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message 1: by Ellen (new)

Ellen I'm still not certain I'll read this book, but I sure liked your review.

message 2: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Thanks Ellen - you could get away with reading the coda. I enjoyed writing this one.

message 3: by Eric_W (last edited Dec 23, 2009 06:43PM) (new)

Eric_W Hey Trevor. Another terrific review although I must say that when I buy a car I want cheap and long warranty. So I hope that's using the rational rather than the emotional. A friend of mine has been after me to read this book and you've clinched it.

I've noticed the inerrant inaccuracy of political pundits before, but it carries over into any field of true believers. Take Paul Ehrlich for example. A review of his predictions find them to be virtually 100% wrong, yet he would claim them to be rationally inspired and he continues to attract a following. It just seems he refuses to accept the possibility he might be wrong.

message 4: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Yes, Ehrlich can be very amusing. Like one of those end of the world types, it must be very annoying when the world doesn't actually end when you said it was supposed to. I once heard him complain that economists are always wrong in their predictions and thought that perhaps he ought not to throw stones. But they invariably do throw stones anyway, these people assured of certain certainties.

I think you will like it - I thought of you about half way through when it started hinting that it might be a bit like the wisdom of crowds. I find I get very excited now when books start reminding me of that book.

Helen (Helena/Nell) Or we could just read the last paragraph of your review. Seems to sum it up remarkably well to me: yes, yes and YES to that.

But maybe I should read the whole book to open myself to the possibility that this assumption might be wrong . ...

message 6: by Trevor (new)

Trevor The irony of course being that in the review I've said that if I was writing the book I would have started where he ended and in the review I've in fact ended where he ended... Any wonder I've gone on to read a book called Why We Make Mistakes How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

Helen (Helena/Nell) Are book titles ALL getting longer?

message 8: by Trevor (new)

Trevor I'm not sure what the point of all of the subtitles is - but it does look like a bit of a competition. We had a poet once here in Australia called Raymond J. Bartholomew who would recite for minutes on end and then say, "That was the title" - which always amused me.

Helen (Helena/Nell) Then there is the one-word poem genre. There is no limit to the number of words in the title though. . .

message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim Two related titles with interesting decision making ties

Super Crunchers Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

This book has an interesting section on how Air Safety has greatly improved while preventable deaths in hospital have remained constant during the same period. (improving decisions/reducing mistakes are discussed)

Everyday Survival Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Alot about decision making in life or death situations


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Whoops on book 2 > I meant

Deep Survival Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

message 12: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Hi Jim -

David Giltinan (a person on whose opinion I think very highly) only gave Super Crunchers two stars and Grumpus (someone else who often has interesting things to say about books) said he had higher hopes for it... I'll have a look though it when I get a chance. All the same, Deep Survival sounds fascinating. Thanks for the tips.

message 13: by Jim (new)

Jim The 100,000 lives campaign description was what I found most interesting in the Super Cruncher book.


The SC book had a lot of self promotion much like Taleb's books which some may not like. However there are alot of specific examples which I found of interest.

message 14: by Trevor (new)

Trevor I'll try to get to SC soon. I like the slogan of the 100K lives campaign - some is not a number, soon is not a time.

message 15: by Carlo (new)

Carlo Trevor wrote: "The more open you are to the possibility you may be wrong the more likely you are to be right. The more prepared you are to listen to others, the less likely you are to stuff up. The more consciously people set up ways in which their views will be challenged the more likely they are not to be fooled by their own bullshit."

Such a pleasure to have you on Goodreads, Trevor. Thank you.

message 16: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Thanks Carlo - although it is easier to say things like that than to live up to them.

message 17: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler The publisher has found problems with this book, has withdrawn it from sale, and is offering refunds to those who purchased it:

message 18: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Yuck - I really did enjoy this book. There is a lesson in this, but it is hard not to feel for him. Awful.

message 19: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Apparently the problem is plagiarism, not factual content.

message 20: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Yes, I know, awful. I really struggle to understand why people would bother. I don't know that people get fewer points for saying, "and as Fred says in blah, blah, blah..." It is how you pull ideas together that mades them interesting, not that you were the first to ever have them.

message 21: by Mahesh (new)

Mahesh Devani trevor you have explained things in much simple ways than this book author.
thanks for posting your review.

message 22: by Simon (new)

Simon Robs "The Feeling of What Happens" [Antonio Damasio] a good adjunct to this discussion.

message 23: by Trevor (new)

Trevor I will see if I can find it. Thanks

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