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Noise

A Flaw in Human Judgement

Daniel Kahneman Olivier Sibony Cass R. Sunstein

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19 May 2021
From the world-leaders in strategic thinking and the multi-million copy bestselling authors of Thinking Fast and Slow and Nudge, the next big book to change the way you think.

Wherever there is human judgment, there is noise.

'Noise may be the most important book I've read in more than a decade. A genuinely new idea so exceedingly important you will immediately put it into practice. A masterpiece.' - Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

'An absolutely brilliant investigation of a massive societal problem that has been hiding in plain sight.' - Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics


Imagine that two doctors in the same city give different diagnoses to identical patients - or that two judges in the same court give different sentences to people who have committed matching crimes. Now imagine that the same doctor and the same judge make different decisions depending on whether it is morning or afternoon, or Monday rather than Wednesday, or they haven't yet had lunch. These are examples of noise: variability in judgments that should be identical.

In Noise, Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass Sunstein show how noise produces errors in many fields, including medicine, law, public health, economic forecasting, forensic science, child protection, creative strategy, performance review and hiring. And although noise can be found wherever people are making judgments and decisions, individuals and organisations alike commonly ignore its impact, at great cost.

Packed with new ideas, and drawing on the same kind of sharp analysis and breadth of case study that made Thinking Fast and Slow and Nudge international bestsellers, Noise explains how and why humans are so susceptible to noise and bias in decision-making. We all make bad judgements more than we think. With a few simple remedies, this groundbreaking book explores what we can do to make better ones.
By:   Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein
Imprint:   Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   570g
ISBN:   9780008309008
ISBN 10:   0008309000
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   19 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, where he is founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. A columnist for Bloomberg View, a frequent witness before Congress, and an informal adviser to many public officials in national, state, and local governments, he has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, as a member of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and as an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice. His many books include the bestseller Nudge (with Richard H. Thaler), Simpler: The Future of Government, and Republic.com.

Reviews for Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement

'Noise may be the most important book I've read in more than a decade. A genuinely new idea so exceedingly important you will immediately put it into practice. A masterpiece' Angela Duckworth, author of Grit 'In Noise, the authors brilliantly apply their unique and novel insights into the flaws in human judgment to every sphere of human endeavour... Noise is a masterful achievement and a landmark in the field of psychology' Philip E. Tetlock, co-author of Superforecasting 'After reading Kahneman, one's thinking about oneself - and one's thinking about thinking - is permanently altered' Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell 'The gold standard for a behavioral science book is to offer novel insights, rigorous evidence, engaging writing, and practical applications. It's rare for a book to cover more than two of those bases, but Noise rounds all four - it's a home run. Get ready for some of the world's greatest minds to help you rethink how you evaluate people, make decisions, and solve problems' Adam Grant, bestselling author of Think Again 'The earth has been so fully explored that scientists can't possibly discover a previously unknown mammal the size of an elephant. The same could be said about the landscape of decision making, yet Kahneman, Sibony and Sunstein have discovered a problem as large as an elephant: noise. In this important book they show us why noise matters, why there's so much more of it than we realize, and how to reduce it. Implementing their advice would give us more profitable businesses, healthier citizens, a fairer legal system, and happier lives' Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind


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