ISBN: ; Author: Stuart Sutherland; Details: | paperback | pp | Irrationality is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on . Stuart Sutherland’s hilarious dissection of everyday reasoning, Irrationality, should be in bedside cabinets the world over, says Nicholas. The Enemy Within – Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland.

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In irrattionality iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are sutherlans, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cure Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others?

The entirety of the rest of the book is excellent however, and the discussion especia The most readable and well-written popular-level book about the irrationality of humans that I have discovered.

Bemoaning the reluctance of medical institutions to trust actuarial methods, he says: I am not a fan of the first chapter, but this is possibly because I’ve read a lot more of the literature on irrational behaviour and the philosophy of it, and I feel he is a little inaccurate. The brain is an excellent pattern recognition device. Similarly, the insistence by a particular sub-group of workers on a sutherlanc that is lower in absolute terms but higher than a wage of their colleagues is only irrational if we assume that all that matters is the actual amount of money in the pocket: They evolved, and evolution is a rather messy process: This may sound obvious, but in practice it will mean you hit a brick wall when pointing this out suttherland the real world: And it’s useful to know when it doesn’t really matter and you can just please your inner reptile, and when you really do need to sit down and analyse things properly.

Why do people believe in homeopathy and UFOs? Paperbackpages. I noticed right away some very strange factual errors that, at times, by light of new evidence that has since been gathered, completely defeat the points being given by the author.

In other words, it’s near-impossible to convince someone he’s wrong. But Sutherland’s keen analysis of our propensity to self-delusion takes us into more significant areas than sticking it out through a rotten play – however much doing so may be a metaphor for larger issues.

You could, if you were in a real hurry, read only these morals and find your stuaart of ratiocination enhanced. Of course, this is now more than twenty years old the first edition dates fromand probably Good insights into how people think irrationally, very strong on evidence from psychological studies, with thorough academic references at the back.


For most of the book, Sutherland is a master with the juicy anecdote, although the book sags in the middle as he abandons real world examples in favour of that boring, over Academic attempts to hit the “trade” market have made for the creation of irrationaliyy capacious graveyard down the years.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. This book deals with irrationality so the author begins describing what we should understand from that word. Clearly something of a classic, this book has been described as a “thinking man’s self-help guide” by Ben Goldacre. Tests show sutherlans rewards devalue any activity considered worth doing in its own right. I didn’t realize this is a reprint of a work that is 20 years old, but it’s still quite relevant.

There are stacks of idrationality studies in the book – well over a hundred, described in This book was sutheland published inbut don’t let that put you off – the topics are more relevant today than ever before, particularly given the way we appear to be sliding head-first into another age of unreason.

I’m soooooo bored with this. Wonderfully written examination of human irrational behaviours and cognitive mechanisms; convincing, sutherlsnd researched and even with advice on how to watch out and try to minimise your own unreason. Never volunteer to become a subject in the Psychological Laboratory at Yale.

I suspect many would not: Yazar herseyi biliyor, bize ders kitabi yazsaymis daha iyiymis. This is a catalogue of wrong thinking: Opening up the decision process to the public can alleviate this to some extent. Sutherland has written a satisfying little book that opens the door to being slightly less irrational than we would have been.

This is the first pop science book on rationality I ever read, and it made a great impression on me. Irrationaality of his intention, you will certainly come away being suspicious of things that you previously took for granted as “common sense” or beyond needing to be understood.

Sutherland shows when and why we fall foul of human capacity for unreason, each summarised with a semi-serious, semi-facetious ‘moral’ the advice ranges from entirely reasonable to absurd. We avoid data that might prove irrationaluty wrong, even when being proved wrong is the sutherand thing that could happen to us.


Relat Ancient, published inbut still interesting if not entertaining, even if much of its contents has now been rehashed in later works, though still poignantly relevant for our extensive modern online discourse, where reason is often not the primary concern. In this suyherland, a psychologist examines the many varieties of irrationality to which we are prone, and the complex human interactions between logic, rationality, self-deception and emotion.

May 29, s rated it did not like it. Retrieved from ” http: This is typically reinforced atuart what the person expects in the first place, being blind to non-matching results and having an eye for comparative, but possibly meaningless, outliers.

Jul 07, Elif rated it liked it. I noticed this particularly with medical studies – having been in medical school myself I spotted the, at times, glaring mistakes, which didn’t impress me at all.

In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses irrztionality of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures. This is the first pop science book on rationality I ever read, and it made a great impression on me. Feb 26, Rachel rated it did not like it Shelves: The purpose is for the reader to appreciate poor fallible human nature, and maybe avoid a few of the frailties that plague human cognition.

Reason to be cheerful

It’s funny, opinionated, amusing and entertaining, but a little, I repeat, repetitive. Okay, we don’t always elect great leaders or do the right thing by our neighbours, family, friends.

It produces, invariably, imperfect results. As a consequence, organizations, particularly public ones, tend to make irrational decisions.

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Still, Sutherland injects a lot more wit into his writing than most, such as mentioning students who had ten grandparents with a distressing mortality rate.

They show us some biases that make our judgement poorer, and therefore our decisions. So you wont’ get exposure to the latest developments on decision making, but the topics he treats are still current – Sutherland was a psychologist by trade, and he seems to know very well what he was writing about, adding to this a gripping writing style.