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  • Irrationality

  • By: Stuart Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Topic, but this really goes on

  • By Paul on 24-05-10

Great Topic, but this really goes on

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-10

Most of us know on some level that we don't all behave rationally all the time. This book explains through reference to scientific studies several examples of situations where people consistently behave irrationally, and goes some way to explain these. It also discusses the potential effects in the real world, and makes suggestions for how to do things better. It doesn't apply so much to day-to-day decision making as to the bigger decisions, like doctors diagnosing illnesses and prescribing tests and treatments.

I really like the subject, and I think this is well worth a listen, but it does go on a bit with the examples. Not sure if it would read better on paper, but the audio book is very long and does seem quite repetitive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure what to make of this....

  • By Daren on 04-03-17

Seemingly sound ideas, but presented like magic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-10

This stuff isn't magic, and forcing myself to listen to these ideas persistently expressed in the whispery magic voice of childrens stories is something of an effort.

Personally I would recommend Paul McKenna for similar but broader, and better described ideas which are presented without quite so much of a mystical edge. Even better, Derren Browns book gives a much more down to earth view on this stuff.

Which is another thing - the use of things such as 'Quantum Physics' and historical characters such as Einstein and Leonardo is somewhat questionable. I think this stuff can work, but presenting it like this seems to me to make a mockery of the content.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful