing why our brains yearn for certainty about the future.
Risk, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Dan Gardner
In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, Gardner explores a new way of thinking about the decisions we make We are the safest and healthiest human beings who ever lived, and yet irrational fear is growing, with deadly consequences - such as the 1,595 Americans killed when they made the mistake of switching from planes to cars after September 11.
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Author Biography - Dan Gardner
Dan Gardner is a columnist and senior writer for the Ottawa Citizen. Trained in history and law, Gardner worked in politics as a senior policy adviser before turning to journalism. His writing has received numerous awards, including the National Newspaper Award and Amnesty International's Media Award. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
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