Buy Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are. Stuart Sutherland’s hilarious dissection of everyday reasoning, Irrationality, should be in bedside cabinets the world over, says Nicholas Lezard.

Author: Voodoot Arashigul
Country: Sri Lanka
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 21 May 2012
Pages: 363
PDF File Size: 14.53 Mb
ePub File Size: 7.84 Mb
ISBN: 885-4-97062-592-7
Downloads: 82290
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Monris

A second edition of Breakdown was published in Irrationallity most readable and well-written popular-level book about the irrationality of humans that I have discovered.

Liberals, in a group, tend to become more liberal, conservatives more conservative. Suhherland who think of themselves as entirely rational beings Anyone who struggles to make decisions, especially rational ones.


It’s funny, opinionated, amusing and entertaining, but a little, I repeat, repetitive. In some ways the book stuherland our achievements all the greater. Hence the ‘sunk cost error’. May 29, s rated it did not like it. Much of what is discussed should be common sense e. Account Options Sign in.

Tests show that rewards devalue any activity considered worth doing in its own right.

The issues this book handles are essential for a better individual life and a better social engagement. I’ll give it three stars because politically, this leads to some overly individualist conclusions – Popperian falsification is evoked and the UK public sector comes in for a major bashing – Sutherland mentions only fleetingly that irrationality is rife in private companies too.

Why do essentially good people agree to apply highly painful electric shocks to others? While the book was written 21 years ago, it was very helpful and insightful and the editor made sure to comment on things that had changed in a footnote but it was rarely needed. Nevertheless very readable and informative.

It now has the honour of being the first ever book I’ve started but not finished, and has annoyed me further by making me create a new ‘abandoned’ shelf on Goodreads, which clutters things up.

This book shows a number of psychological ierationality during human assessment of reality which, the author claims, sutheeland us irratiionality from taken optimal decisions. This does bring things round to a pro-statistics angle, but Sutherland is never guilty of what Mark Blaug termed “mindless instrumentalism” – he’s cynical about Cost-Benefit Analysis as a technique. Open Preview See a Problem? We form instant impressions and then only look for the evidence that will support our view, we suffer from availability error, meaning that we give more weight to the dramatic and memorable, or the most recent, and ignore the less exciting evidence, and after reading the chapter on reward and p This is a catalogue of wrong thinking: Read for free today only Start free trial to read Read now Upgrade now to read Buy book.


Nicholas Lezard’s paperback choice: Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland | Books | The Guardian

Thus, reading Irrationality reinforced my paradoxical, and probably irrational itself, impression that human beings are truly a wonderful piece of work, noble in reason if rather less frequently than it seems.

Return to Book Page. This book lacks such structure. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Okay, we don’t always elect great leaders or do the right thing by our neighbours, family, friends.

View all 8 comments. It is important to observe how they are affecting us, but I would not say that it is irrational.

Sutherland also discusses utility theory, basically a statistical method to not only include expected outcomes, but including the usefulness of these outcomes.

There were some positive aspects to it, and I found a few pearls of wisdom, but overall, the book was simply not worth it. Having said this, the book encourages the reader to think critically throughout and given where higher education is headed neoliberal wastelandit’s hard to argue that this book should be required reading across the academy. Anyone who wishes to learn to make better judgements and thus to take better decisions. We suffer from the illusion of control.

First published inIrrationality proposes, and to any reasonable mind proves, that we are for the most part credulous fools who would do well, in most circumstances, to stop and think before we go and do something stupid; for stupid things are what we often end up doing, however much we congratulate ourselves on being rational animals.

Aug 07, Rowland rated it liked it Shelves: This is not a treatise on human irrationality, but it is an entertaining, funny and very valuable array of examples that everybody should be more conscious of. Stuart Sutherland’s book examines the body of evidence for human irrationality amassed during close to half a century psychology research.


Reason to be cheerful

If that fails, we distort existing evidence. Everywhere he finds evidence that people who should use actuarial methods, rather than intuition, to determine probabilities don’t do so. Rather it responds, most of the time unconsciously to social incentives. Although the advice at the end of each chapter on how to avoid these irrationality were almost simply “don’t be irrational”, ie if humans tend to over count X in importance the advice would be “don’t over count X”, the book was helpful.

If you’re being chased by a bear a quick but sub-optimal decision may be better than making the right one too late. The book’s conclusions would appear to be just as valid in as they were 15 years ago. Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. Buy Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland at Amazon. Jan 01, Sofia rated it it was ok Shelves: I am not a fan of the first chapter, but this is possibly because I’ve read a lot more of the literature on irrational behaviour and the philosophy of it, and I feel he is a little inaccurate.

Irrationality is a guide to illogical decisions, unreasonable actions and irrational behavior as a whole. The entirety of the rest of the book is excellent however, and the discussion especia The most readable and well-written popular-level book about the irrationality of humans that I have discovered.

I myself find important that for all of us the word irrationality to mean the same so that semantic conflicts could be avoided, but it is far more important to identify all these different type of behavior to get conscience about ourselves, whether this is irrational or not.

We avoid data that might prove us wrong, even when being proved wrong is the best thing that could happen to us. Penguin Books- Decision making – pages. The material is quite good as a survey of various human tendencies to make irrational decisio I didn’t realize this is a reprint of a work that is 20 years old, but it’s still quite relevant.