How To Avoid Calamity, With Steve Casner 

How To Avoid Calamity, With Steve Casner 
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This week on The Upgrade, we spoke with Steve Casner, author of the book Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds. Steve is a research psychologist with NASA who studies how and why we get hurt in our everyday activities: Whether we’re chopping vegetables, climbing ladders, or just walking down the street. We found out how we can stay safe without hiding in bed all day — and why we should embrace our bad attitudes.

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Discussed in this week’s episode:

  • Why we need an entirely new mindset about safety
  • How positive thinking can get us into trouble
  • The myth of multi-tasking
  • Why a plane is one of the safest places to be (as long as you’re wearing your seatbelt)
  • How hurrying doesn’t save us any time
  • How you should be one with your fallibilities
  • Why no one in the US should ever turn right on red (!)
  • The importance of knowing where the exits are

And so much more, you wouldn’t even believe it.

Our Upgrades of the Week

Every week we like to let you in on the upgrades we’ve made in our own lives. This week we talked about thinking about trajectories, always knowing what Spotify is up to, and the Zen of walking without wearing headphones.