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MAKE contributing editor Bill Gurstelle got a nice write-up in the Telegraph on the art of living (slightly) dangerously:

Citing various studies, Gurstelle argues that moderate risk taking has various benefits. Canadian researchers found that managers who took risks were more successful while a German study discovered that people who took more risks said they were happier.

Gurstelle believes his books tap into two rich seams in modern society – contempt for the health and safety bullies, and a more general fear of technology. While he describes himself as a liberal and doesn’t own a gun, he’s with the libertarians on the issue of being allowed to make your own mistakes.

“We live in the age of the lily-livered, where people make terrific efforts to remove all possible risks from their lives,” he says.

“It becomes a fairly pallid, sterile experience. You certainly won’t be hurt but you won’t be creative. And it’s especially true for children. Are they going to grow up to be so risk averse that they don’t contribute anything?”

America’s DIY ballistics king Bill Gurstelle shoots from the hip about health and safety

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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