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Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions By Zachary Shore,

  • Title: Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions
  • Author: Zachary Shore
  • ISBN: 9781596912427
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We all make bad decisions It s part of being human The resulting mistakes can be valuable, the story goes, because we learn from them But do we Historian Zachary Shore says no, not always, and he has a long list of examples to prove his point.From colonialism to globalization, from gender wars to civil wars, or any circumstance for which our best solutions backfire, ShWe all make bad decisions It s part of being human The resulting mistakes can be valuable, the story goes, because we learn from them But do we Historian Zachary Shore says no, not always, and he has a long list of examples to prove his point.From colonialism to globalization, from gender wars to civil wars, or any circumstance for which our best solutions backfire, Shore demonstrates how rigid thinking can subtly lead us to undermine ourselves In the process, he identifies seven cognition traps to avoid These insidious yet unavoidable mind sets include Exposure Anxiety fear of being seen as weak Causefusion confusing the causes of complex events Flat View seeing the world in one dimension Cure Allism thinking that one size solutions can solve all problems Infomania an obsessive relationship to information Mirror Imaging thinking the other side thinks like you do Static Cling the refusal to accept that circumstances have changed Drawing on examples from history, politics, business and economics, health care, even folk tales and popular culture, Shore illustrates the profound impact blunders can have But he also emphasizes how understanding these seven simple cognition traps can help us all make wiser judgments in our daily lives For anyone whose best laid plans have been foiled by faulty thinking, Blunder shines the penetrating spotlight of history on decision making and the patterns of thought that can lead us all astray.
    Blunder Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions We all make bad decisions It s part of being human The resulting mistakes can be valuable the story goes because we learn from them But do we Historian Zachary Shore says no not always and he has

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    1. This book got me thinking of my own mental framework Particularly, exposure anxiety and the masks we wear to to keep the world from knowing about the pain and struggle inside After reading, I rededicated myself to building an open mind.To succeed as a historian, you must become acutely sensitive to how other people think, to discover why they did something in the first place.Douglas Feith, assistant to the US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was one of the principal architects of the USA war i [...]

    2. There s a certain kind of person who falls for books with covers like Blunder Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions Alas, I am one of those people who am powerless to pass it by Even if I had been able to resist the cover, I could not resist buying this book after reading page 1 By age 35, Thomas Alva Edison stood at the peak of his career With all that magnetism, I still approach books like this with trepidation In this case I enjoyed the book all the way to the end Although Shore does invent cut [...]

    3. Shore did not convince me that the lessons we can learn from his stories will help us avoid blunders His subtitle says that Blunder will tell us Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions I m not sure that the book does that.Shore does present some theories on that score He talks about causefusion, his coined word for confusion about causation He talks about infomisering and infoavoiding, two coined words for keeping too much secret and for ignoring inconvenient truths He talks about exposure anxiety, [...]

    4. Excellent book about cognitive traps, especially touching on international development failures and how each situation has to be approached in a unique way, and must be understood from many perspectives The developed world doesn t have all of the answers.

    5. The author says that he will try to teach you think or at least help you avoid some of the common logical mistakes And then he makes one, almost at the beginning of the book when describing one of the psychological counseling therapy If he did not venture in the area which was not his domain, I might have believed him However, as I am a psychologist I know exactly that his description of the health problems and his conclusions, especially the conclusion based on a simple event which may be influ [...]

    6. Terrible, terrible, completely content free book Here, I ll sum it up in one sentence Bad decisions are those that turn out badly, good decisions are those that turn out well All of the terms and labels that are supposed to identify bad decision making are vague enough to essentially translate to don t make bad decisions Frequently in the later chapters he ll be describing how someone made a great decision by avoiding the pitfall Shore is currently describing while in the back of your head you r [...]

    7. This book sounds like it d be self help ish, and teach you ways to overcome cognition traps It doesn t really do that, so much as it shows examples of cognition traps and how they ve played out throughout history It s not a how to, but it does present the opportunity to learn from history After all, it is written by a historian.

    8. Subtitle Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions.The author is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, and also at UC Berkeley Obviously a man with a foot in two different worlds Also, an historian with a deep knowledge of the history of blunders down through the ages For this book, he categorizes them into several broad categories It s kind of like a taxonomy of stupid decisions.Here s a bit of a spoiler this book is about the war in Iraq and how we got into it I [...]

    9. I don t want to seem like a loose type of lady, but not even a few pages in I was ready to take this delectable book to bed and get busy you know you read in bed too, I m not the only book slut here.Opening the book with the perilous err of Thomas Edison in not listening to his employee by the name Nikola Tesla you may have heard of him sparks twat a pun it off with some historical drama and doesn t look back Mr Shore I may be taking you r books to bed often if this keeps up.Shore makes a fasci [...]

    10. I enjoyed reading Blunder, with a few exceptions I don t really like when authors make up terms when it isn t necessary The chapter Causefusion left me confused It was not clear to me whether the examples of treating depressive disorders using interactive roleplay was seen by Shore as helpful or not, and whether or not he felt it led to a deeper understanding of the causes of depression I enjoyed the other chapters much where Shore used examples from history, obviously something he knows a lot [...]

    11. The book is well written, specific and easy to follow It talks about cognition traps faced by competent people, like blind spots and choking and not because of lack of skill expertise I think everyone suffers from them There are a exposure anxiety b causation confusion c flatview d cure allism e infomania f mirror imaging and g static cling I would think the book deserves 5 stars if only the author talks on the solution part, which he modestly calls guidelines jam packed into the last chapter b [...]

