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Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
De : Dan Ariely
Lu par : Simon Jones
Durée : 7 h et 24 min
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Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? The answers will surprise you.

Predictably Irrational is an intriguing, witty and utterly original look at why we all make illogical decisions. Why can a 50p aspirin do what a 5p aspirin can't? If an item is free, it must be a bargain, right? Why is everything relative, even when it shouldn't be? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions?

In this astounding audiobook, behavioural economist Dan Ariely cuts to the heart of our strange behaviour, demonstrating how irrationality often supplants rational thought and that the reason for this is embedded in the very structure of our minds.

Predicatably Irrational brilliantly blends everyday experiences with a series of illuminating and often surprising experiments that will change your understanding of human behaviour. And by recognising these patterns, Ariely shows, we can make better decisions in business, in matters of collective welfare and in our everyday lives, from drinking coffee to losing weight, buying a car to choosing a romantic partner.

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Critiques

"A marvelous book that is both thought provoking and highly entertaining, ranging from the power of placebos to the pleasures of Pepsi. Ariely unmasks the subtle but powerful tricks that our minds play on us, and shows us how we can prevent being fooled." (Jerome Groopman, New York Times best-selling author of How Doctors Think)
" Predictably Irrational is wildly original. It shows why - much more often than we usually care to admit - humans make foolish, and sometimes disastrous, mistakes. Ariely not only gives us a great read; he also makes us much wiser." (George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 Koshland Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley)
"Dan Ariely is one of the most original and consistently interesting social scientists I know. His research covers an unusually broad range of topics, and in every one of them he has produced some distinctive findings and ideas. His methodological inventiveness is remarkable." (Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2002)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08/02/2020

Fascinating and thoughtful

The book provides several examples of situations we experience in our daily lives, the decisions we make and why we make them. One area is product pricing and comparisons. We don’t have a way to measure in absolute terms so we compare, and we compare with what is easier to compare. This can sway someone’s decision to buy one or another product. Learning about our built-in biases can help us make better decisions.

Dan is an enthusiast on behavioral economics and definitely invites the readers to think and apply the concepts he shares.

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  • Justus
  • 17/01/2020

Great narration and interesting studies

The narration was really excellent and made the humor in the book really come across. Also enjoyed that many of the studies in this book were actually undertaken by the author and shows his curiosity with the subject.

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  • B. Hotting
  • 12/01/2020

nice reed but hate the background music

I liked the book its quite interesting.

On a more general lever I don’t like it when there is music in the background.
In this audiobook its not a lot but still if I want music I’ll play my own and for me its only annoying and not helping in any way.
Please don’t put background music in audio books!

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  • Carlos
  • 05/11/2019

interesting listen on the topic of decision making

easy listen. great explanations on the experiments and results, based on the human behaviours and the way we make descisions

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18/04/2019

Couldnt stop

The book is just addictive. Well read, interesting, funny and serious in the perfect balance. Highly recomended

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  • moeketsi motjope
  • 13/11/2018

Very engaging

It is very engaging. The social experiments done are very interesting, especially because they involve our day-to-day activities and behaviour.

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  • Andrew Riungu
  • 31/07/2018

A fascinating and exciting read...simplistic

I really loved this book..it offered string insight into clearly understanding how BE can be applied and a guide to helping us deal with our irrationality effectively

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  • Nikolina
  • 21/06/2018

Great book

Maby too much recurrence of conclusions, but overall, the book is interesting, narrator is great

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  • Rafael
  • 25/11/2016

Delightfully instructive!

Each chapter presents a new experience that demonstrates how we are all essentially irrational. And it's very interesting to realize that. The narration is also great.

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  • Eckart Burgwedel
  • 24/10/2016

Fascinating and Delightful

Excellent book: sharply observed, insightful, inspiring. Fascinatingly well written and delightfully narrated. It doesn't get much better than this.

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  • FV
  • 08/02/2020

great insights about irrational behavior.

Great book about how humans behave, with a lot of experiences to undercover those irrational behaviors.