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The Surprising Science Behind Everyday Calamities - and How You Can Avoid Them

Steve Casner



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30 May 2017
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 lengthening life span and a decline in injuries and accidental deaths, avoidable life-threatening accidents are on the rise again. The question is - why?

Steve Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety, and he knows better than most that there's not a safety warning we won't ignore, or a fool-proof device we can't turn into an implement of disaster.

Careful! is a user-guide to our injury-prone minds. It will help us understand why we behave in such contradictory ways by, for example, insisting on fat-free salad dressing but then habitually texting while driving. Casner explains the psychological traps that can lead us to the scene of an accident. Based on years of research and understanding of human behaviour learnt as a research psychologist at NASA, Casner shows how and when injuries happen, so that we learn what we should really be worrying about. Careful! will help keep our fingers attached in the kitchen, our kids afloat at the pool and teenagers safe behind the wheel. It will show us all the ways we can take control of our own safety and get through the day in one piece.
By:   Steve Casner
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Air Iri OME
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   457g
ISBN:   9781509818433
ISBN 10:   150981843X
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   30 May 2017
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steve Casner is a research psychologist at NASA who studies the accident-prone mind for a living and has spent the past twenty years helping to cut the airline accident rate to a fraction of what it was. His research has been covered in New Yorker and he has written on science for Slate and Salon. He also flies jets and helicopters, rides motorcycles and skateboards, and has surprisingly few scratches on him. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Reviews for Careful!: The Surprising Science Behind Everyday Calamities - and How You Can Avoid Them

Casner convincingly argues that we all need to make a habit of being more careful. A scientist and a natural storyteller, he takes the studies, data, and safety advice we usually tune out and turns it into gripping, page-turning material. This is a how-to-guide for a new way of thinking about survival in a world filled with hazards and distractions. -- Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit Steve Casner is an authority on human behaviour, especially in the interaction with the ever-increasing automated systems of the modern world. He works at NASA where he is an expert in aviation safety, but he has extended his range of expertise far beyond that of airplanes...An excellent writer. Don Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things We can all relate to Steve's blooper reel of everyday ways we hurt ourselves. Careful provides enough science and data to blow you away, but the real-life stories will have you laughing. This helpful book just might save your life. -- Deborah Hersman, president of the U.S. National Safety Council and former chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board

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