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Dan Gardner is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper with a different take on analyzing the risks that we face in the world today.
He does a phenomenal job of breaking down various risks from toxic chemicals, terrorism, disease, kidnapping, ect.
Mr. Gardner also does a great job outlining why we don't response to risk rationally and how this, in combination with media, politicians and other interest groups, makes people focus on the little obscure risks instead of the important ones that kill and injure people every day. This book is useful for anyone living in the Western world but should be required living for anyone who spends their time listening to American media.
The narrator, Scott Peterson also delivers an excellent reading of the story.
All-in-all a great use of my credits.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
I've listened to this book twice, and then downloaded the Kindle version, because the information written herein is vital to processing the world around us. This book is full of mind-blowing stats and info that everyone should know. If we can learn to understand the world and not fear it, as well as take note of the things we should fear and respect but do not, we could all live better lives.
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Would you listen to The Science of Fear again? Why?
I would listen to the first half of this book again. the first half is full of ideas about why we choose to do weird things and put ourselves in danger. The second half is very repetitive and gives more and more examples of the same thing.
What did you like best about this story?
My job is to work out why people get things wrong and put themselves in harms way for no real reason so I find texts like this very interesting. This book analyses some of the reasons why people put themselves in danger (often without realising it), which may seem an irrational response and explains why they have behaved the way they have behaved. I would recommend this book, but probably short bursts are better than long sessions as the narrators voice I found a bit difficult to listen too at times.