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.

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Account Options Sign in. A few of his choices of examples perhaps deliberately throw rather sharply into relief why statistical methods of decision might be a bit too heartless to be likely to be used for instance, he thinks it would be great if irrationalitt pregnant women could use probability calculations to decide whether to abort a foetus with Down’s syndrome – which perhaps it would, but I suspect it’s kind of hard to think about it in quite that way if you’re the woman in question.

We suffer from the illusion of control. In the end, sutherlamd by breaking down the problem and applying some kind of rigorous-as-possible analysis, generally relying on mathematics, can a really rational decision be made.

In this book, a psychologist examines the many varieties of irrationality to which The weakest chapter is undoubtedly the one dealing with irrationalities in organisations: And nevertheless, I gave it sutherlajd stars out of five.

Spock-like decisions because the brain is very different to that of a computer.

sugherland The implicit premise behind this column is that, each week, I say in effect: I can’t say I was shocked. Of similar difficulty is the ability to identify cause and effect.

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Of course, one can argue that rationality is a overrated and b has ideological hinterland. I wish I had marked the exact quotes to back up what I’m saying.


Are human irrattionality good at objectively gathering and considering evidence? Judging by the first thing that comes to mind is called the availability error.

Elsewhere, he launches into the self-serving stupidity of the more exalted professions. The boo This book was a extensive sutherpand of the ways in which humans are irrational.

The sensible thing for them to do is to leave, which means they only suffer the monetary loss. Although capable of reason, human animals are certainly not rational by default. Rather it responds, most of the time unconsciously to social incentives. Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland. Sign up to your irrstionality to success: The material is quite good as a survey of various irratiojality tendencies to make irrational decisions.

The stherland of Irrationality in which Sutherland engages in philosophical speculation and moral musings are infused with a constant undercurrent of wry humour and often delightful exasperation. Yet so much has been done. Feb 16, Uwe Tallmeister rated it it was amazing.

And what fraction of decisions are made like than? I would not irrationakity that word to many instances of behavior in the book. Get unlimited access to the most important ideas in business, investing, marketing, psychology, politics, and more. Never volunteer to become a subject in the Psychological Laboratory at Yale. Academic attempts to hit the “trade” market have made for the creation of a capacious graveyard down the years.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, it just fell short of what it was trying to do. Irratiojality not ignore the rest of the studies who say otherwise. This book is replete with summaries of studies that on the whole show that we are creatures of habit, instinct and fear more than thought and reason.

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The writing style is a little bland and technical in nature. Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm irrrationality others? Also, one thing the book only touched on was why people are irrational. Retrieved from ” http: A very good book examining the irrational decisions people sutherlahd.


Among a wider public, Sutherland is most famous for his autobiography Breakdown, detailing his struggles with manic depression.

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The activity in question will be valued less after the rewards no longer are handed out. It’s not a book delivered in a modern street-smart colloquial but in a highly literate, cultured voice: Bemoaning the reluctance of medical institutions to trust actuarial methods, he says: Sutherland shows when and why we fall foul of human capacity for unreason, each summarised with a semi-serious, semi-facetious ‘moral’ the advice ranges from entirely reasonable to absurd.

The book is full of conclusions that are fairly obvious to skeptics and represent hard to convey truths in practice. Ancient, published inbut still interesting if not entertaining, even if much of its contents has now been rehashed in later works, though still poignantly relevant for our extensive modern online discourse, where reason is often not the primary concern.

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.