Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Daniel Gardner moves through the basics of genetics, history and culture and then moves into the mathematical science (statistics) to really show what we fear does not add up. This book isn't a self help guide to fixing your fears and growing as a human being, but rather the nuts and bolts of how fear works in our lives, why it seems silly to be controlled by it and how we should really work with it. Don't get me wrong, danger is real, fear is a choice, this book will help you see that and hopefully overcome fear to really get on with life.
Overall boring and a tedious listen filled with tons of facts that can easily escape the average listener's attention span. I believe the hard copy format would be much easier to use as one could page mark and highlight those facts found interesting. Conclusion is that the author should have omitted at least 50% of facts to better make his point(s) and the listener/reader would most likely get the "big picture" quicker and easier.
...The love of a good story fascinated at age 5 and continues at age . . .
Sharpen your mind - Clarity of thinking begins with understanding data and motive, and Gardner presents a good argument for choosing leaders by maturity and wisdom over style and good one-liners.
If you enjoyed Outliars or Tipping Point (Gladwell) you will enjoy this read. Just as it is a treasure to find a beautiful woman who also has a deep, wonderful intellect, it is a treasure to find a book that both entertains and broadens your understanding of the world.
Yes... it uses statistics and information to help show contrast between perception of danger compared to reality. We live in a world that is far safer than it ever has been, yet people live in more fear today than many far more dangerous periods of history.
Curious… the author criticizes disinformation and hidden agendas, but does mostly the same since the book deals in many topics but “The science of fear”, whatever it might be.It ends up being a good book but on media and other topics, not fear.
The amount of data and numbers was sometimes difficult to digest. Pictures do make it easier.
I thought the format was good. To the point and not a lot of 'fluffing'.
He was good.
No. We all need to sit back and ask the question. What is the probability of that bad experience happening to me..
This book was a very thought provoking read with great insights into the other areas of behavior and habit.
Interesting perspective on why people react to the things they do and what we should be reacting to. Very well read though got a bit repeatitve towards the end. Enlightening to those who havent sat back and thought about the mathematical realities of of those things most people fear.
Well read and enjoable to listen to.
If you suffer from fearfulness or anxiety that stems from any irrational fear of catastrophe or things like robberies, plane crashes, murder....this book was made for you. Puts logical thinking behind all of these events and makes you realize you literally are very safe. We believe all bad things are "on the rise" and occurring more frequently when, in fact, this world has been improving for hundreds of years. Very very compelling and empowering. I highly recommend!