Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe (2015.10)


关于本书 About the book

We have learned a staggering amount about human nature and disaster -- yet we keep having car crashes, floods, and financial crises. Partly this is because the success we have at making life safer enables us to take bigger risks. As our cities, transport systems, and financial markets become more interconnected and complex, so does the potential for catastrophe.

How do we stay safe? Should we? What if our attempts are exposing us even more to the very risks we are avoiding? Would acceptance of danger make us more secure? Is there such a thing as foolproof?

In FOOLPROOF, Greg Ip presents a macro theory of human nature and disaster that explains how we can keep ourselves safe in our increasingly dangerous world.

本书金句 Key insights

● The preventive measures we put in place can bring about unforeseen trouble, even disaster.

● Perhaps it’s better to resign ourselves to living with the chance of major disasters, because by reducing the risk of them occurring, we sometimes wind up elevating the risk of more frequent minor disasters.

● Risk management systems such as a zero-tolerance strategy are highly effective at avoiding catastrophe.

● If an activity is inherently very risky, sometimes not engaging in it at all is better than trying to make it safe.