Monday, November 23, 2015
Mailbox Monday: Numbers and Nerves
Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.
I got one book last week, and it has me intrigued:
Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data, edited by Scott Slovic and Paul Slovic, published by OSU Press. This is a collection of essays and interviews that examines how we are deluged with facts, statistics, models, and projections to the point of desensitization to information presented in the form of numbers.
The journalists, literary critics, psychologists, naturalists, activists, and others who contributed to the book explore this quandary and offer strategies for overcoming the insensitivity.
OK, I'll admit it sounds pretty abstract and not what I'd pick up after a long day at work. But when I think about it, it does sound very interesting and I'd like to learn more. And it includes an essay by Annie Dillard!