I really liked this book! I highly encourage all Americans to read this book. It helps keep things in perspective – helps to understand where ideas develop from those who have different opinions than you do. It even helped me understand my own default positions better. In the end, this book does what most other political type books do not – bring people together. Being able to understand the other person’s perspective, world paradigm, values, and ethics opens the door to conversation, collaboration, and unity.
In summary, this book describes why people are divided by politics and religion.
This is one of my favorite books I’ve read. It is a great how to book and will improve your observation skills, situational awareness, and communication skills.
The book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life, is written by Amy E. Herman who is an art historian and a lawyer. She teaches others to use observation in their everyday life for both work and personal improvement. I highly encourage all to read this book. As a side benefit, it will increase your appreciation for art.
Below I will quote parts of the book and make notes for my future reference.
This book (The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis) centers around the story of a friendship between Daniel K ahneman and Amos Tversky. The story moves steadily and is quite a page turner following the development of these two geniuses whose ideas really gelled through their collaboration. Their careers have affected more than the world of psychology and reach into the world I am familiar with (medicine) as well as economics, aeronautics, engineering, politics, and more. We have all been influenced by the research and findings of these two heavyweights, and this story is a fun and enlightening read describing their struggles, life experiences, research, and findings.
In the past, I read the book Thinking, Fast and Slow, which was written by Kahneman. I did not realize what a brilliant mind he was and now want to re-read that book. Maybe now I will understand the content better!
I enjoyed this book and its content. It makes sense to me and he describes my concerns with the quantitative easing season we recently went through in our country.
My criticism is with his writing style. Without a base interest in the subject, you might not get through this book. The book hits you with point after point after point. Just as soon as something clicks and you have an aha moment, you get drowned in more economics.
In the end, if you think the best thing for our country is redistribution of wealth, this book will challenge your thoughts. If you think the only fair situation is to give more to tax the rich more to help the poor, this book will challenge your ideas.
Mr. Conard describes how through the use of the stimulus mentality, we might have slowed our recovery, through our undisciplined absorption of many immigrants we have slowed both our and the worlds economical growth, yet we still managed to find jobs for these immigrants and grow our economy nonetheless.
This book is both optimistic and pessimistic. Whether you agree or disagree with the political side these economic ideas seem to reside on, it is a good read for theory and understanding from a different perspective.