• Brilliant: The Art and Science of Making Better Decisions

  • By: Barry Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Barry Schwartz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How can you make smart decisions? Do more choices make you happier? What steps can you take to curtail stress when selecting from a sea of options? 

Barry Schwartz gives you practical and science-based answers to these questions in this audio series. The author of the seminal best seller The Paradox of Choice, Dr. Schwartz has spent five decades teaching decision science. Now, this 14-lecture audio course lets you experience the same panache that has wowed Swarthmore College undergraduates and business school students at UC Berkeley and NYU.

Whether you're buying a birthday gift or making a moral choice, decisions abound in your life. Today there are more options than ever: from cereal brands to career paths. In a world of choices, how can you make informed decisions in your busy life? 

Peppered with amusing anecdotes and eye-opening case studies, Dr. Schwartz’s lectures give you the tools to master the art and science of decision making. Synthesizing groundbreaking research with the same keen insight that made The Paradox of Choice a hit, he uses fresh examples that resonate with modern audiences.

Join Dr. Schwartz for an exhilarating discussion of decision-making in matters ranging from public policy to personal finance and professional sports. It might be the best decision you'll ever make.    

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Plagiarism

Largely based on “Thinking Fast and Slow “ and other work. Schwartz does not credit other people adequately.

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next time please omit politicized soundbytes

The course IS good:5/5.
HOWEVER the professor is most likely the stereotypical "progressive" one may expect and cannot omit a few politicized soundbytes to lambast:
* SUVs
* commercially raised and consumed beef
* voter turnout issues (a pet peeve of the left).
etc
These liberals are as obsessive-compulsive about their ideology as the weirdo who cannot resist opening the trenchcoat in the subway to expose himself: what a shame.

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curious.

good statistics. fair facts and trends that inhabit human decision-making. an ok book if you don't mind author's own preferences on diet and politics rearing ears here and there.

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Not practical more psychological

Great book but the title is misleading. Only the last chapter has practical advice and it’s scant at that. The book is more on the science of HOW we make decisions not how to make better ones. Great book on the science of decision making but if you want practical ideas, I’d recommend Decisive by Dan and Chip Heath.

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Great review of behavior

Schwartz offers a ton of examples of our collective thinking that basically makes no sense at all. Fascinating review and a great way to get you looking out for all the ways we bias our thinking.

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Fascinating, useful and well-delivered

Prof. Schwartz was introduced to me as one of the most outstanding social psychologists of our day. I had also heard he was an amazing teacher with a knack for making research relevant. With this course, I wasn't disappointed. First of all, this is lecture series by Schwartz rather than an audio book by a narrator. You get a sense that he is enthusiastically sharing the information he's found most important/useful. Secondly, it's interesting that he has taught both undergraduates and senior executives. His examples span a broad range. Perhaps not as entertaining as a professional narrator might be, I felt like I was learning directly from someone who really knows what he's talking about.

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More than I Expected

I bought it on a sales promotion and kept my attention. Great stories about different parameters of human decisions...

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  • Michael H
  • 04-30-19

Insightful look at how we make decisions

Many of us like to think we are good decision makers the reality is most of us are not.This book offers practical steps to help us make better decisions.

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