Careful!: The Surprising Science Behind Everyday Calamities - and How You Can Avoid Them
The modern world can be a dangerous place, filled with fast cars, smart phones, drugs and extreme sports. Meanwhile, we humans are as fragile as ever. In fact, after a century of decline in injuries and accidental deaths they are on the rise again. The question is – why?
Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows that there’s not...more
Statistics are simply presented, usually combined with a corollary from the aviation world, since the author reminds us he is a pilot. No cutting edge psychology here, but instead only simple advice you probably already know and a thoro ...more
Now, I'd like to think that I'll be a little more careful in my daily activities. Steve seems to think that I will most likely just return to my usual activities and land myself in the Darwin Awards.
Cons: Needed additional copy-editing ("lime disease"); I think the book would have worked better with the stories as cutaway boxes, and photos, more of an interactive read; this book should not be read by anyone already scared of flying, because even though your chances of issues while flying are ridiculously low (as I already knew and the book states), this book still managed to have multiple examples of things that can go wrong.
This book takes you through all the likely and unlikely scenarios in which being reckless or risky can seal your fate 6 feet under. With bits of humor sprinkled in, Casner tries his darndest to warn readers of the implicit dangers lurking in everyday tasks when we don’t factor in the likelihood of making mistakes. He attempts to bring our shortcomings to light and strategize for the inevitable slip-up.
Even though crossing a ...more
Research is showing that we become less concerned with others (self-preservation) and ignore signals and advice. This makes sense from an ancient ...more
For the majority of last century, accidents and preventable injuries were on the decline. This was due to increased innovation, safety measures and design, as well as better regulation and improved practices such as workplace health and safety. But since 2000, these numbers have been increasing again and Steve Casner is all too aware of this through his work as a research psychologist with NASA. It is his job to make our skies a safe place and in his book, Careful! The Surpri ...more