Drawing on a decade of research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Gigerenzer demonstrates that our gut feelings are actually the result of unconscious mental processes - processes that apply rules of thumb that we've derived from our environment and prior experiences. The value of these unconscious rules lies precisely in their difference from rational analysis - they take into account only the most useful bits of information rather than attempting to evaluate all possible factors. By examining various decisions we make - how we choose a spouse, a stock, a medical procedure, or the answer to a million-dollar game show question - Gigerenzer shows how gut feelings not only lead to good practical decisions but also underlie the moral choices that make our society function.
In the tradition of Blink and Freakonomics, Gut Feelings is an exploration of the myriad influences and factors (nature and nurture) that affect how the mind works, grounded in cutting-edge research and conveyed through compelling real-life examples.
©2007 Gerd Gigerenzer; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"A pleasing, edifying tour of territory that has long been dark and unexplored." (Kirkus)
mostly nonfiction listener
The original academic and body of research that Gladwell based his best-selling "Blink" on. Gigerenzer experiments on "fast and frugal" decision making have many implications for situations we face all the time in our lives - I just have not quite worked out if I'm so easily swayed and nudged (see below), and my mental probabilistic machinery is so poor (again see below) when I should trust my gut feelings and when I should do the opposite.
Very interesting and insightful into the runnings of the human mind, including what we see and DON'T see. If you've ever wondered why you should trust your instincts (trust your gut), this is the book for you.
It was interesting to learn how our intuitions use simple rules to come to more accurate conclusions than if we overthink problems.
While the book has some interesting material, this book, authored from Munich, becomes a -- "hit piece" may be too strong a word, but it is something like that, on the American medical system and an analysis of left vs. right. I have listened to all but the last hour and a half and must say that, while it is informative and has some interesting things in it, it is a very slow and uninteresting reading, for the most part.
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