The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic is a book published in by behavioral economist Dan Ariely. This is Ariely’s second. Dan Ariely is a genius at understanding human behavior: no economist does a better job of uncovering and explaining the hidden reasons for the weird ways. This enhanced e-book of The Upside of Irrationality contains more than 50 minutes of video. Each chapter includes a video summary from the author as he explo.

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Ariely has suffered horribly in life and he uses his experiences of unspeakable pain as a way to explain some of the ideas necessary in this book.

He asks them to complete 5 min tasks and then makes widespread generalizations about human behavior. Why we respond to one person who needs help, but not to many – explains the rational and reality behind how to mobilize people and their resources and why the American Cancer Society is so effective.

Imagine you’re in a good mood and bring flowers to your mother-in-law’s. Ariely has a very personal style, incorporating many incidents from his own life and his struggles with debilitating burn injuries in his youth that altered the course of his life and certainly affected his point of view.

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

It frightens me that all attempts to increase regulation and to impose restrictions on speculation such as a Robin Hood Tax http: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America where Barbara is at a conference of those who would have us wear badges with smiley-faces stuck in our lapels were they discussed if ‘Positive Thinking’ might not be a brand that has a bit of a smell about it.


Humans seek meaning – meaning is what matters and is the link that holds most of Behavioural Economics together. Aug 28, Kanti Brahma rated it liked it.

Jun 30, David rated it liked it Shelves: What Statistics Contributes to Practical Reasoning. He explains why attractive people tend to date other attractive people, but less attractive people tend to value other qualities, like “sense of humor. If you liked that book, then you will like this one.

Ariely’s a great writer, and I love reading about behavioral economics and human irrationalities. The experimental foundation of the work discussed in the second book is tne weaker across the board, at times barely rising about the level of anecdotal data, with the author displaying a regrettable propensity to issue pronouncements of a general nature solely on the basis of his own personal experience. But I can’t give it a resounding endorsement.

This is definitely not “The Myth of Sisyphus” nor does it pretend to be. Aug 05, Lester rated it liked it. This in turn requires the discussion of big, non-fluffy issues such as the effects of government regulation that cannot be dab in nifty page chapters.

But we all like to find some meaning in the work. The optimal compensation is somewhere in the middle. Trivia About The Upside of Irr See 2 questions about The Upside of Irrationality…. Assortative mating is a skill we use to whittle down prospective mates. Handbook of the Logic of Argument and Inference: After Predictably Irrational left me in awe, The Upside of Irrationality comes to confirm that Ariely is a top-notch social scientist and is worthy of being revered as such.

And this is the sort of “heavy” stuff you will definitely not find in this type of book. Compare how much money you’d give to a neighbor with cancer who lost his job compared to millions of kids with malaria in Africa.


It explored the way that economics work on a personal level when you stop assuming that people are daan irrational and provided a great overview of the many kinks in the human brain that lead us to make weird, suboptimal decisions. Ariely is the author of the book, Predictably Irrational: Ariely shows how ironic it upsire, that scientific research into upsidee efficacy of drugs is held in high regard, but research into the efficacy of business practices like awarding bonuses is disregarded simply because of the anti-intuitive findings.


Science Logic and Mathematics. The final chapter summarizes and encourages us to recognize the upside of irrationality: John Venn – – New York: Why we shouldn’t act on our negative feelings – the reasons and science behind why it really is best to sleep on it.

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Dan Ariely – – Harper. He ratiknality in the Israeli army and From Wikipedia: And Ariely knows it, but both his style and his content peddle “behavior-ec” as an ingenious quick-fix for human frailty when some of the issues he discusses actually deal with much thornier issues.

That we are calculating machines,striving for maximizing economic utility,always following our best interest. Chapter 5 discusses the irrational behavior of revenge which rxtionality one of the deepest-seated instincts we have.