The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

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5136m1gap0lHow do we make decisions? Michael Lewis explores the process in “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.” Two Israeli psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, spent their careers examining how the human mind works. We all make excuses and look for reasons for why events happen, and they explored how we make decisions, undo events and rationalize causation. They questioned the view we humans have of ourselves: that we take a rational approach to making decisions. The story of their friendship is fascinating, as is their work. This might be my favorite of all Lewis’ books as it gets to the core of what he is always writing about and thus is is a synthesis of all his books. All of his stories revolve around people who manage to see in a different way — whether noticing an undervalued baseball player or an overvalued housing market. Kahneman and Tversky made great strides in figuring out why people don’t always see clearly and often allow instinct to guide choices rather than empirical evidence. Their brilliant study of irrationality makes a great story.

Nicole Charbonnet

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3 Responses to “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds”

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Nicole.
    A highly readable and often amusing story of the two iconoclastic Israeli psychologists who revolutionized behavioral economics. For those (like me) who have been unable so far to finish Kahneman’s best-seller “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, Lewis’ book is sort of a “Thinking, Fast and Slow for Dummies”.

  2. How uplifting for me to learn that I wasn’t mentally impaired because I couldn’t finish “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” “The Undoing Project” was great and I haven’t found a Michael Lewis book that wasn’t.

  3. yes, i found fast + slow so disappointing too.

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