Why do we make the decisions that we do? What does our conscious and subconscious mind take into account? Why do we often make bad decisions compared to statistics? Why do experts in all areas make poor decisions derived from “rules of thumb” versus statistics?
If you’re interested in a colloquial response to these questions in the context of a great story of friendship I suggest checking out “The Undoing Project” by Michael Lewis.
Lewis tells the story of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and his friendship and collaboration with Amos Tversky, two Israeli psychologists. Their opposing personalities and approach to the subject revolutionized how we understand the decision making process.
The story is full of insight, colorful stories and occasional humor. It has me craving the intimate intellectual relationship. One where deep thoughtful discussion can occur over a continuum of time and potentially lead to new knowledge.
So if you’re into the likes of Malcolm Gladwell (Blink and The Tipping Point), Levitt and Dubner (Freakonomics) or just wondering about how we weigh decisions, I strongly suggest checking this book out.