ISBN: ; Author: Stuart Sutherland; Details: | paperback | pp | Irrationality is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on . Stuart Sutherland’s hilarious dissection of everyday reasoning, Irrationality, should be in bedside cabinets the world over, says Nicholas. The Enemy Within – Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland.

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It’s not all bad, this sthart. Most chapters end with a few points going under the heading “moral”, which clarify what he has said. If you see a correlation between A and B and conclude that A must have ’caused’ B, if you’re prone to seeing strange coincidences and suspect that last night’s dream managed to predict an event from today, then this book is for you.

This book was a extensive list of the ways in which humans are irrational. I would like these issues to be treated in schools so people could grow up taking better decisions. We suffer from the illusion of control. As humans, we consider ourselves to be distinguished from other animals by our capacity for rational thought.


One example would be the chapter on stereotypes: I suspect many would not: These blinks reveal how people tend to be more irrational than rational, examines several reasons why and offers solutions as to how we can become a little more logical in our decision making. He basically says that only by understanding statistics and by essentially falling back on some means of scoring the alternatives and then picking the one with sthart best score can we really make rational decisions.


They show us some biases that make our judgement poorer, and therefore irrationalty decisions. The implicit premise behind this column is that, each week, I say in effect: Sutherland has written a satisfying little book that opens the door to being slightly less irrational than we would have been.

People who think stuarh themselves as entirely rational beings Anyone who struggles to make decisions, especially rational ones. Irrational behaviours have been seen as an evidence of psychiatric or otherwise pathology.

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The enemy within, a lay reader’s guide to the psychology of cognitive biases and common failures of human judgement. In this book, a psychologist examines the many varieties of irrationality to which Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

How do we decide which car to buy and which person to trust?

Drawing causal conclusions from unrelated events is called illusory correlation. They evolved, and evolution is a rather messy process: He is best known for his book Irrationality and a personal account of his struggle with manic depression, titled Breakdown.

Yet sutherlane much has been done. Preview — Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland.


Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland – Google Books

One thing I learned is: It is important to observe how they are affecting us, but I would not say that it is irrational. There are few books about psychology that can make you laugh out loud; this is one of them.

Why We Don’t Think Straight! Probably should be considered an intro to those books and then you can delve further into whichever piques your interest. Sign up for Blinkist. It does so by means of captivating and many times funny examples, mainly drawn from psychological experiments, but also from interesting historical events and common behavior. We avoid data that might prove us wrong, even when being proved wrong is Review from https: Jan 16, Pinar Gungor rated it liked it.

Irrationality: The Enemy Within – Stuart Sutherland – Google Books

suherland It was too patronizing, and the author seemed to have personal vendettas against some members of society, namely feminists, members of the medical profession, and psychologists who do social experiments.

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