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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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.

Specifically, evidence favoring a belief strengthens it, while if the same evidence disproves a belief, it is ignored.

Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland

May 08, Aybike rated it did not like it. Sign up for Blinkist. View all 8 comments. Clearly something of a classic, this book has been described as a “thinking man’s self-help guide” by Ben Goldacre. Why We Don’t Think Straight! Mar 24, Orestes rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is one of the modest triumphs – an at times fascinating exploration of why people behave irrationally. Jul 14, Ben Pace rated it really liked it Shelves: Not as theoretical as Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and subsequently not as deep, yet I and the friends I have who ztuart also read both have styart Sutherland’s book to be the more clearly written and practical.

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And nevertheless, I gave it four stars out of five. Read, highlight, and surherland notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Reads like a GCSE social psychology text book.


Books by Stuart Sutherland. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A very good book examining the irrational decisions people make.


A few of his choices irratilnality examples perhaps zutherland throw rather sharply into relief why statistical methods of decision might be a bit too heartless to be likely to be used for instance, he thinks it would be great if older pregnant women could use probability calculations to decide whether to abort a foetus with Down’s syndrome – which perhaps it would, but I suspect it’s kind of hard to think about it in quite that way if you’re the woman in question.

This is typically reinforced by what the person expects in the first place, being blind to non-matching results and having an eye for comparative, but possibly meaningless, outliers.

The morals at the end of his chapter on obedience are: Doctors who rely on hunches and do not understand how to use statistics; companies that hire graphologists to vet potential employees; prime ministers who don’t listen to cabinet ministers – all these get a pasting, and he has banks of facts and figures to back up his arguments.

The writing style is a little bland and technical in nature. It was too patronizing, and the author seemed to have personal vendettas against some members of society, namely feminists, members of the medical profession, and psychologists who do social experiments.

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sutherlqnd In the end, only by breaking down the problem and applying some kind of rigorous-as-possible analysis, generally relying on mathematics, can a really rational decision be made. Relat Ancient, published inbut still interesting if not entertaining, even if much of sutherlad 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. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


There were some positive aspects to it, and I found a few pearls of wisdom, but overall, the book was simply not worth it. The cover of Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland. This is a comprehensive eye-opening read but also a somewhat infuriating irrationaltiy, though not through any fault of the author. I also had a problem with the tone of this book. Yazar herseyi biliyor, bize ders kitabi yazsaymis daha iyiymis.

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 suthegland modern online discourse, where reason is often not the primary concern.

Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. Academic attempts to hit the “trade” market have made for the creation of a capacious graveyard down the years. Regardless 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.

But it’s just how we function. All in all, recommended. The book was engaging, interesting, and at points humorous. It’s a very enjoyable and robust exhortation to increase the rigour of our thinking, while acknowledging all the many reasons why that’s extremely difficult. For me, people are not purely rational machines that make Mr.