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Would you consider the audio edition of Social Physics to be better than the print version?
The book was a good introduction to the topic and an enjoyable listen. There are some charts and diagrams you didn't get to see.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Focused more on the actual research rather then trying to make grand conclusions that they suggest a new "science"
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Great introduction if you're not familiar with the latest in Behavioral Economics. However, I didn't buy the conclusion that these fascinating studies lead to a new "science" called "Social Physics." The experiments and use of modern technology is really interesting. But the findings are not new, these concepts have been hypothesized for some time (the experiments do a great job of proving them however).
The book really lost me when the author tries to suggest his finding lead toward broader points. But I still enjoyed the book, worth a listen as this area is only going to grow in the future.
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I'm a science writer, so I see great value in researchers explaining science to the public. I don't believe this book is meant for the general public, however, but rather people with some background in science or business who want to learn more about behavioral economics.
The main idea is this: people make better decisions when they consider a variety of points of view. The same with innovation—successful people come up with new ideas by occasionally stepping outside the norm and looking at things in unusual ways. Pentland finds examples where this is true in investing, politics, and business, among others.
He suggests that if you find yourself in a room at a party where you agree with every word that everybody says, you should probably go to a different room—that is, if you want to catch the good ideas he mentions in the subtitle.
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