Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious

by Gerd Gigerenzer
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Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer

Why is split second decision-making superior to deliberation? Gut Feelings delivers the science behind Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Reflection and reason are overrated, according to renowned psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer. Much better qualified to help us make decisions is the cognitive, emotional, and social repertoire we call intuition?a suite of gut feelings that have evolved over the millennia specifically for making decisions. ?Gladwell drew heavily on Gigerenzer's research. But Gigerenzer goes a step further by explaining just why our gut instincts are so often right. Intuition, it seems, is not some sort of mystical chemical reaction but a neurologically based behavior that evolved to ensure that we humans respond quickly when faced with a dilemma? (BusinessWeek).

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ISBN-13: 9781101202418
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,006,802
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gerd Gigerenzer is the author of Gut Feelings. He is currently the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, and lectures around the world on the importance of proper risk education for everyone from school-age children to prominent doctors, bankers, and politicians.

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Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
According to Freud and other intellectuals and philosophers, intuition is unsound and has no merit. Freud warns not to put any value on gut feelings. Instead, people should trust logic and reasoning. German psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer begs to differ. He claims that intuition often works far better than reason to solve problems and make decisions. Gigerenzer details numerous studies that repeatedly demonstrate intuition's ability to trump logic. He illustrates how people with less information often make better decisions than experts. getAbstract recommends Gigerenzer's book to people who want to understand and improve the way they make decisions. As Alexander Pope said, "Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise." Gigerenzer might agree. What do you think? More to the point, what do you feel in your gut?
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Thank you, except I cant rp as delilah anymore.
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Why not??
J_H_Bytell More than 1 year ago
This was a disappointment. If you are looking for advice--'how-to'--on tuning into your gut feelings, look elsewhere. This isn't going to help much. On the other hand, it does offer a certain amount of encouragement to simply trust your gut more than you may. Unfortunately, my gut said 'read this', but I don't know if that was the best use of my time.