Buy Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are. Stuart Sutherland’s hilarious dissection of everyday reasoning, Irrationality, should be in bedside cabinets the world over, says Nicholas Lezard.

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I was given this book by a friend on Irrationalitt, and I started reading it soon afterward, but unfortunately had to stop for a couple of months and just recently finished it. Read for free today only Start free trial to read Read now Upgrade now to read Buy book. I can’t say I was sugherland. I noticed this particularly with medical studies – having been in medical school myself I spotted the, at times, glaring mistakes, which didn’t impress me at all.

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Although, as a confirmed interval-leaver, I can smugly pat myself on the back for having worked that one out for myself. People who think of themselves as entirely rational beings Anyone who struggles to make decisions, especially rational ones.

The book’s conclusions would appear to be just as valid in as they were 15 years ago. Like most psychology books written by academics, this reads like a textbook so it’s a bit of work irdationality get through. Other editions – View all Irrationality: What always fascinates me about books like this is the ingenuity of psychologists in devising experiments that will expose the specific ways how our minds work.

Good companion to Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow”. It also provides methods on how best to make a rational decision and not fall into the common traps. In some ways the book makes our achievements all the greater. Some of the case studies of how really really really important ‘decisions’ were made are a little worrisome, especially because of course human nature has not really changed in the meantime.

Is the war really worthwhile? Irratiojality enjoyed, with qualifications, Stuart Sutherland’s Irrationality, which I’d had sitting on my Amazon wishlist for ages and irrationally not got around to buying.


Not as theoretical as Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and subsequently not as deep, yet I and the friends I have who have also read both have found Sutherland’s book to be the more clearly written and practical.

Risk assessment is difficult for specialists and engineers, but nearly impossible for the general public: May 13, Tim rated it liked it. Among a wider public, Sutherland is most famous for his autobiography Sutherlandd, detailing his struggles with manic depression.

In this book, a psychologist examines the many varieties of irrationality to which Yazar herseyi biliyor, bize ders kitabi yazsaymis daha iyiymis. When a particular belief is involved, we tend to go to extreme lengths to look for supporting evidence while refusing to believe contrary evidence. Norman Stuart Sutherland Snippet view – This reminded me of all the smokers who will quote one study that says that smoking is not bad for you at all and has nothing to do with lung cancer. Despite excruciating boredom, people often refuse to leave, even if the show is so bad that they would have paid a small amount of money to avoid seeing it at all.

I noticed right away some very strange factual errors that, at times, by light of new evidence that has since been gathered, completely defeat the points being given by the author. One example would be the chapter on stereotypes: It produces, invariably, imperfect results. This is unfortunate, since I recall a lot of things I thought about the book while I was reading it, but didn’t mark any of the pages for quoting. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it just fell short of what it was trying to do.

The parts of Irrationality in which Sutherland engages in philosophical speculation and moral musings are infused with a constant undercurrent of wry humour and often delightful exasperation.


Specifically, evidence favoring a belief strengthens it, while if the same evidence disproves a belief, it is ignored. Of course, Clearly something of a classic, this book has been described as a “thinking man’s self-help guide” by Ben Goldacre. Being more influenced by early than by late items in a list is called the primacy error. This one is never ending. It now has the honour of being the first ever book I’ve started but not finished, and has annoyed me further by making me create a new ‘abandoned’ shelf on Goodreads, which clutters things up.


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In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures. This book in a nutshell: This book deals with irrationality so the author sutherlxnd describing what we should understand from that word.

We suffer from the illusion of control. Retrieved from ” http: In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irratilnality, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures.

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The book goes on to try to explore, explain and offer solutions to th Posted on my blog. With hindsight on our side, we become overconfident in our ability to predict future outcomes of events.

I didn’t realize this is a reprint of a work that irrationalitt 20 years old, but it’s still quite relevant. A very good book examining the irrational decisions people make. The activity in question will be valued less after the rewards no longer are handed out. Judging by the first thing that comes to mind is called the availability error.

While not much new information for meit was a good compilation, providing a nice structure and linking items to each other.

Much of what is discussed should be common sense e. And nevertheless, I gave it four stars out of five.

It’s not a book delivered in a modern street-smart colloquial but in a highly literate, cultured voice: I think that a book whose main purpose is to inform irartionality be written in a way to help the reader get an overall idea of the main topics explained.