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The Upside Of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 21 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (May 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061995037
  • ASIN: B004NSVE50
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Marburger, Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University and former Science Advisor to President George W. Bush
“Roger Pielke, Jr.’s voice in the global warming debate is one of rare common sense. While many authors link anthropogenic climate change with energy technology, Pielke, Jr. goes farther and emphasizes the role of development economics and deep seated social behaviors that cannot easily be addressed. You may not agree with his ‘oblique, pragmatic’ proposal for ‘accelerating decarbonization’ of society, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better analysis of the thorniest aspects of the climate challenge.”

Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Senior Fellow in Science and Technology at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; former Science Advisor to President William J. Clinton
"The present climate policy stalemate cries out for a new approach in dealing with a challenge that is unprecedented in scope and complexity. This book offers scientists, policy makers and the general public a critical perspective and thoughtful suggestions for a way forward. It should be read by anyone who cares about the future of the planet and its people.”

D. James Baker, William J. Clinton Foundation and former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
“Pielke’s thoughtful analysis of how climate science has interacted with policy - often not productively - provides new and engaging insights. Moreover, his conclusion about the importance of decarbonization and disaggregating climate policy gives the climate debate a new dimension. By weaving his personal story into the development of these issues, he presents a compelling narrative that deserves a wide readership.”

Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
“Roger Pielke, Jr., cuts through passions and politics to propose a clear and sober way forward in addressing one of the critical issues of our time.”

The Economist
“A bright and provocative book…the arguments for an energy-innovation approach to climate change seem currently to be gaining ground… For those who want to understand them, this [book] is a very good place to start.”

Slate.com
“This year’s must-read global warming book.”

Reason
“Pielke’s proposals look increasingly likely to garner some bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. …The Climate Fix is a clear-eyed analysis of how climate science became politicized and of the magnitude of the technological and economic issues that addressing the uncertainties of any future warming will entail.”

Bjørn Lomborg
“This year’s must-read global-warming book [is] The Climate Fix.”

From the Back Cover

The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

  • Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?
  • How can confusing directions actually help us?
  • Why is revenge so important to us?
  • Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

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This is an amazing read; first heard Dan Ariely interviewed on the BBC; I have been a fan ever since and have based my doctoral dissertation on a study mentioned in this book.
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Lacked the experimental data in "Predictably Irrational"
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If you're familiar with behavioural economics (Freakonomics, Predictably Irrational, etc.), then you know what to expect -- no surprises here. Great read.
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The difficulty with this book is there is far too much Dan Ariely and his life circumstances and not enough attention paid to the practical use of the irrational approach to decision making. The author has had a tough go in life, having to deal with extensive burns and their aftermath, but that has taken over the book and it becomes a boring read. I sent the book on to the thrift store where someone will get it for what it is worth maybe $00.25
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The first book permanently altered my model for dealing with people - it had a big positive impact. I won't be buying this until there is a Kindle version, which is when the review gets a 4 or 5.
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