Making sense of irrationality

I’ve always thought that irrationality is a bad thing and something to avoid with determination. However I was quite surprised to discover that we all think and behave irrationally without quite realizing it, and that there may in fact be an upside to it.

Recently I listened to a fascinating interview with Dan Ariely a researcher in behavioural economics, on the Skepticality podcast. Dan speaks at length about his latest book The Upside of Irrationality, where he “examine[s] some of the positive effects irrationality have on our lives and offer a new look on the irrational decisions that influence our personal lives and our workplace experiences.”

If you have just under an hour spare, prepare to test and challenge your beliefs by tuning in to the podcast on the link below. The actual interview starts around 4:26 into the recording. I guarantee it will be time well spent

The Upside of Irrationality

If you’d like to know a bit more about how and why Dan Ariely got involved in this field of research, check out the humorous TED video below. It’s just under 17 minutes, but again, well worth watching.

The interview and video have been so engrossing, I just have to add two more books to my reading list.