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Review of Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock

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  Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction is written by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner. Philip Tetlock, a Wharton professor, is the author of a 20-year-old study that showed that even the best experts are only slightly better than random chance at predicting events. He has been now running a federal funded experiment …

Mental Penguins: The Neverending Education Crisis and the False Promise of the Information Age

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What is the book about? “Mental Penguins” is written by Ivelin Sardamov, a professor of political science in Bulgaria “Mental Penguins” is a book about the perennial education crisis and Sardamov’s perspective on it. His theory is that technology saturation leads to a chronic dopamine overload leading to warped brain plasticity which in turns causes …

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

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What is this book about? “Unconditional Parenting” is written by Alfie Kohn, author of many books on parenting and education. He is an outspoken critic of traditional schooling; specifically its reliance on disciplines, grades and examinations. “Unconditional Parenting” is a book intended to make parents move away from a carrot and stick approach to parenting with unconditional …

Crimes Against Logic

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What is the book about? “Crimes Against Logic” is written by Jamie Whyte, a person with an eclectic career including that of a philosophy professor, management consultant, politician and author. The closest parallel I could find for his incisive style of writing is Richard Dawkins though the subject matter is vastly different. “Crimes Against Logic” …

The Undoing Project

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Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations. Which of the following is more likely? Linda is a bank teller Linda is a bank teller and is active in …

Review – “Deep Survival : Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why”

Deep Survival

Introduction “Deep Survival” attempts to explain survival in challenging situations. Why do some people survive in situations where others do not? The use of real life examples of survival stories makes “Deep Survival” a compelling read. Laurence Gonzales presents scientific and pseudo-scientific explanations for these survival stories. These explanations range from psychology to physiology to …