    12. I enjoyed this Fairly short, it is an engaging and easy read and is truly excellent in some parts It is written for a general audience and obviously targeted to the type of people that are reading a lot of Gladwell et al but uses a number of historical examples, mixed with cases from other fields I may be the exception, but I would love to see this book written for a limited audience, in a academic form, with deeper consideration of historical cases I think that would look something like parts [...]

    13. Zachary Shore, author of Blunder Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions , was interviewed along with Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, on KQED s Forum An archived podcast of the interview is available here.

    14. Identifies 7 cognition traps such as Exposure Anxiety peer pressure , Flat World View you don t know what you don t know and Cure Allism it worked before, it will work again Spotlighting and labeling thought patterns that lead to failure is valuable analysis, but since no one in the midst of making such an error of logic or judgement easily recognizes his own faulty reasoning, I think it would be valuable to discuss how to not go down those beaten paths The author states the obvious when he pro [...]

    15. This book is written by a historian but it reads like a self help book That makes it interesting in and of itself The book is not simple to apply, but I can say it has helped me not to overreact to things, but it also makes me wonder if I have been idle to long Its a book about real world wisdom that is a little disappointing because you feel like its to complicated to apply easily Yet that is also where the wisdom of the book is found In the fact that real wisdom does not come easily from comp [...]

    16. Blunder is a book about cognition traps , which are mental conditions that prevent us from understanding a situation clearly and lead us into making wrong decisions In contrast to most books of this type, the author has taken many examples from geopolitics instead of relying only on business stories.But I am not really sure that even if we know about cognition traps, we can prevent ourselves from being trapped by them There will always be blind spots caused by our belief systems and the people i [...]

    17. Another book I read because my husband had to read the book for class I ended up reading it and giving him a summary The author was his professor I really enjoyed this book I m not much into reading histories and non fiction, however I enjoyed how much I learned about history from this book This book takes the way people think and make judgements and explains them in an historical setting This is a great discussion book While the author gives many history lessons explaining how people tend to th [...]

    18. I enjoyed listening to this book while walking to and from work and hearing some interesting perspectives on mistakes important historical figures have made, basically because they couldn t change their way of thinking Cause fusion, mirror imaging, cognition traps, infovoiding, etc have inflicted some great blunders Edison s distrust of AC, both Saddam Hussein s fall from power and the U.S invasion of Iraq, Vietnam Shore also focuses on some blunders avoided the king of Siam.It was certainly an [...]

    19. I enjoyed the theories behind this book the different reason why things went horribly wrong I loved the ancient history and the current history What I didn t like, and the reason I am just two or three chapters from the end, is that each chapter takes on the exact same structure The first sentence in the first paragraph in each chapter serves the same purpose so does the second so does the third The problem changes, of course, but I need something fresh and creative to keep my attention I m rat [...]

    20. Actually quite and interesting history book Mr Shore identifies seven cognition traps that cause bad decisions and uses historical events to show their impact The cognition traps were a bit vague and repetitive for my liking They seemed to have a hindsight is 20 20 feeling to them That part of the book seems to boil down to, Have an open mind The history on the other hand was quite enjoyable For a person who was never that interested in history in school, the historical events described were bot [...]

    21. So far I haven t read any books on human error I haven t liked Blunder is no less absorbing for me than any of the others It is different from the others I ve read, in that the author is a historian rather than a psychologist or journalist I like Shore s approach and style Part near the end discussing U.S Administration blunders entering and handling the war in Iraq may seem overtly partisan political to some Overall an excellent book that I would give 5 stars to except for parts of the final ch [...]

    22. Two words cognition traps Read this book and you ll most likely recognize many of these traps in your own thinking or in that of those around you This book can be a part of the path towards awareness of the traps, and thus possibly allow you to avoid the problems they bring on It s an easy, fast read with numerous good, short vignettes that illustrate the author s various traps Recommended.

    23. This wasn t so much a book to help a person avoid future blunders, but rather a book of hindsight It looked at people, situations and quite a few moments in our history and explained the blunder after the fact The author invented several psycho babble y type words to explain the circumstances leading to the blunder but I still found it entertaining.

    24. A great book, it was one of many books we did discussed at a critical class but by all means it was the best I had the honor to see the author of this book wandering through the school campus A blind man help us to see and discover the bias around us or in his tactful words why smart poeple make bad decisions

    25. Good info historically and militarily, but I was expecting something different in terms of personal relationships This is geared to a political world view assessment I don t seem to fall into any of the cognitive traps this book espouses, but some people might be able to find themselves in this book.

    26. A look at some of the cognitive errors that people make resulting in bad decisions The author, as someone involved in teaching about national security, has an interesting perspective on decision making that added a little bit extra to the book.

    27. OK, but not what it purported to be It does point out how people make mistakes, but used some very fuzzy categories and solutions Infomiser, flatview, cure allism, and other coined words don t help.

    28. Historical almost psychology book Coined terms seemed gimmicky, and repetitive Shore fell prey some of the same cognition traps he outlined while explaining historical examples, often narrowing the cause of some grand historical event like a war down to a single thread of poor decision making.

    29. This is a great book about cognitive traps in which humans often find themselves It uses great historic examples to illustrate when people fell prey to them or managed to avoid them It is a great book for anybody looking to become aware of their thoughts and actions.

    30. This was good, and I do recommend it I thought it would have a little history The advice it gives is so general as to be a bit obvious, maybe All in all a good read, or in my case, a listen, as I listened to the whole thing on my ipod.

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