The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger

The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger

by Daniel Gardner
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525950622
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/17/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

Table of Contents


Prologue: 1,595     1
Prehistoric Refugee     5
Of Two Minds     18
The Death of Homo economicus     32
The Emotional Brain     59
A Story About Numbers     87
The Herd Senses Danger     102
Fear Inc.     125
All the Fear That's Fit to Print     155
Crime and Perception     182
The Chemistry of Fear     218
Terrified of Terrorism     246
There's Never Been a Better Time to Be Alive     289
Notes     305
Bibliography     325
Acknowledgments     329
Index     331
About the Author     341

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