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The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain

 
 
 
 
The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain
Author: Daniel Gardner
ISBN 13: 9780452295469
ISBN 10: 452295467
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: 2009-06-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $17.00
 
 

A timely and entertaining psychological look at why we're afraid and what to do about it

From terror attacks to bursting real estate bubbles, from crystal meth epidemics to online sexual predators and poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. Yet we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Why are we so worried?

The Science of Fear is an introduction to the new brain science of risk, dissecting the fears that misguide and manipulate us every day. Award-winning journalist Daniel Gardner demonstrates how irrational fear springs from the ways humans miscalculate risks based on our hunter-gatherer brains. With the exclusive cooperation of risk-science pioneer Paul Slovic and other leading experts, Gardner reveals how our "gut" reactions lead us astray. Understanding our irrational fears frees us from political and corporate manipulation, and makes our choices better, and our lives braver.