Nonfiction book listener. Part of nonfiction book club.
Exceeded my expectations. Liked the info on how in the right circumstances we all cheat. liked it a bit better than his other book predictably irrational I think
I've listened to 2 other books by him. I've liked them all, but this one was deep for me... almost too deep. I had to do a lot of backing up about midway in the book to be able to process what he was describing. It lightens up again at the end though.
I an not a sociologist or researcher so am coming strictly from a lay opinion. The conclusions were mostly taken from research with college students which made me wonder if the results would have been be different if the general public was tested. Each test situation made me think what I would do in similar circumstances.
I am a golfer so especially related to the tests with golfers. i.e.: the farther away one is from the ball the more likely you are to bump or place the ball in a better lie. More golfers would bump the ball with a golf club than would lift it with their hand. The questions were posed for their friends and themselves. Most thought their friends would be more likely to cheat than they themselves.
The book explored the likelihood of cheating when being observed, when in a group, after taking an oath not to cheat, when religious principles are involved or when money was involved to name a few.
I thought it was very interesting and worth the read. I think I will read it again soon with a pencil and paper in hand with which to take notes.
I truly enjoy this book, and recommend it. One will enjoy it more than a fictional book and, one might be surprise the things one learns from it. The book reveals a true aspect of human nature and how we have a tendency to cheat and justify our actions. It is a requiem of tests/experiences in behavioral sciences. For a scientific mind, it is food for the soul.
Dan Ariely is a fascinating researcher who can make what seems to be esoteric scholarship into an immediate and fascinating discussion. I think I enjoyed The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational better, but perhaps all research begins to repeat itself which makes its dazzle a little less brilliant. However, it is still insightful, with "a-ha" moments, and is worth a listen.
Very engaging, with "wow" moments time and again. Would definitely read again - I may even buy a hard copy just so can flip to for reference in the future. Highly recommend.