Irrationality

Irrationality

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By (author) Stuart Sutherland, Foreword by Ben Goldacre

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  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 30mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780660251
  • ISBN 13: 9781780660257
  • Edition statement: 20th anniversary ed
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 99,081

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Why do doctors, generals, civil servants and others consistently make wrong decisions that cause enormous harm to others? Irrational beliefs and behaviours are virtually universal. In this iconoclastic book Stuart Sutherland analyses causes of irrationality and examines why we are irrational, the different kinds of irrationality, the damage it does us and the possible cures.

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Stuart Sutherland, born in 1928, was Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex where he founded the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology. A prolific columnist and contributor to the Observer, the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph, and is best known for his iconoclastic book Irrationality, which was first published in 1992, and Breakdown, his candid and movingly personal account of his manic depression. He died of a heart attack in 1998.

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Terrifying, sometimes comic, very readable and totally enthralling--Oliver Sacks