AirTalk for November 18, 2013

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

"The Infested Mind"

Do you feel disgusted when you a cockroach scurrying across the floor? What is your reaction when you hear someone says the word, “bed bugs?”  Seeing and talking about insects usually evokes a strong reaction, often fear, from many people.  

In his book, Jeffrey Lockwood goes in depth into why those fears exist. Why would such tiny creatures create such a stir in people’s emotions?  While researching grasshoppers in Wyoming, Lockwood was surrounded and engulfed by a swarm of grasshoppers.

His terrifying experience led him to explore why he had felt such fear. In looking at history, science and psychology, Lockwood delves into the phobia and anxiety many people feel towards insects.

Guest:

Jeffrey A. Lockwood, author, “The Infested Mind: Why human Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects


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