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Nothing new really,
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This review is from: Wait: The useful art of procrastination (Paperback)
"The challenge of procrastination is figuring how to weigh immediate versus distant consequences. That same kind of now-versus-later evaluation is also at the core of professional expertise and judgment. We tpically define professionals-lawers, accountants, doctors, journalists, and financial advisers- as people who do high-quality work, have specialized knowledge, and follow high ethical standarts."
Frank Partnoy - Wait, the useful art of procrastination,- chapter 11 Master class.
As soon as i read the above few sentences i was convinced this book was not meant for me. Ill leave it up to your own intelligent self to digest these sentences. Interpret them as you may.
I would like to once again emphasize the importance of the book "How we Decide" ~Jonah Lehrer.
Now, although there have been some disturbing and mostly disappointing developments regarding Mr Lehrer's career as a writer this is a MUST read book for basically anyone. It covers psychology, situational behavior, behavioral patterns, Dopamine, and the prefrontal cortex.
It also draws its own conclusions backed up by scientific research by some of the best neurologists known to man. Unlike the book "wait" which draws most of its inspiration from Malcolm Gladwell books and anything thats "hip" right now. According to allot of reviewers this book is somewhat of a beam of light in allot of darkness. Basically the "interesting bar conversations" structure of this book lacks complete scientific analysis. And allot of conclusions are just made up. Honestly, how is someone able to conjure up something about a past event, someone else's thought processes. And point the metaphorical finger up in the air and proclaim THIS IS WHAT HAPPEND!.
No, good writers like Jonah, Brian Christian, Joshua Foer, Susan Cain, Adam Phillips, Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronso among many did their own research, concluded things on their own. And didnt go with the flow of mainstream psychology media.
Get this book if you want to go to the fancy (shirt wearing) bar and talk about "interesting" subjects. Because honestly, this is basically just that. A prolonged bar conversation, the one where someone tells other peoples stories. Because that person has nothing to tell about himself anyway.
Mr Partnoy has successfully filled a book about nothing really that interesting. Anyone who would be interested in this book, should consider Universe in a Single atom instead. Or any other book by Einstein on relativity of time, or similar books by David Bohm.
Finish one of the above, and follow it up with ~Mistakes were made (but not by me) ~ by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. (about biastheory and cognitive dissonance)
Far more imformative and facinating to read. Also tends to lean on its own conclusions and source material, instead of referencing "a writer" in this case Malcom Gladwell all the time.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2012 18:56:16 BDT
M. Robinson says:
Thank you ... I won't be wasting my money .
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