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We Have Met the Enemy by Daniel Akst
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Nov 18, 2011

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Akst does a nice job giving a history of how our thoughts on self-control (addiction, etc.) have evolved over time. Interesting to get a better picture of the numerous experiments and scientific endeavors that try to get at our decision-making even and especially when those decisions run counter to our stated goals or intentions. I was disappointed in that Akst doesn't give a particularly powerful hypothesis as to a way forward. Other than using some pre-commitment strategies and realizing the need for group support this book could not be used as a self-help tool.
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