Tuesday, October 20, 2009

_How We Decide_ by Jonah Lehrer

Cover photo from the Amazon page for the book.

This book was chock full of great stuff. I love books about how the mind works; this one focuses on making decisions with either your head or your heart, with a thesis that each method has advantages in different situations.

It has stories of people making tough decisions in crises, like the firefighter who realized that the fire racing towards him was moving faster than he could run, or the pilots who invented a new way to control an airplane when the triply-redundant hydraulics powering all their control surfaces failed. It describes lots of ways to make bad decisions by letting your reasoning reason you away from good gut instincts, and ways to choose whether to go with your gut or your genius.

Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. I went ahead and requested this book from the local library.