Daily Archives: May 14, 2022 at 07:52 am EDT

Book Bits: 14 May 2022

Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Summary via publisher (Dey Street/HarperCollins)
Big decisions are hard. We consult friends and family, make sense of confusing “expert” advice online, maybe we read a self-help book to guide us. In the end, we usually just do what feels right, pursuing high stakes self-improvement—such as who we marry, how to date, where to live, what makes us happy—based solely on what our gut instinct tells us. But what if our gut is wrong? Biased, unpredictable, and misinformed, our gut, it turns out, is not all that reliable. And data can prove this. In Don’t Trust Your Gut, economist, former Google data scientist, and New York Times bestselling author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz reveals just how wrong we really are when it comes to improving our own lives.

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