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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Signed Edition) van [Lewis, Michael]
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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 in 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 a compelling 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. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This 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.


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Meest waardevolle klantenrecensies op (bèta) (er kunnen recensies van Early Reviewer Rewards-programma bij zitten) 4.2 van 5 sterren 1.022 recensies
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5.0 van 5 sterren An intellectual adventure that only Michael Lewis could do justice 6 december 2016
door Jacob Anthony - Gepubliceerd op
Thanks to works like Psychonomics: The Scientific Conquest of the Human Mind, we know that the field of Behavioral Economics is a kind of wild west of the sciences, filled with speculation, outlaws, and not a little shenanigans. And yet it is by far the most fascinating and controversial science on the popular stage. The Undoing Project is the epic story of how it all came to be.

It is a story that only Michael Lewis could write. With his characteristic accessibility and knack for turning the complex into palatable pieces, Lewis presents the foundations of the science by crafting a story about its two visionary scholars, Daniel Kahneman and the late Amos Tversky.

In so doing, Lewis gives a face to the theories and ideas that we have all become so aware of in the last ten or fifteen years: The Anchoring Effect, Framing, Overconfidence Bias, Regression to the Mean, Halo Effect. These and other “cognitive biases” have become familiar scientific concepts. The story of the friendship between Kahneman and Tversky brings to life what could otherwise be dull and mathematical.

This book is admittedly less plot-driven than other Lewis gems like The Blind Side, The Big Short, and even Moneyball. The story of Kahneman and Tversky is not necessarily made of the big screen. And Lewis does pay attention to the math to a degree that some readers will have to skip ahead (as he suggests). Still, Lewis’ mastery of storytelling makes even this kind of material a gripping and endearing tale.

One thing that stood out to me is just how different Kahneman and Tversky were. How they came together from similar backgrounds, approached life from different angles, agreed to set off on their intellectual journey together, and collaborated on some of the greatest psychological studies of the 20th century sets us up for a classic buddy story—an intellectual Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid if you will. On second thought, it might be good for a movie after all.
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3.0 van 5 sterren Must release an edited version 22 december 2016
door Athan - Gepubliceerd op
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With no doubt, I had great fun reading “The Undoing Project.”

I was introduced to the work of Tversky and Kahneman as a college sophomore in 1988 by my teacher, hydrologist Joseph Harrington, who was a great admirer of their ideas. The beauty of what is now called “Prospect Theory” has inevitably stuck with me since. It is only in retrospect that I have come to understand it was radical for its time.

So I swallowed whole “Thinking About Thinking” within a week of having read the Michael Lewis review on Bloomberg. And I’ve since really enjoyed the recent near-autobiography of Richard Thaler’s, as well as many of Dan Ariely’s books.

Well, you don’t have to believe me on this, but Michael Lewis actually explains the concepts better!

No joke, he really does.

And he provides an unbelievably deep, personal and sensitive account of the explosive relationship between the two giants. A very believable account too. The research done by Michael Lewis really shows. He’s had phenomenal access too, it seems.

And yet, the book does not hang together terribly well. Chapters 1 and 8 should not have made it into the book, they ought to have been relegated to the pages of Vanity Fair, where the author regularly provides fantastic material.

More to the point, what we have here is a bunch of chapters that, chronological order notwithstanding, do not constitute a book. The incredible material, the wonderful expositions, the deep insights are all present and correct, but they fail to meld into a narrative. Even the title of the book, much as it has its roots in the work of Tversky and Kahneman, does not do justice to their contribution.

It really pains me to say this, especially because the author’s previous effort, “Flash Boys,” was a genuine five-star book. Perhaps that’s the problem. Maybe if I was reading this straight off of “Boomerang” I’d have found it great. As it stands, I’m not sure I could recommend it to the general public.

If, on the other hand, you have the remotest interest in Behavioral Economics, you genuinely can’t not read “The Undoing Project” and you are guaranteed to enjoy it.
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5.0 van 5 sterren Absolutely wonderful. Michael Lewis successfully blends two biographies 8 december 2016
door S. Yates - Gepubliceerd op
4.5 stars. Absolutely wonderful. Michael Lewis successfully blends two biographies, an intellectual love story (there really is no other way to describe the Kahneman/Tversky partnership), astute sketches of the work they did (in heuristics and biases), and how the partnership had ripple effects in a myriad of areas (from economics to psychology, from medicine to the military, and beyond). The book moves at a brisk pace, never dull, and fleshes out the men behind the scientific work. This vantage point into where Kahneman and Tversky came from, the events that shaped them, their intellectual make-ups, and the alchemy of their partnership is a real treat. This added depth to the scientists only makes me appreciate their work all the more. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially those who have read Thinking Fast, And Slow, any book on behavioral economics, or students of how human cognition leads us astray. A fantastic book that I couldn't put down.
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3.0 van 5 sterren Worth a read but don't let your expectations get too high 6 januari 2017
door J. Duncan - Gepubliceerd op
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Worth reading in an overall slow release environment for quality reads. But really quite redundant in the middle chapters. To the point that the build up to "revelations" have already been anticipated by the reader many chapters earlier. The author never really ties in his claims of disruptive innovation with enough real world examples. Leaving the reader still wondering: was this ground breaking, transformative work, or something more akin to marginal improvement in the way people should be taught to think thru alternatives.

Like a lot of "books" the content really amounts to be about 80 pages worth of material, but that's no more than a magazine series, not enough for a marketable book. So like a lot of "books" it's stretched by filling it with added information that doesn't support the central themes and plenty of redundancy. Analogous to the student dragging out his homework to reach the 500-word minimum essay
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3.0 van 5 sterren Awkward telling of a most interesting story 22 mei 2017
door FCRichelieu - Gepubliceerd op
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I have mixed feelings about this book. The story of Kahneman and Tversky's groundbreaking theories and their friendship and collaboration is one that I find fascinating. Unfortunately, I also find the author's presentation disappointing.

The first chapter is devoted entirely to the evidence-based criteria used by the Houston Rockets in recruitment. I suppose the author has included this chapter to highlight the importance of relying on the analysis of hard data. But then, NBA recruitment has close to zero bearing on the matters of psychology that are covered in the rest of the book. If, like me, you are neither American nor a great fan of the NBA, you would do well to skip this dull chapter altogether.

The rather long paragraphs that the author writes are full of em-dashes and pairs of parenthetic commas. His ideas often stray off into parenthetical thoughts. The writing is generally unfocused, with long descriptions of peripheral matters.

The book does not become interesting until the reader is one-third of the way through it. From then onward, the description of ideas put forward by the two great psychologists and the story of their collaboration become engrossing.

Coming to the end of the book, one is left wondering why the author has picked the "The Undoing Project" as its tile. Although the project is described in the book, it is neither a central theme of the theories of the two great psychologists, nor does it provide a unifying theme for the book. Perhaps this is, again, a reflection of the unfocused manner in which the author writes.

On balance, a somewhat disappointing "bestseller", I must say.

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