Who doesn’t want to make Amazing Decisions?

Dan Ariely’s book helps explain why people usually do the right thing… and why they sometimes don’t

If the educational animated series Schoolhouse Rock mated with the academic field of Behavioural Economics, the two would have a baby named Amazing Decisions.

The author of this inventive book, Dan Ariely, is a professor of cognitive psychology at Duke University, where he founded the Center for Advanced Hindsight. The research he conducts there puts human beings in situations that test their decision-making, and he’s written several books to explain the results of his studies.

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A blog about books

I love reading!

On this blog, I write book reviews. It started out as a weekly review, but what was I thinking? Then it became monthly. Now it’s occasional.

I’ve reviewed books in several categories, including adult fiction and non-fiction, kid fiction, and graphic novels. I search out books that will interest my son, who is in elementary school, and my reading choices have often reflected that. I also look for books that can spark interesting conversations with my husband and my friends.

But in 2020 I’m focusing mostly on adult nonfiction, with a focus on books about work, social justice, feminism and leadership.

To browse past posts, you can filter this blog by Category or Topic at the bottom or the right-hand side of this page.

Digital Minimalism questions the productivity imperative

Cal Newport’s book about minimizing screen time convinced me to do less in the digital universe

Call me a convert.

I casually picked up Digital Minimalism, thinking, maybe, just maybe, I might possibly think about reducing my screen time next year. And thanks to Newport’s storytelling, fact-gathering and simple prose, I’m now a devoted digital minimalist.

As a computer science professor at Georgetown University, Newport is no luddite. He’s been experimenting with different ways to hack technology to improve productivity and study for years, as the author of Deep Work and a blogger at Study Hacks.

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