Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

eBook - 2008
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An evaluation of the sources of illogical decisions explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, offering insight into the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2008
ISBN: 9780061578670
0061578673
9780061578663
0061578665
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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MaxCW26
Aug 28, 2017

Great book that provides an interesting look at human behavior and as the title implies how we can go against rational thinking. I really enjoyed the analysis at the end of the book about the need for a better relationship between rational economics and behavioral economics. I look forward to checking out more of Ariely's work.

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rswcove
Mar 28, 2015

This book, along with 'You Are Now Less Dumb' form my core recommended introduction to why people make strange choices. I have seen it compared to 'Freakonomics'. I suppose if you're reading these books as distractions, the comparison may seem accurate. But as 'Freakonomics' is just that- a fluffy pointless distraction- I find the comparison inaccurate. 'Predictably Irrational' is a crash course on why we make choices that don't make sense, 'Freakonomics' is stand up comedy disguised as pop psychology. But I guess it depends on why you're reading.

francis_e Dec 11, 2014

Enjoyable book to read but I found it followed on the coattails of Freakonomics too much without adding any intellectual depth. Most arguments, while cogent, were arrived at easily. Good book to read on a beech for vacation, but, would steer clear if you are trying to learn something new.

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AngryCrow
Sep 04, 2014

Good book. Each chapter rounds itself up nicely and has enough evidence to not only support the idea, but also give the reader enough knowledge to start to formulate questions of their own. Really elaborates on how people spend their money and a little on why.

BCD2013 May 06, 2014

Divided into easily digestible short chapters, the book follows many of Mr. Ariely's entertaining experiments and studies (many using students) to direct us to surprising conclusions about human nature. The Duke professor's personal anecdotes and pithy approach make this an enjoyable and very insightful non-fiction read that might have you sharing what you've learned with everyone you know.

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Lavenderseas
May 06, 2014

not quite done with this one, but am enjoyoung the dicection of choices mn] socially very inerestin gto see ho---who is with who and whyl inforamtiond culd ve vusedin a cold heard=ted mannere or perhaps in a kinder mor informded routel I have done some self reflecin on and s]findk id interersinfdto eshamitlwhit wourldeand what failed as unrethe lendsi of the forcesand sqshuolouyo thatdruf=ve ysk

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JackieFC13
Jan 27, 2014

This was so interesting!! It's a series of studies that Dan Ariely conducted on human behavior and behavioral economics. It was fascinating! I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in economics and the reason why people what they do. It is written for anyone and not difficult to understand as some economic books are. Happy Reading!

Samuel A Marcum Mar 22, 2013

I wasn't greatly impressed with Dan Ariely's skill as a writer. While he made the material and research documenation clear and accessible, I thought it was more compelling to listen to and watch him speak. (Look for him on TED talks.)

That said, the points he makes are quite interesting, although I don't believe them to be universally true. Definitely a good read as an introduction to behavioral economics, but nothing here came across as "earh-shattering" in what it reveals about human behavior.

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jcser
Mar 01, 2012

A great book - both from a marketing/economical perspective and also from a social persepective. It points out fascinating simplicities about the human psyche with experiments that are well thought out and easy to understand. Well written and very well researched.

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cllevett
Mar 10, 2010

Excellent book. Funny how horribly simple creatures we really are. Thousands of years of philosophy and rational thought are so laughably forgotten when we are not mindful of our day,

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