The Science of Fear is a remarkable and engaging (albeit repetitive) book that helps us see how we frequently get worked up by our emotional response and end up making ill-informed and foolish decisions. The book also discusses how we are manipulated using fear tactics and how to avoid falling for such devious messages.
we would be much better off as a society if even one fraction of what is noted in this book made headline news
This book should be required reading for being a human.
Breaking down the approach of climate scientists to relating data to different audiences. This and topics like is are where you learn if you're reading something with a partisan agenda or not.
It's easy to end up flat or condescending in these types of reads, he does neither.
Fear: It's not real, it's science.
This book really stands out compared to others like "The Culture Of Fear" (bought it, made it three chapters in before the author starts making examples that fall apart under his own logic). This book really looks at how fear forms, how it develops, and how it grows and spreads in people. It stays with the overall topic of fear itself with illustrative examples, and makes comparisons of different variations of the same theme. This book sticks with the subject matter as stated, it's not a euphemism where 'people' means 'them' and 'wrong' means 'disagrees with my subjective opinion'.
If you're someone who asks "what do we all do when we fear something" this is the book for you. If you're always asking "why are those morons always afraid of the wrong things, why can't they just be like us", there are others out there written with you in mind.
Say something about yourself!
Mr. Gardner is not a psychologist, or a sociologist, and that is great. He is an investigative reporter/writer. And as one who has done a lot of research, from all angles of the science of fear, he does not write from a particular view point. Therefore he is able to write about fear from many viewpoints without the bias that would be present from another type of writer.
The author has layed out fear, and it's drivers in our thoughts, feelings and actions in modern life. And how the politicians and corporations use fear to manipulate how we think of what they do, or what we should buy. He also points out the many things that are not done because of fear can and do costs many lives. As well as huge amounts of money every year. If people used their head more often and less of their gut in making life's decisions we all would be much better off. I think this book is a must read for anyone wanting to take more control of their thoughts of the world around them; and their lives.
Mr. Peterson does a very professional job with the narration. I did not find him having anything that would interfere with listening to his narration. I enjoyed it, and would listen to him again.
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.
It is easy to gush over books, harder to criticize, and harder yet to carefully give a peek into a story without causing ruin.
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.