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4.0 out of 5 stars People are not inherently rational, and that's okay, July 18, 2011
This review is from: The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (Kindle Edition)
In his new book David Brooks illustrates the social sciences through the lives of two fictional characters, Harold and Erica, who grow up, fall in love and build a life together. It's not a novel and it's not a textbook in the traditional sense. I expected the fictional storyline to get in the way of the book I really wanted to read but I was surprise by how much I enjoyed that particular plot device.

The greatest point I took away from the The Social Animal is probably how irrational we often are as humans. Entire industries are built around the notion of humans acting rational most of the time and it simply isn't true. That same irrationality is also what gives our lives that unique flavor of unpredictability.
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