Panicology: Two Statisticians Explain What's Worth Worrying about (and What's Not) in the 21st Century
Are you afraid you might succumb to bird flu? Worried that a life of poverty awaits you in old age? Concerned that you might not be having as much sex as the French? Anxious that our planet is under threat from climate change or a collision with an asteroid? If any, or all, of these things worry you, you're not alone. Anxiety is a part of modern life. But why? We're living longer, safer, and healthier lives than at any time in human history. So what is there to worry about?
In this witty and revealing book, Simon Briscoe and Hugh Aldersey-Williams strip away the hysteria that surrounds over forty of today's most common scare stories, from overpopulation and murder rates to fish shortages and obesity levels, and show the extraordinary extent to which statistics are manipulated or misrepresented by vested interests and the media, eager to exploit our fears. And most importantly they offer a toolkit for skepticism--ways of helping readers sort out what really is worth panicking about from the stuff that really isn't.
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LibraryThing ReviewProcura do Utilizador - LibraryThing
I should have backed away slowly when I saw the blurb that started "In the spirit of Freakonomics" because I didn't much like that either. This is a cute pop-science explanation of statistics, the media and why we as a culture have such difficulty understanding what our risks for various things actually are. Fun but ultimately too simple. Might be helpful for people who watch the TV news a lot.
Review: PanicologyProcura do Utilizador - Goodreads
This is a fairly interesting book that attempts to cover all the things that people fret, worry and panic about and tries to explain why the media portrays events and risks and what the reality behind ...
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