The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project

A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

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How a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.--The Undoing ProjectThis story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind's view of its own mind.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393254600
Characteristics: text file
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Jan 09, 2018

Michael Lewis has a talent for creating readable and interesting stories out of seemingly mundane or arcane subjects, but the material for this book was simply too challenging to render into something as accessible as Money Ball or The Big Short. There’s only so much he can write about two brilliant psychologists collaborating to create ground breaking approaches for revealing how humans think and make decisions. In fact the most interesting parts of the book were about the early lives of Kahneman, Tversky, and other Israeli colleagues during Israel’s founding years. The better book to learn about their research is Kahneman’s own “Thinking Fast and Slow”, or try behavioural economist Richard Thaler’s book “Nudge” for how it can be applied.

Sep 17, 2017

I'm reluctant to throw cold water on all the rapturous commentary about this book, but I found it a complete waste of time.
Most of the book is an endless, meandering, adoring, and largely incoherent biography of a couple of psychologist.
The rest of the book is a meandering and largely incoherent presentation of some of their professional work.
Do yourself a favour - give this one a pas.

May 30, 2017

Over my head.

May 25, 2017

So happy Michael Lewis decided to focus his incredible talent on this story. These two extraordinary thinkers have changed so many lives, and made our world such a better place. Nothing better than to have a genius writer write about geniuses.

As usual, Lewis condenses complicated storylines and extraordinary stories into easy to understand, mind-blowing lessons folded into a beautiful narrative. Economics and psychology can be complicated yet are extremely fascinating, and weaving personality and character into difficult concepts makes this book impossible to stop reading.

Michael Lewis does this thing where it seems as if he wrote this book just for you. Like it's your personal treasure of information he's sharing just with you, just for you.

Apr 27, 2017

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Apr 20, 2017

extremely insightful and easy read for anyone unfamiliar with Behavioral Economics.
Enjoyed this immensely.

Apr 14, 2017

This book is for the most part a treatise on Behavioral Psychology (Behavioral Economics?) I would add though that a good bit of the book deals with the behaviour of Amos Tvesky and Daniel Kahneman and their relationship as co-researchers. The author used this friendship to demonstrate how the human mind indulges in fallacious 'reasoning' and I must confess that even as a Math student I fell for some of the traps. I think the relationship between Danny and Amos added a degree of humanity to what could have otherwise been a dry subject. As Danny pointed out it was as though, "we were sharing a mind." It is we who benefited from this partnership.

Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed the author's summery on an interview more than the book. Seemed a little bit like a meandering biography of 2 men who could be considered the ultimate Odd Couple. Some of their pursuits seems foolish and a waste of time and I am sure psychology is not that. Common sense sometimes can explain the same conclusions that they came to.

Mar 13, 2017

It really helps to already be familiar with some of the ideas in this book. I had previously read Kahneman's, "Thinking, Fast and Slow" and I highly recommend reading this beforehand or after if you still have some questions.

The book touches on many of the ideas from "Thinking, Fast and Slow" but not in so much detail and not with the progressions that TFS does. To those that felt like the first 200 pages didn't get at the core issues, you are somewhat right, so I encourage you to read TFS. However, I don't see that as a reason to not finish the book.

To those that thought it was a waste of time, I am tempted to think you are like the same experts who dismissed the ideas in this book or like the experts that thought/think we are rational by nature and rationality is defined by how we act (kind of like the philosophical theory of "meaning as use"). Anyway, if that's the case, I think you should read this again and more carefully next time.

Mar 11, 2017

The psychology of why and how people decide to do what they do is quite well presented and fascinating. The author does go on a bit long about the odd friendship of these two men but what they discovered about the human mind is very interesting.

I'm re-ordering the book so I can delve further into their ideas.

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