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Everyday Irrationality: How Pseudo- Scientists, Lunatics, And The Rest Of Us Systematically Fail To Think Rationally
Robyn Dawes defines irrationality as adhering to beliefs that are inherently self-contradictory, not just incorrect, self-defeating, or the basis of poor decisions. Such beliefs are unfortunately common. Witness two examples: the belief that child sexual abuse can be diagnosed by observing symptoms typically resulting from such abuse, rather than symptoms that differentiat ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 26th 2002 by Westview Press
(first published 2001)
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The author wishes us to oppose irrationality, the adherence to beliefs that ar inherently self-contradictory, rather than acquiesce to it. Many real world examples of the cost of irrationality in public policy. A very dry book (even in the "good stories" section), but the section on "probabilistic irrationality" was of most interest to me.