How to Live Dangerously: The Hazards of Helmets, the Benefits of Bacteria, and the Risks of Living Too Safe

How to Live Dangerously The Hazards of Helmets the Benefits of Bacteria and the Risks of Living Too Safe Afraid of flying Forty 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

  • Title: How to Live Dangerously: The Hazards of Helmets, the Benefits of Bacteria, and the Risks of Living Too Safe
  • Author: Warwick Cairns
  • ISBN: 9781429987639
  • Page: 167
  • Format: ebook
  • Afraid of flying Forty percent of Americans are Yet you d have to fly every day for the next 26,000 years to assure yourself of dying in a crash A leisurely canoe ride is than 100 times deadlier Think city streets are unsafe You re likely to come to harm in your own home, where every year you stand a 1 in 650 chance of being injured by your bed, mattress,Afraid of flying Forty percent of Americans are Yet you d have to fly every day for the next 26,000 years to assure yourself of dying in a crash A leisurely canoe ride is than 100 times deadlier.Think city streets are unsafe You re likely to come to harm in your own home, where every year you stand a 1 in 650 chance of being injured by your bed, mattress, or pillows and each year 800 Americans die in accidents involving soft furnishings.We 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 .

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  • Love it! Makes you rethink about safety and human preceptions. We don't take responsibility of our own safety - so when a woman sued McDonald after she put a cup of hot coffee on her lap in the car and spilled, she won?! Authorities make all sorts of regulations to keep people safe. Most amazinglye Dutch has proven through experiments that in order to make roads safer has to be made more dangerous (we really should consider that for our roads!)! Againlove reading this. :) Recommended.


  • 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 [bit/y13cw2]! 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 in [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 booge [...]


  • 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 more 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 thou [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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."


  • How to Live Dangerously gives you a different view on how we live. It actually makes what we think of as normal seem funny and somewhat stupid/foolish. A fantastic non-fiction book.




  • Good book - mostly reinforced a lot of ideas I was already familiar with. A bit on the short side for the cost.


  • Some of the writing was a little smarmy, but overall I liked the concept and appreciated a new perspective on what is truly dangerous.



  • I really enjoyed this book, and I think everyone should read it. We're all way too worried about stuff that shouldn't worry us, and not nearly worried enough about stuff that should.



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