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Foolproof : why safety can be dangerous and how danger makes us safe / by Greg Ip

By: Ip, Greg.
Publisher: London, U.K. : Headline publishing, 2015Description: 326 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781472214188.Subject(s): Risk | Behaviour | Psychology
Contents:
Progressives, engineers and ecologists -- "Please God, not in my district" - before the economy could destroy itself, first Paul Volcker had to save it -- Now is the time to panic - what to do when safety fails -- More risk please - the unintended consequences of football helmets and antilock brakes -- The trouble with saving - from gold standard to Euro -- Unnatural disaster - The high cost of taming mother nature -- Good risk, bad risk - balancing safety with disaster -- The rescuer's dilemma - chaos today or chaos tomorrow? -- The price of peace of mind - why insurance protects us from small disasters but not big ones -- "If you think you are dangerous, you are safe" - why airplanes hardly ever crash -- A foolproofer's handbook - how to make the most of our best instincts.
Summary: Claims that the things we create to protect ourselves, such as anti-lock brakes or money market funds, end up creating even bigger threats to our safety and well being. Presents a macro theory of human nature, disaster and risk that explains how we can keep ourselves safe in our increasingly dangerous world.
Item type Home library Call number Status Date due Barcode Item reserves
Book Book Australia
610.5 IP 2015 (Browse shelf) Not for loan CA011630
Book Book New Zealand
338 FOO (Browse shelf) Not for loan CA008867
Total reserves: 0

Progressives, engineers and ecologists -- "Please God, not in my district" - before the economy could destroy itself, first Paul Volcker had to save it -- Now is the time to panic - what to do when safety fails -- More risk please - the unintended consequences of football helmets and antilock brakes -- The trouble with saving - from gold standard to Euro -- Unnatural disaster - The high cost of taming mother nature -- Good risk, bad risk - balancing safety with disaster -- The rescuer's dilemma - chaos today or chaos tomorrow? -- The price of peace of mind - why insurance protects us from small disasters but not big ones -- "If you think you are dangerous, you are safe" - why airplanes hardly ever crash -- A foolproofer's handbook - how to make the most of our best instincts.

Claims that the things we create to protect ourselves, such as anti-lock brakes or money market funds, end up creating even bigger threats to our safety and well being. Presents a macro theory of human nature, disaster and risk that explains how we can keep ourselves safe in our increasingly dangerous world.

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