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by William Poundstone

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Poundstone is someone who's gone in for deep dives on Von Neumann, game theory, Carl Sagan ... and more recently, "Are You Smart Enough to Work At Google?" There's no doubt he's taken on a pop-sci flair of late, and while it's understandable from a marketing/positioning standpoint, a book that promises to be full of ways to "outguess" and "outwit" almost everyone turns out to be a lot of largely common-sense suggestions with some actual science behind them, and one or two genuinely counter-intuitive strategies that (unfortunately) sound like they're straight out of freakonomics.

It's interesting, actually - I loved the first Freakonomics book, perhaps because it forced me to think about things in new ways, but also because it genuinely offered insights into things I wouldn't have otherwise given any thought to. But that type of discovery really only works once, and by the time Superfreakonomics came along (to say nothing of the blog, podcast, etc.), it felt like retreading old ground. Not unnecessary or useless, mind you, but more incremental advances rather than breakthroughs. And frankly, if we're talking about how to win the office NCAA pool and your advice is "use the algorithms you can find on websites but tweak them slightly in case someone else is" seems aimed more at the desperate gambler than your general reader.

So I guess, if you haven't read Freakonomics (or haven't thought about it since it came out), this is a good relatively up-to-date replacement. Everyone else can feel free to take a pass.
  thoughtbox | May 27, 2016 |
Well this book was rather interesting. Poundstone discusses how we think in patterns even when we thing we are thinking at random. That lifes randomness seems too mainstream for us. The book referenced many studies from getting the best odds at winning lottery money to best NCAA bracket. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Well this book was rather interesting. Poundstone discusses how we think in patterns even when we thing we are thinking at random. That lifes randomness seems too mainstream for us. The book referenced many studies from getting the best odds at winning lottery money to best NCAA bracket. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316228060, Hardcover)

A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market.

People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. ROCK BREAKS SCISSORS is mind-reading for real life.

Will the next tennis serve go right or left? Will the market go up or down? Most people are poor at that kind of predicting. We are hard-wired to make bum bets on "trends" and "winning streaks" that are illusions. Yet ultimately we're all in the business of anticipating the actions of others. Poundstone reveals how to overcome the errors and improve the accuracy of your own outguessing. ROCK BREAKS SCISSORS is a hands-on guide to turning life's odds in your favor.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:30 -0400)

"Rock breaks scissors is based on a simple principle: people are unable to act randomly. Instead they display unconscious patterns that the savvy person can outguess. The principle applies to friends playing rock, paper, scissors for a bar tab as well as to the crowds that create markets for homes and stocks. With a gift for distilling psychology and behavioral economics into accessible advice, Poundstone proves that outguessing is easy, fun, and often profitable"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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