Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a gas station? And is there really a good reason why you should be be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep? These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global health, safety and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators' motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.
This book comes with a warning: ‘Caution: Papercuts!’ Evidently the authors find the avalanche of absurd safety rules and regulations that blight our daily lives as frustrating and senseless as the rest of us; but they are fighting back with the only weapon the ordinary citizen has to hand – common sense. After taking a long hard look at the safety and security measures that have been imposed upon us by officious bureaucrats and nanny-state regulators, Hanlon and Brown have concluded that few, if any, of these intrusive and restricting regulations have actually made our world or workplace any safer. It appears that we are being guided out of danger that we never knew we were in and protected from threats that we didn’t know existed. Moreover, they question whose interests they serve. A timely and well-argued reminder that there are some rules made to be broken.
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Author:||Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
|Categories:||Popular science, Health & safety issues,|
Michael Hanlon is a London-based science journalist and author who writes regularly for national newspapers as well as The Spectator and New Scientist. Michael is the author of five popular science books, including: The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ten Questions Science Can't Answer Yet and Eternity: Our Next Billion Years. Michael has participated in a gorilla rescue in Congo, become thoroughly lost in central Borneo and experienced a zero-gravity astronaut training flight over the Nevada desert. He finally saw the light about climate change after a swim in a melt-water lake a mile up on the ...More About Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon