The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds changes directions a couple times. It’s okay but I found I was waiting for Lewis to come back to certain topics. The book start with material that wouldn’t have been out of place in “Moneyball” but then switches to biographies of Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. They are introduced so Lewis can continue on the topic of Behavioral Economics. From here we go back and forth and learn experts don’t know as much as they think, and science is loaded with biases. The friendship/partnership between Tversky and Kahneman was unusual. I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did, or that it started at all. This is not Lewis’ best book but it goes a long way to explaining some of the concepts that appear in his other books.

B-
368 pages

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Excerpts From My Kindle

Later, when he was a university professor, Danny would tell students, “When someone says something, don’t ask yourself if it is true. Ask what it might be true of.” – location 959–960

Amos was fond of saying that interesting things happened to people who could weave them into interesting stories. – location 1047–1047

“The problem,” says Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy, “is that psychologists think economists are immoral and economists think psychologists are stupid.” – location 4570–4571

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