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How Risky Is It, Really?: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts
How Risky Is It, Really?: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts
by David Ropeik
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, 19 Jan. 2011
This book describe how deal with risk and more important perceive risks. It distinghuishes between 'system 1' and 'system 2' types of thinking. System 1 is about our amygdala, which kicks in when we perceive danger. It completes shut down the rest of the brain, preparing to react swiftly. Nice, when you see snakes but it doesn't warn you about long-term risks. System 2 is the rational approach to risks.
David Ropeik doesn't introduce the following way of doing risk analysis; he discusses how we as humans handle risks and more importantly gives clues to come to a beter risk understanding.
Though it might be a bit disappointing; no flashy methods here, but things we already know: be informed, think for yourself etc. On the other: we should expect 'silver bullets' here; there are none.


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