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The Science of Fear

Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't-- and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger
Gardner, Dan (Book - 2008)
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From terror attacks to the war on terror, real estate bubbles to the price of oil, sexual predators to poisoned food from China, our list of fears is ever-growing. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear seems to be taking over, often with tragic results. For example, in the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly—believing they were avoiding risk—road deaths rose by more than 1,500. In this fascinating, lucid, and thoroughly entertaining examination of how humans process risk, journalist Dan Gardner had the exclusive cooperation of Paul Slovic, the world renowned risk-science pioneer, as he reveals how our hunter gatherer brains struggle to make sense of a world utterly unlike the one that made them. Filled with illuminating real world examples, interviews with experts, and fast-paced, lean storytelling, The Science of Fear shows why it is truer than ever that the worst thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Authors: Gardner, Dan, 1968-
Title: The science of fear
why we fear the things we shouldn't-- and put ourselves in greater danger
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2008
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel Gardner
Contents: Prehistoric refugee
Of two minds
The death of homo economicus
The emotional brain
A story about numbers
The herd senses danger
Fear Inc.
All the fear that's fit to print
Crime and perception
The chemistry of fear
Terrified of terrorism
There's never been a better time to be alive
ISBN: 0525950621
9780525950622
Branch Call Number: 152.46 G226s 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-328) and index
Subject Headings: Fear
Topical Term: Fear
LCCN: 2008003024
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