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My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests Paperback – Bargain Price, July 13, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
And his effort to become a disciplined "unitasker" by (among other matters) reciting out loud (seemingly to himself) his shopping list while in the supermarket, and the reactions of bystanding shoppers, was among the many moments of droll humor in the book.
Perhaps my personal favorite of the Jacobs experiments was "The Rationality Project", his effort to identify as rationally as possible, the "right" toothpaste from among the 40 or so on the shelf. To do so, Jacobs explains the need to remove from the decision making process the "Halo effect", the "Availability Fallacy", "Confirmation Bias", the "Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy" and other of the "irrational biases and Darwinian anachronisms" that influence all of us in making the most mundane of our choices.
And once again it is his wife Julie who, in her long-suffering style, provides the necessary dose of reality to bring his over-the-top eccentricities back down to earth.
Fans of A. J. Jacobs will once again be amply rewarded.
Who among us hasn't wished to just dump all the minutia of everyday life into someone else's lap? Jacobs accomplishes this in his essay, "My Outsourced Life," starting off with little things, like shopping, and escalating to conducting arguments with his long-suffering wife, Julie, who deserves major props for putting up with all of these schemes. (By the way, she finally gets a measure of recompense as hubby caters to her every wish for a month in "Whipped.")
Some of Jacobs's experiments border on the dangerous, as when he resolves to spend a month being radically honest ("I Think You're Fat") or pretends to be a movie personality, crashing the Oscar Awards ("240 Minutes of Fame"). While published under the general category of humor, THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES could also be considered a philosophical treatise. In "The Rationality Project," Jacobs channels Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner of FREAKONOMICS fame when he deconstructs several behavioral theories to prove their irrationalities.
Some of the pieces seem to contradict each other. The book leads off with Jacobs masquerading as a beautiful woman as he attempts to play an online Cyrano for the family's lovely nanny.Read more ›
** on a Kindle note, the pictures are not at all clear so that was disappointing but certainly not a deal breaker
I find Jacobs to be funny, readable, and clever. I just wish he would let his intelligence shine a bit more. That said, I hope the author is working on many more books (don't let my minor critique slow you down!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A.J., you continue to be one of the most fascinating people of all time. Please never stop doing and writing about all of the bizarre experiences you choose to put yourself... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth Wecksell
I like all of these books where he goes in and experiments or tries new lifestyles and such. Good reads, sometimes a bit drawn out, but tons of neat info tucked into his writing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by SC23
Really enjoyed the book - I have been a fan of A.J. Jacobs for a while now. Highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed!Published 8 months ago by Rina
A strange mish mash of unrelated topics. More like short stories, but all about research. I liked "Drop Dead Healthy" better - the entire book had one main subject. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nora M
Great author. Read his Other stuff in books, magazines, etc. Interesting and potentially valuable information. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cl
This was entertaining. At times it was silly, but overall fun.Published 15 months ago by Nancy Shinno
A.J. Jacobs is always amusing and interesting. I'm always entertained by his quests, exploits, and observations.Published 15 months ago by Katerina