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Numbers and Nerves free pdf We live in the age of Big Data, awash in a sea of ever-expanding information-a constant deluge of facts, statistics, models, and projections. 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 essays and interviews 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. At a time of unprecedented access to information, our society is frequently stymied in its efforts to react to the world's massive problems. Many of these problems are systemic, deeply rooted in seemingly intransigent cultural patterns and lifestyles. In order to sense the significance of these issues and begin to confront them, we must first understand the psychological tendencies that enable and restrict our processing of numerical information. In the past two decades, cognitive science has increasingly come to understand that we, as a species, think best when we allow numbers and nerves, abstract information and experiential discourse, to work together. This book provides a roadmap to guide that collaboration. It will be invaluable to scholars, educators, professional communicators, and anyone who struggles to grasp the meaning behind the numbers.

About Scott Slovic

Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho, USA. The author, editor, or coeditor of twenty-two books, he served as founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment since 1995. His other recent books include Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy and Ecocriticism of the Global South. Paul Slovic is president of Decision Research and professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, USA. He studies human judgment, decision making, and the psychology of risk. He is past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and in 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science.

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Author : Scott Slovic
Publisher : Oregon State University
Data Published : 30 November 2015
ISBN : 0870717766
EAN : 9780870717765
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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