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Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody | [William Poundstone]

Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody

A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. Rock Breaks Scissors is mind-reading for real life.
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A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. Rock Breaks Scissors is mind-reading for real life.

Will the next tennis serve go right or left? Will the market go up or down? Most people are poor at that kind of predicting. We are hard-wired to make bum bets on "trends" and "winning streaks" that are illusions. Yet ultimately we're all in the business of anticipating the actions of others. Poundstone reveals how to overcome the errors and improve the accuracy of your own outguessing. Rock Breaks Scissors is a hands-on guide to turning life's odds in your favor.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2014 William Poundsstone (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Stephen Lovich oregon 06-18-14
    Stephen Lovich oregon 06-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    Nothing here that a good editor couldn't make better


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Poundstone? Why or why not?

    I would but only if he stays on the topic


    Was Rock Breaks Scissors worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Matt Weiner 08-10-14
    Matt Weiner 08-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made Rock Breaks Scissors better?

    More interesting content


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Poundstone again?

    Never


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    Performance was fine, content was terrible


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rock Breaks Scissors?

    I would have never published the book.


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    Only made it through 25% - mind numbingly boring.

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    Luke Brisbane, Australia 07-28-14
    Luke Brisbane, Australia 07-28-14
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    This book may prove a struggle to stick with. Given the topics, the author has done well. There are a few annoying "look at this graph" references but you aren't completely lost without being able to see them. There are some little gems of useful information and some scary stuff too (for example, the chapter on passwords). Definitely not for everyone, but some unique information in this books makes it worth the buy.

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