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The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
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Sep 10, 2010

really liked it
Read from September 10 to 18, 2010

A humorous, yet informative, look at ways we behave irrationally at home and at work.

For example, humans, as well as many mammals, prefer to work for their food. Experiments with animals involved pressing a lever for a pellet versus taking the same food "for free" from a dish. I had a big belly laugh upon learning that the one species preferring the "free food" was the domestic cat.

In this book, Ariely tells more of his personal story involving his massive burns. Some of his ideas for behavorial experiments grew out of his painful rehab experience.

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