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Why is split second decision-making superior to deliberation? Gut Feelings delivers the science behind Malcolm Gladwell?s Blink Reflection and reason. Gerd Gigerenzer, Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making, Penguin Books, (1st ed. ) ISBN £ (paperback). In a conversation with Gerd Gigerenzer, this German psychologist looks My research indicates that gut feelings are based on simple rules of.

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The argument is that evolution has given us an adaptive toolkit of decision making tools. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

But today’s hindsight can be tomorrow’s foresight, and I wish that point had been more emphasized. In order to make sense of Gerd Gigerenzer’s Gut Feelings: Such methods developed with this book in mind are more likely to perform well and be simple to remember and implement.

What stood out to me, was how the author demonstrated that those who have average knowledge of a given subject often can accurately deduce things about that subject as well as, if not better than, those with a lot of knowledge on the subject. Looking for More Great Reads? I especially like the way Gigerenzer describes that people don’t think and feel like rational computers by giving example of the half empty half full glass.

Oct 13, Sylvia rated it really liked it Shelves: Gigerenzeer and political change, good or bad, often originates from these factors rather than from lucid reasoning.

The reason I wanted to re-read it is to compare what Gigerenzer says about social instincts to what Matthew Lieberman has explored and written about in his recently published book “Social: Facing two glass Highly readable for such a scientific book. And, accroding to the author, studies suggest that these can be more effective than statistical analysis. Besides offering an easy-to-read version of his scientific evidence, Gigenrenzer also provides some real world applications of his theories.


So the fielder applies an instinctive rule that he has learned from having chased thousands of fly balls: My main criticism of the book is that it exalts intution and disparages reason too much. Much better qualified to help us make decisions is the cognitive, emotional, and social repertoire we call intuition? Try flipping a coin; if you’re upset by the result, you have your instinctive answer, Gigerenzer said. Mar 18, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: They can reflect fear, nervousness or experiences that have little to do with the current situation, Gigerenzer said.

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I’ve learned so much from this book that it doesn’t even matter! Whether such intuitions work as well, or better, than rational, gigerenzzer reasoning gsrd solving problems is a controversial topic among researchers. Aug 30, Bill rated it it was amazing. Page 27 Page In conclusion, this book made me sad in ways a book of statistically-driven, non-narrative nonfiction should not. He does this in a pretty simple and interesting way. It really was more of a scientific look vs.

He pointed out that sometimes we imitate the majority of our peers and sometimes we imitate only successful individuals. Gigerenzer’s basic principle is that many of our decisions are based on unconscious and instinctual heuristic processes and that these processes are often more efficient than stat In order to make sense of Gerd Gigerenzer’s Gut Feelings: We seldom have full information, and we seldom have enough time to deliberate.

Throughout the book he defends simple, unconscious thought processes what we would call intuitionwhich are usually ignored in favor of complex formulas.

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While it was a brief introduction to the idea, Gigerenzer’s last chapter in this book opened a new door for understanding human nature in a more hopeful view. Inspired by Your Browsing History. It was great in the first few chapters.


Apr 13, gramakri rated it liked it. Nov 30, Graig rated it really liked it.

Gigerenzer’s explanations of social decision heuristics — what we do versus what we think we are doing — are compelling and thought-provoking. The intuition can be a better guide than our explicit reasoning, and that we really should try to feelingss it. German psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer begs to differ.

A critic of the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, he argues that heuristics should not lead us to conceive of human thinking as riddled with irrational cognitive biases, but rather to conceive rationality as an adaptive tool that is not identica Gerd Gigerenzer is a German psychologist who has studied the use of bounded rationality and heuristics in decision making, especially in medicine.

You may wonder it is cultural or religious reason to cause this discrepancy, but in fact, the major culprit is the system. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. After hearing this book described as the “science behind Gigerenzdr Gladwell’s Blink ,” I thought that it might be inaccessible and filled with jargon.

It has learned to do this from a combination of evolution and experience. A very interesting read, though at certain places it tends to be somewhat repetitive. I admit I am totally clueless on the subject. I’d recommend the section discussing triage in a cardiac care unit, to gigerenxer healthcare professional who must make a decision about directing a patient on for any type of care, or who is being asked to render advice about seeking care.