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Numbers and Nerves
Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data
Edited by: Scott Slovic Edited by: Paul Slovic
9780870717765 Paperback, Trade English General Trade : Age (years) from 0 - 99 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies Oct 15, 2015
$28.95 CAD
Active 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78 mm | 420 gr 272 pages 24 b&w illustrations Oregon State University Press
This collection of essays illuminates how the human mind is numbed by numerical data, and suggests survival strategies for coping with the information age.

The human mind is quickly desensitized by information presented in the form of numbers, and yet many important social and environmental phenomena, ranging from genocide to global climate change, require quantitative description. The collected essays in Numbers and Nerves explore the quandary of our cognitive responses to quantitative information, while also offering compelling strategies for overcoming insensitivity to the meaning of such information. With contributions by journalists, literary critics, psychologists, naturalists, activists, and others, this book represents a unique convergence of psychological research, discourse analysis, and visual and narrative communication.

Scott Slovic is a professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho. Paul Slovic is the president of Decision Research and a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon.

CONTRIBUTORS: Homero Aridjis, Betty Aridjis, Rick Bass, Annie Dillard, Paul Farmer, Kenneth Helphand, Chris Jordan, Nicholas Kristof, Robert J. Lifton, Marcus Mayorga, Bill McKibben, Greg Mitchell, Robert Michael Pyle, Vandana Shiva, Paul Slovic, Scott Slovic, Sandra Steingraber, Daniel Västfjäll, Terry Tempest Williams

"We live in a world of cascading information. Data crash all over us like detached avalanches or unhinged landslides. We have always sought to organize chaos. Otherwise we simply cannot cope. Father and son Paul and Scott Slovic have produced a set of challenging essays and fascinating interviews with artists, activists, and writers. These indicate that we are prone to numb our moral sensitivities and emotional outreach when confronted with too much despair among others..."

Tim O'Riordan, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development

"Numbers and Nerves is a book worth reading, which well informs the reader of some of our most frustrating psychological limitations to responding adequately to large numerical data. These psychological mechanisms are examined and demonstrated well in Part I. Although Part II and Part III are more tentative, they do actively bring the reader into a conversation around what may very well be the most important questions of our time: Why are we not responding as we should to large numbers which quantify human suffering and environmental collapse? And how, then, might we work around these limitations?"

- Anne M. W. Kelly, Scholar Commons

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