The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Best-selling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield—both had important careers in the Israeli military—and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Title:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0393254593
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:362 pages

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Reviews

  • Trish
    Dec 22, 2016

    This nonfiction is unlike others Michael Lewis has offered us. In this he tries the trick of explaining confusion by demonstrating confusion, but near the end of this work we appreciate again Lewis’...

  • David Rush
    Dec 29, 2016

    I will be bold, and confidently tell you what this book is all about...Humans making decisions are inherently handicapped by systematic biases that make them think they are being logical, but often, o...

  • Jake
    Dec 19, 2016

    “In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of power.” ~ Henry KissengerMichael Lewis clearly has a reverence for this friendship. So do I. They are two men who brought me to...

  • Owlseyes
    Dec 11, 2016

    Yes, what were the odds???It seems the two psychologists could have given a guess on the question:"How likely is it that a billionaire businessman from New York with no experience in government gets e...

  • Michael Perkins
    Dec 09, 2016

    This book is a major departure from Lewis's other books, of which I have read many. He usually has a single narrative arc from beginning to end, which has served him well, but is missing in this book....

  • Christy
    Dec 24, 2016

    To start with the mundane and annoying: for a book with this much technical content, terms, and names an index almost seems a necessity, yet none was provided. More foot/endnotes and perhaps a fuller ...

  • Don Gorman
    Dec 14, 2016

    (1 1/2) Double expresso....check. Red Bull....check. Adderall....check. Make sure you have all these ingredients close by when you take on this book. It will require all your concentration to not zone...

  • Dave Holmes
    Dec 09, 2016

    Amazing! The story of the friendship and collaboration between two Israeli psychologists in the 70's and 80' whose work revealed the systemic heuristics and biases of the mind in decision making and m...

  • John
    Jan 17, 2017

    First of all, I feel somewhat guilty about the rating. Some parts of the book I liked very much. Michael Lewis writes well but I believe he has fallen short here. Lewis is best at setting up an underd...

  • Rob Neyer
    Dec 25, 2016

    I think I might have enjoyed the book just a bit more if the ideas/story ratio had been a little higher. But then again, if that ratio were higher, it wouldn't be a Michael Lewis MegaSeller. So one ca...