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The Rational Imagination: How People Create Alternatives to Reality (Bradford Books) Hardcover – June 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0262025843 ISBN-10: 0262025841 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1 edition (June 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262025841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262025843
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,316,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this lucid and beautifully written book Byrne builds a sturdy bridge between the theories of counterfactual thought and inferential reasoning. The integrated treatment that she proposes is a major contribution to both fields.

(Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2002))

'Knowing what I now know I would still have authorized the President to go to war' -- John Kerry. If you want to understand why such conditionals matter then you should read this book. It brings together an account of rationality and creativity to present a unique and powerful theory of how we think about alternatives to reality.

(Philip N. Johnson-Laird , Stuart Professor of Psychology, Princeton University)

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Professor Ruth M.J. Byrne is Vice Provost of Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland.

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By racerep on September 13, 2014
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Well written, very informative book. I would recommend it.
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