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How did we evolve from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumer-traders? Why are people so emotional and irrational when it comes to money and business decisions?

Best-selling author Michael Shermer believes that evolution and evolutionary psychology provides an answer to both of these questions through the new science of evolutionary economics. Drawing on research from neuroeconomics, Shermer explores what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and how trust is established in business. Utilizing experiments in behavioral economics, Shermer shows why people hang on to losing stocks and failing companies, why business negotiations often disintegrate into emotional tit-for-tat disputes, and why money does not make us happy.

Employing research from complexity theory, Shermer shows how evolution and economics are both examples of a larger and still somewhat mysterious phenomenon of emergence, where one plus one equals three. The Mind of the Market will change the way we think about the economics of everyday life. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MikeFromQueens | 2/2/2014

    " This work revealed to me the primitive hard-wiring in our neolithic brains which leads us to the most interesting outcomes. It is a great entry into the real of behavioral economics, and other explorations on why people do what they do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ninakix | 1/30/2014

    " This book is sometimes odd because it seems to sit in the middle of three different disciplines - economics, psychology, and evolution - but that actually turns out to be a good thing, because it explains how the different disciplines tie together. A lot of the research is covered in other books, but the way he ties it together, explaining how different psychological principles probably emerged from our evolution (evolutionary psychology), but also how that effects our economic systems today - and not just models, but the real actions (irrational) people take. Shermer advances an interesting model and view of the world that's worth reading about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 1/5/2014

    " There is more information in the 261 pages of The Mind of the Market than there is in most books more than twice its size. That is both an advantage and a disadvantage in the sense that the book held the reader's attention even though the fecundity of ideas sometimes bordered on the overwhelming. Michael Shermer, the author of The Mind of the Market, is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine and the author of nine previous books. In this book he attempts to capture the "Mind" of the Market while arguing against previous visions of how the market works while surveying scientific theories that he believes may be used to replace these earlier visions. I came to the book receptive to his support of free market economics, his penultimate chapter is entitled "Free to Choose" - a direct reference to Milton Friedman's classic text of the same name; however I was not convinced that, with all the scientific theories and studies used as examples of "evolutionary" economics and the neuroscience of the market, he made a convincing case. Many of the pieces of the book seemed to just hang there, fascinating little essays on some aspect of science or how "Homo Economicus" no longer exists (or perhaps never did!). He summarizes his goals as describing 1) How the market has a mind of its own; 2) How minds operate in markets: and, 3) How minds and markets are moral. Each of these goals can be included under the rubric of "Evolutionary Economics" in Shermer's estimation. For my "money" and "mind" I found his attempt to be informative and entertaining if not, in the end, convincing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy Bond | 12/27/2013

    " This book is a rip off of The Drunkards Walk, which a far better book. "

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