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Irrationality [Paperback]

by Stuart Sutherland
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February 27, 2007 1905177070 978-1905177073 2nd
Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. 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.

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

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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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 2nd edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Revealing April 7, 2011
By Shakir
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense is irrational June 1, 2011
By Kathy
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful eye-opening book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great prespectives and studies to back them. 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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Same as earlier work by same author?
This is a reprint of the same book. It also has the subtitle "The enemy within" in a different edition.
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