Dan's Books

Future Babble

Dan's latest book is Future Babble, a critical look at expert predictions and the psychology that explains why people believe them even though they consistently fail. Renowned Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker says Future Babble "should be required reading" and Philip Tetlock, a leading researcher on decision-making and forecasting at the University of California, describes it as "a rare mix of superb scholarship and zesty prose."

In Canada, Future Babble was released October 12, 2010. In Australia, it will be published February, 2011. In the United States: March, 2011. In the United Kingdom: May, 2011.

Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear

Published in 2008, Dan's first book was Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear (The Science of Fear in the United States). This widely praised examination of risk perception was a best-seller in the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2009, the Canadian Science Writers' Association awarded Risk the "Science in Society Prize." In 2010, the Daily Telegraph declared Risk one of the top five "best brain science books", alongside classics from Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett.

Risk has been published in 11 countries and 7 languages.

From the mailbag

A not-altogether-unusual email from a fan:
"Boy do you piss me off! You will tell all the lies you can fabricate in order to make The Right Honorable Stephen Harper look bad to the people of Canada. He is the best Prime Minister that this country has had in at least 100 years. He has kept this country on an even keel despite the fact that the rest of the world is tettering over the brink. Would you prefer the volatile Mulcair with his carbon taxes and shutting down the oil sands ? Where the hell do you think that Quebec the begger child of Canada will get all their precious money from if that happens??? I am sooo sick of the attitude of eastern Canada to Prime Minister Harper . I want out of this thing called confederation .Try to live without the rape of western Canada. You do not have any clue as to what you are in for.The Right Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper is NOT a control freak, that is something that you have conjured up to make all you eastern beggers feel good. Look after your own economy , if you had not elected a brain dead spend everything you have premier in mcguilty then you would have a few bucks to look after yourselves. You twist and spin everything that the Prime Minister says because you have been so brainwashed by lefty thinking that you cannot see any other way. Please go and live in China or Russia or maybe Cuba is more to your thinking, you like the far left way apparently. Myself I was born in Canada and I do like to be able to speak freely and think freely and also do like the fact that my dollar is good.  I am pissed because you cannot see a good thing when it is in your face. Maybe you should try to take the "hate " mask off your face for a while.
Oh, I know you are pissed because this Prime Minister will not kowtow before you and beg for YOUR approval. Well sucks to be you!"


#5 Scott McClennon 2012-10-03 16:24
It's hard to know where to begin ...

Giving credit to Harper/Flaherty for the balanced budgets & banking system they
inherited from Martin is funny enough, but forgivable (since Harper/Flaherty have made the claim often enough, it must be true by now).

The funniest line must be "I do like to
be able to speak freely and think freely" while suggesting you "go and live in China or Russia or maybe Cuba" for doing the same.
#4 cheena1 2012-07-09 19:20
LOL - typical KKKoolaid drinker wearing rose-coloured glasses! Far easier to do that then 'think' for yourself ... sigh...
#3 Mackenna 2012-07-09 13:59
My favourite sentence in the e-mail, and believe me when I say it was hard to pick just one, is:

"Maybe you should try to take the "hate" mask off your face for a while."

You first, e-mailer, you first.
#2 rev.paperboy 2012-07-05 22:34
Would that be from "Dr. Roy" Eppean or Werner Patels by any chance? It positively reeks of their prose style and highly logical "If you don't love Stephen Harper you should move to Russia you pinko" style of arguing.
#1 Barb1 2012-07-05 22:17
Wow. Holyyy Molyyy.

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