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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How to be factful in an age of fear

Hans Rosling’s bestselling book Factfulness is a useful guide to reading well in the era of fake news, but don’t let it stop you from being outraged about climate change

Author Hans Rosling was a medical doctor and TEDTalks star before he died in 2017. He spent his last months on earth, as he was dying of cancer, writing this book. With help from his son, Ola Rosling, and his daughter in law, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Rosling described the proposition he’d spent his entire career refining.

His point was basically: Things are not as bad as they seem.

Factfulness was published posthumously in 2017 and quickly became an international bestseller, with publication in more than 40 countries. Bill Gates called it “life-changing” and gifted free e-copies to 2018 college graduates in the United States.

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