Today’s side deal provides an invaluable perspective on the most irrational decisions you've ever made, ever will make, and continue to make every day. For $24, you get an Interactive Virtual MasterClass (a $55 value) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 7. The class is called Predictably Irrational: Hidden Forces Shaping Your Decisions and is presented by the MIT Enterprise Forum through virtual streaming. Dan Ariely, the New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational and James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, will teach the class.
Learn why irrationality plays into the way we function and how it can have stern consequences on our behavior and stability. By exposing the nature of foolishness, like the time you stapled your lips together to try a new diet or why you only seem to date Sith lords, Ariely will pump your brain with wisdom and knowledge so that you come away with more-practical solutions. MIT is one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, and in a matter of hours, you can absorb a semester’s worth of priceless knowledge that will help you rationalize better, take smarter action, and avoid Dadaist decision making.
- Another sign that times are changing is “Predictably Irrational,” a book that both exemplifies and explains this shift in the cultural winds. Here, Dan Ariely, an economist at M.I.T., tells us that “life with fewer market norms and more social norms would be more satisfying, creative, fulfilling and fun.” – David Berreby, New York Times
- The writer is Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at MIT and author of the new book “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.” It jumped onto The New York Times bestseller list at No. 5, where it remains this week. In worrisome times, we’re eager to understand what makes our economic selves tick. – David Mehegan, Boston Globe