Non-Fiction Book Club

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Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 28th
7pm - 8pm 
 
Mark Polak is the facilitator of our new Non-Fiction Book Club.  He has been attending our fiction book clubs for several years and is an avid reader.  He works for The Aerospace Corporation.  We welcome anyone who wishes to participate.  RSVPs are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com.

 

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis's own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield--both had important careers in the Israeli military--and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn't remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind's view of its own mind.

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393254594
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 6th, 2016