• by Zachary Shore
  • Narrated by Zachary Shore, Kevin Pariseau
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We all make bad decisions. It's part of being human. The resulting mistakes can be valuable, the story goes, because we learn from them. But do we? Historian Zachary Shore says no, not always, and he has a long list of examples to prove his point.From colonialism to globalization, from gender wars to civil wars, or any circumstance for which our best solutions backfire, Shore demonstrates how rigid thinking can subtly lead us to undermine ourselves. In the process, he identifies seven "cognition traps" to avoid. These insidious yet unavoidable mind-sets include:
Exposure Anxiety: fear of being seen as weak

Causefusion: confusing the causes of complex events

Flat View: seeing the world in one dimension

Cure-Allism: thinking that one-size solutions can solve all problems

Infomania: an obsessive relationship to information

Mirror Imaging: thinking the other side thinks like you do

Static Cling: the refusal to accept that circumstances have changedDrawing on examples from history, politics, business and economics, health care, even folk tales and popular culture, Shore illustrates the profound impact blunders can have. But he also emphasizes how understanding these seven simple cognition traps can help us all make wiser judgments in our daily lives. For anyone whose best-laid plans have been foiled by faulty thinking, Blunder shines the penetrating spotlight of history on decision making and the patterns of thought that can lead us all astray.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

helpful extension of the genre

Blunder is a net add to the whole "wisdom of crowds" discussion. What I liked most about this book was how Shore provided a handful of obscure but interesting examples of how decision makers'charateristics impacted their decisions. Intro by the author is solid. Narration is also solid.
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- Andy

Don't waste your time

I was expecting a book based on solid psychology research. Instead, it's a "historian" making obvious points, yet basing them on very little evidence. To make each point he goes on for about 20 minutes longer than necessary - it sounds like this book received no editing at all. And his use of historical examples is very simplistic to the point of being amateurish. Apparently he's really a professor, but I shudder to think that this is how students are being taught history. Please, choose any other book in this category instead.
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- Delano

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-25-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios