Irrationality: Why We Don't Think Straight! (英語) ハードカバー – 1994/10
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Why do doctors, generals, civil servants, and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? And why do you sit through a boring play just because the tickets were expensive? This iconoclastic book demonstrates that irrationality exists on a startling and hitherto unsuspected scale. Sutherland analyzes its causes in detail by drawing on many fascinating psychological experiments. He ends each chapter with brief precepts showing how to avoid irrational behavior. Never has irrationality been so well explained - or been so entertaining - as in Stuart Sutherland's witty dissection of muddled thinking. You'll wince in rueful recognition at his stories of misguided decisions in every branch of human affairs and quote the morals of his stories to your children and colleagues. Lucid, provocative, and witty, Irrationality is an invaluable guide to straight thinking!
This book takes our own way of thinking and shows us where we make mistakes while thinking we are being perfectly rational.
Wonderful examples, easy reading style - you don't notice how much you learn while being entertained - and he really makes you laugh at your own mistakes - that's not easy, at least for me, I tend to get annoyed when I'm wrong and some very wise person shows up and tells me about it - while he does it in such a funny way, I really don't mind.
A wonderful book, I reread it again and again.
It is scary, though, to think of all the foolish decisions being taken every day in the name of "rational decisionmaking" - this book ought to be mandatory reading for everyone who makes decisions - so really, for everyone.
The only problem I had with it was the grammar. It seemed like one sentence ran on for a entire page and there were no breaks. There are hardly any commas or any real grammar which could have lightened up the read or at least offered a break during the extremely long sentences.
Sometimes I had to re-read the sentence/paragraph 3 times til' I understood them fully.
The grammar may be related to the authors origin being Britain. It still drove me "bloody mad!"
Other than the poor grammar. I really liked the book.