This was a fun, quick read that reminds me of what ought to be common sense anything taken to an extreme is unsafe, even safety We re better of just living our lives and allowing our kids to do so without constantly worrying about whether our activities, homes, etc are safe. I really enjoyed this book Cairns paints a sobering picture of our society full of cowards and busybodies including everything from unnecessary regulations to overbearing well meaning parents We find fear in things that are safe and inadvertently find safety in dangerous options If this book taught me anything, it is that humans are not instinctively good at assessing risk.This is a great and quick read that may open your eyes to a world that is not quite as dangerous as you first thought. Afraid Of FlyingForty Percent Of Americans Are Yet You D Have To Fly Every Day For The Next , Years To Assure Yourself Of Dying In A Crash A Leisurely Canoe Ride Is Than Times Deadlier Think City Streets Are UnsafeYou Re Likely To Come To Harm In Your Own Home, Where Every Year You Stand A In Chance Of Being Injured By Your Bed, Mattress, Or Pillows And Each Year Americans Die In Accidents Involving Soft FurnishingsWe Live In A World Governed By Fear, Where Packets Of Peanuts May Contain Nuts And Children Must Be Ever On The Alert To Stranger Danger And Yet, Life Expectancy Has Never Been Higher Crime Rates Have Plunged Even Unintentional Injuries Are Down So If We Re So Safe, Why Are We So Afraid How To Live Dangerously Is A Hilarious, Straight Talking Look At The Things That Terrify Us It Considers Life S Real Risks, Not To Mention The Often Ridiculous Methods We Ve Contrived To Keep Ourselves Safe It Encourages You To Ignore Fearmongers And Embrace A New Kind Of Freedom, In Which We All Worry A Little Less And Live A Whole Lot I enjoyed this book, which was recommended by the author of Free Range Kids which I previously loved and reviewed The author discusses the paradox of fear within our society namely that we spend entirely too much time worrying about violent accidents and deaths, to the point that we have created an unsafe world for ourselves and our children by not taking small risks, going outside, playing, and giving freedoms to our children In the latter, for example, statistics show that we fear boogeymen so much that collectively we don t let our children play outside at least not without constant supervision , which stifles them both physically and cognitively, ultimately leading to unhealthy lives that might well lead to their premature deaths from the likes of heart disease and diabetes This threat is far statistically likely than that our children will be abducted The author spoke in depth about our involvement in media sources, the attachment we let ourselves feel to the few victims out there, and why our brains then begin assuming that violence is the way the entire world works It just isn t so, however The book was written in easy, colloquial British style with self deprecating humor I recommend it.Favorite quotes If you experience the world through the television, through the Internet, and through newspapers, you will see a very different world to the one that you actually live in, and you will experience, every single day, all sorts of emotions brought about by dangers that you are never likely to come across in your daily life, even if you should live to be a hundred years old or Whether we re talking about whether to travel to work by bike or by car, or whether to let our children go out to play, the theme is this that we overestimate, massively, the risk of a sudden, violent death on the roads or at the hands of bad people, and we underestimate, to a shocking degree, the very real risks to our health, our well being, and our sanity that we bring upon ourselves and our families through trying to keep away from everything we imagine to be dangerous To put it another way the we try to avoid danger, the dangerous life becomes The immediate and realistic the media, the you can put names and faces to the people involved, and the you feel you know the victims, the worse it gets, and the you feel a palpable threat to your own safety and that of your family. We live in an increasingly paranoid world This book takes a look at why that s happened Essentially, the animal part of our brain reacts to media reports of kidnappings etc as if they were happening within our pack group, not as distant events Hence we are paranoid our children will be abducted A good read for the curious. Interesting information about the science of fear Insight into why we are afraid of things that aren t really dangerous, and not afraid of things that are actually dangerous Good insight about helicopter parenting, how it creates a false sense of security and doesn t prepare kids to understand and react to real danger Written with a sense of humor Reminds me a bit of Malcolm Gladwell. This was a quick easy read, full of common sense with interesting insights into how our perceptions of what is safe or dangerous vary from the actual risks.I recommend it as an aid to getting things into perspective. Loved this book Points out how our hyper safety consciousness is inconsistent and overrated Example More kids suffer head injuries falling off of playground equipment versus falling off a bike, but we never make our kids wear helmets on their swing sets. I would have given this 5 but for the evolutionary speculation about the structure and function of the brain came to be and this from the author of the blog post An Atheist s Guide to Lucky Pigs I think the sheer unlikeliness of this explanation of humans so unlikely that I can safely ignore it The rest of the book is excellent One reviewer has described it as a rant but a rant is what is needed The point does need to be made repeatedly and what is that point We have been increasingly made to fear death by statistically very unlikely causes like falling off your bicycle to the point where we ignore the statistically proven and far greater benefits of riding the same bike Worse still perhaps is what we are doing to our children denying them unstructured by us and unsupervised play Kids are getting obese, dysfunctional and unable to assess risk.Living dangerously is good for you This book was Cairns rant about how society is going down the tube because fear had overtaken our lives While he makes some good points and uses many examples to back uo his claims, the book gets tiresome Pretty much this is his soapbox and it is one long rant against everything causing fear from kidnapping to fast food to death He discusses how everyone sues everyone else and how likely we are to die from something It read too much like a rant.
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- 176 pages
- How to Live Dangerously
- Warwick Cairns
- 24 April 2018 Warwick Cairns