This is written by a scientist so includes validations and tangents to make it an all encompassing presentation. The Slow Brain wonders frequently.Having said that this is one of those works that should be read by anyone concerned with the behaviour of others. The simplicity of the rational man is left in the dust with thoughtful and informative perspectives.Knowledge for everyone with real value.
Like humans it was complicated by tangents that validated positions taken in the presentation. I'd recommend reading it twice. The first time the titles, full introductory paragraphs, first and last sentance of each paragraph and conclusion, in each chapter.Then read all with a critical eye and the perspective of the overview.
It makes the case for the semi rational man
The topics were discussed fast and detailed enough to keep me interested, but not so detailed as to be dry. Actually, I'm ready my third listening of the book; I want to learn more about the topics.
Anyone in education should be listening (or reading) this book!
I've heard the author interview on Charlie Rose and Mr. Egan was definitely an improvement. He was easy to listen to . . . academic material can be made dry and boring by nothing more than the voice of the narrator, not Mr. Egan. He was lively enough to keep my attention.
If you are not already familiar with this research, I think you will be blown away. It just makes so much sense. We are naturally so vulnerable to manipulation by people with real mastery of these principles. If you want to keep more of your money in your own pocket, if you want a huge advantage in the workplace, you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in this book. Read it more than once, and slowly...
It's hard for me to comment on the book itself as I found the audio version so poorly read. The emotionless, stiff, staccato, oddly-paused narration made it difficult to like this book. I never finished.
Lots of choices. I usually LOVE audio books; This one is just a real dud.
Emotionless, stiff, staccato, oddly-paused. Terrible!
Enlightening as to the way I think and make decisions, but listening was a bit difficult as the book refers to graphics and discusses them that I couldn't see. The print version may be better for that reason, but I listen as I drive; so I don't have the option.
The book gives one a different perspective about historical events and decisions by everyone both powerful and common. We are lazy when it comes to thinking!
This is The Best audiobook I've read strictly because it has had the most impact on my life. I understand things about human perception, decision-making and memory that I never would have before.
I recommend this book for anyone doing social change or leadership work. Its densely populated with information and worth reading several times to truly hear the nuances.
I was not happy with the the first few chapters and I really couldnt stand the narrator's voice and the way he read.
I'll listen selectively where I've bookmarked.
Learning how base rates influence likelihood of test outcomes from his examples with blue and green cabs not only changed how I will teach Bayes theorem to young physicians, it will change how I explain treatment options to patients.
The best treatment optio I offer should be cause-effect action statements rather than abstract population percentages.
No way. There's a lot of reflection and insight to be gained from time spent pondering.
Well researched of what we are about and what we do.
That we are obstinate in our answers intuitively and refuse often to accept the facts.
Written by a scholar who has spent his whole life studying decision making, and now he is writing a retrospective of everything he has learned. That makes the book wonderfully comprehensive, though a bit overblown, with more facts and stories that one can absorb.
It made me think about thinking in a much diffferent, richer, way.
The narrating was not good. I did not get the sense that the narrator understood the material he was reading. What was most irritating is when there were tables of data in the text, the narrator simply read the numbers. He should have described the data first, such as "the data is fairly linear in the middle, but has steep rises at each end." The data was plotted to be visual.
The same happened with the "Speaking about..." sections. I susspect that in teh text they were set off with typographical cues that should have been translated into audible cues. Perhaps this was not the decision of the narrator, but the net effect was quite bad.