The Upside of Irrationality


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This evening on my way back from work on the metro, I listened to one of the most entertaining and informative podcasts I have heard in a long time. The Leonard Lopate Show had guest Dan Ariely discussing his new book, The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. Ariely explained a number of fascinating matters like how bonuses actually inhibit performance, how the threat of revenge creates trust, and why we believe our own ideas and creations are better than others.

I definitely recommend you check it out.



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4 responses to “The Upside of Irrationality

  1. ReWrite

    It was very interesting. I felt like Lopate kept cutting him off when he just about to get to his point.

  2. eric

    That’s pretty typical of Lopate. He gets interesting guests on very interesting topics and then asks irrelevant questions.

  3. ReWrite

    Yeah he wanted to focus on mainstream nonsense, instead of the interesting shit Ariely was saying.

  4. Unmitigated horseshit.

    Johah Lehrer, “How We Decide”; learn some facts for a change, chock full of referencey goodness, from the scientificators communitays …

    Behavior psychology … LMMFAOROTFLMMFAO … whew, good one. It’s called “neuroscience”, try some ::queue spooky science majiks music::

    I think I’m going to go get my palm read, and then we can talk about it.

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