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300 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best popular book on this topic
This is a wonderful achievement of science popularisation. Sutherland had a gift for succinctly and non-technically summarising psychology experiments. In this book he surveys more than one hundred and sixty different studies that expose failings of human reasoning and judgement. Overconfidence, conformity, biased assessment of evidence and inconsistency are among the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
A very good book examining the irrational decisions people make. It also provides methods on how best to make a rational decision and not fall into the common traps. Learning statistics and probability theory are a start.

I did find it a little boring to read at times. The writing style is a little bland and technical in nature. Also, one thing the book only...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, interesting read, 8 April 2010
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I like this book. Its probably one of the best I have read in the last few years.

It covers so much and gives plenty of examples to back up the 'thoughts', but doesn't get stuck on any one idea for long, typically not more than a page at most and this helps makes this a very easy book to read and leaves you wanting to get to the next page and to the next idea / experiment findings.

Some of the ideas do seem to draw on experiments from a while ago and it could benefit from being updated (the original publication was from 1992 and Im not sure that it has been updated much for this re-print). Other than that and the fact that this book relies possibly too much on laboratory experiment findings this is a very good, enjoyable book. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an interesting book, 6 Feb. 2014
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Except for the final few chapters (Utility, failure of intuition, etc) the book is very interesting and highly readable. It starts off good, stays good for quite a bit and then slowly winds down towards the end. A very interesting read though, I do recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars However I would thoroughly recommend it especially if you have some interest in medical ..., 15 Sept. 2014
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Really interesting but some of the calculations were too difficult for me to follow and the book lacked a bit of impetus towards the end. However I would thoroughly recommend it especially if you have some interest in medical matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! This is an excellent factual read, 22 Jan. 2015
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Great Book! This is an excellent factual read. Very entertaining in its explanations of the incredible irrational behaviour of some of the people that were in positions of power as well as ordinary people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for everyone., 30 Jun. 2013
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Goes into why we do the silly theings we do, both as individuals and society.

Could have been the inspiration for Mr Spock (the Startreck version).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading, 22 Jan. 2011
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This book should be Required Reading for all politicians, Educators, Religious Leaders (as if)...... in fact anyone who makes decisions that affect the lives of others.

As Dawkins and numerous others are beginning to call: "Its 2011 - isn't it about time the Human Race grew up and left all the Fairy Stories and Mumbo Jumbo behind......"

Read this to see exactly how far reaching our irrational thoughts, behaviour and actions can be and have been (and sadly, no doubt, will be for some considerable time to come).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ooops, 25 Feb. 2014
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I found this book.....well.....a bit irrational tbh. It's all very low level everyday irrationality so nothing on the irrationality of two world wars within fifty years of each other, or the decimation of the planets ecology or the blind rapacity of our version of capitalism. I don't think there is even anything in there about racism, religion or homophobia or the fundamentally self destructive nature of collective humanity. Maybe that book is out there somewhere, please let me know if you have read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, inciteful, 13 May 2014
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A good read, interesting and thought provoking, sometimes a little repetitive - recommended if you're interested in decision making processes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a life changer, 28 Feb. 2014
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I cannot rate this highly enough, everyone should read this....

it is change how you think and look at the world, for the better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opens the eyes, but I am not sure it ..., 28 July 2014
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Opens the eyes, but I am not sure it can make you any less irrational (which the author acknowledges at the outset).
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