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
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|Book||Australia||610.5 IP 2015 (Browse shelf)||Available||CA011630|
|Book||New Zealand||338 FOO (Browse shelf)||Available||CA008867|
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.