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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gerd Gigerenzer Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gerd Gigerenzer is one of the researchers of behavioral intuition responsible for the science behind Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller Blink. Gladwell showed us how snap decisions often yield better results than careful analysis. Now, Gigerenzer explains why our intuition is such a powerful decision-making tool.

Drawing on a decade of research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Gigerenzer demonstrates that our gut feelings are actually the result of unconscious mental processes—processes that apply rules of thumb that we’ve derived from our environment and prior experiences. The value of these unconscious rules lies precisely in their difference from rational analysis—they take into account only the most useful bits of information rather than attempting to evaluate all possible factors. By examining various decisions we make—how we choose a spouse, a stock, a medical procedure, or the answer to a million-dollar game show question—Gigerenzer shows how gut feelings not only lead to good practical decisions but also underlie the moral choices that make our society function.

In the tradition of Blink and Freakonomics, Gut Feelings is an exploration of the myriad influences and factors (nature and nurture) that affect how the mind works, grounded in cutting-edge research and conveyed through compelling real-life examples.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Before his research, this was a topic dismissed as crazed superstition. Gigerenzer is able to show how intuition works and how ordinary people successfully use it in modern life.”

    New York Times

  • “Fascinating and provocative. Gut Feelings may well be the recipe for a simpler, less stressful life.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Gigerenzer’s writing is catchily optimistic and slyly funny.”

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Namaste247 | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a great introduction to the scientifically unexplained sense of intuition. Gigerenzer adds great illustrations that aid in understanding his theory. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who knows the answer without knowing all or any of the facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg Linster | 1/15/2014

    " In a very readable and fun style, Gerd Gigerenzer brilliantly explains how, where, and why we should trust the intelligence of our unconscious mind. Gigerenzer's research was the backbone for much of Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoy reading what I guess you'd term pop psychology books. This was kind of like "Blink" by Malcom Gladwell, but more in-depth. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by gdg | 12/30/2013

    " this book sucks. i could not come close to finishing it... "

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About the Author
Author Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer, a former professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, is the director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is the author of Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You, the German translation of which won the 2002 Scientific Book of the Year Prize, and coauthor of Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox.