Risk


Dan Gardner
(Scribe $35)

It would be easy to write a cheap shot about how silly we are being so afraid when we’re living more safely than ever before. Ottowa Citizen journalist Gardner’s book has shades of such criticism, and you’ll join him in shaking your head at the most extreme examples of behaviour in response to statistically negligible or imaginary threats. But Risk also explains why we are this way and uses some smart scientific thinking to do so. Combine the instinctive responses (‘Head’ and ‘Gut’) that dictate our behaviour in the face of perceived threats with the audience-hungry media and fear-mongering politicians and Risk shines a light on the unique state of our collective mind.


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