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My reaction for most of the ideas presented was "How was I that stupid before?!". It is a great listen.
The book is original and has a lot of fresh ideas, only two comments:
- Calling introverts repeatedly "open" , "more reactive", "sensitive", "reflective" , " more consciousness", ... is for me more biased than analytical.
- While casually stating that there are no pure introverts/extroverts and we are all a little bit of both, the stories imply otherwise. There are always two poles to contrast MLK Jr. vs Rosa Parks, Eleanor vs Franklin D. Roosevelt etc. It got me lost trying to find out to which side I belong :)
If you have before read/listened to books for Daniel Kahneman, Dan Ariely, Daniel Gilbert or any of the other great psychologists who illustrate the human biases, heuristics and mental fallacies ... then avoid this book.
The books only provides anecdotal evidence for already well studied topics while putting the whole thing in a very clumsy, shallow model.
Most of the anecdotes are entertaining though :)
It is very hard to accept all the ideas presented in this book (or any of Taleb's books) but that is an author that makes you think about and challenge everything he comes across. An instant classic.
Listening to this kind of book now makes you wonder what would have happened if people back then understood all the lobbying, greediness, manipulating and pure corruption that were playing all along for years. Great listen!
The book is an amazing listen, however if you are looking for an economic/financial explanation of the history of debt and its current implications, you might get bugged with the "anthropological" sides of the history ( too many tribal stories :D )
The book is generally a bit too long with lots of repetitions and it also treats the economic situations as if it (the book) provides "The right" explanation which seems to be an over simplification of a very complex world.
However, the biggest drawback is that it almost neglects the political side of the story completely! The author draws a picture where things went south because of recklessness, stupidity and mismanagement while ignoring lobbying, agency issues and pure corruption and also pin points solutions ignoring the political/social sides of the dilemma.
For me, books with less economical jargon and more political and "complete picture" approach give a better explanation (like Michael Lewis books or Griftopia or similar ones)
I have read/listened to a handful of books about judgment, decision-making, behavioral economics, and cognitive psychology. Now I have found "The Source"
Daniel Kahneman practically invented those areas of research and after getting a Nobel prize for doing so, he finally decided to write for the ordinary person in a very understandable and enjoyable manner.
Satisfaction guaranteed :)
I have been always fascinated by the brain science, how the mind work and psychology. But I found myself always gravitating to the non-clinical side of it, but the cognitive and social sides, that is "How the normal minds work and how the average person behaves", so I thought a clinical cases book by the great Dr. Sacks can help. I WAS RIGHT.
Why not 5 stars then? because the author didn't in some parts take into consideration that some non-professionals like myself would read it :) A lot of neurological terminology and drug names can sometimes get to my nerves.
After all, a must.
Great advice mixed with some unpractical tips, good narration weakened by dull examples. Could have been much better
The book is supposedly a classic but very badly written, not coherent and rather dull.
The old language and over dramatized narration didn't help.
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