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Irrationality Paperback – February 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1905177073 ISBN-10: 1905177070 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 2nd edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifying, sometimes comic, very readable and totally enthralling (Oliver Sacks)

Extremely gripping and unusually well written (RICHARD DAWKINS)

About the Author

Stuart Sutherland was Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex. A prolific columnist and contributor to the New York Times, he is best known for his books Irrationality and Breakdown.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S.B on April 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best researched and put-together books I've read in a very long time. I've always thought of myself as a rational and scientific. Well, I was wrong! The book is supported by studies and scientific papers all of which are cited and can be examined by the reader. I'm a physician. So, the evidence-based approach works very well for me. However, the book is not as dry as textbooks or articles found in scientific journals. It is also not a self-help book, although it gives a thorough insight about what you've considered rational behaviour. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on June 1, 2011
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"It gets at the heart of irrational thinking, and how common sense is often based on irrational thinking. It is very impressive how the author has been able to take voluminous amounts of research to build a case on why it is so challenging for humans to think and behave rationally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bemish on November 13, 2013
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I just recently purchased this book and it was written some time ago (early 1990s) and doesn't have the objectiveness one might expect from newer works. I like a science-oriented book to cite some results of a test, study or expereiment, and let those results suggest something. I'm happy to have the author expound on the result. "Irrationality" often had statements of fact that weren't clearly supported, again, probably just reflecting the time it was written in. Readers expect a bit more now days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George F. Greenwald on October 28, 2013
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While the book has some interesting insights into the irrational decision people make, very little is new information. Chances are that you have read most of this information in other books or articles.

On the other hand, his last few chapters go into rating decisions on the basis of a numerical system (say 1 to 5). But in most cases the arguments for or agains a decision have no known outcome. For example, if you think you will live to be 90, you would give the decision to have back surgery a high rating (rather than live with the pain). On the other hand if you expect to live to only 85 maximum, you would give the choice for surgery a lower rating. All you need is a memo from God to tell you when you will die.

I would not discourage you from reading the book. I had fun taking the "pieces apart." But chances are that you could spend your time more productively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iofhorus on March 1, 2013
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This book uncovers some huge misconceptions that the general public has. It proposes many studies and experiments that illustrate them. It uncovers situations in which irrationality thrives in. I highly recommend this book to all.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Luna on May 29, 2013
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A marvelous book that is both thought provoking and highly entertaining. After reading this book you will understand human nature in a entirely new way.
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