Thinking in Bets - Annie Duke
As an amateur poker player, I've known about Annie Duke for a while - she writes great poker books that are full of cutting insight and ask the reader to reevaluate how they think about problems. So, I was intrigued when I saw she had written "Thinking in Bets" aimed at a much larger audience. It turns out, this book is awesome, full of ways to challenge one's core beliefs and make better decisions in life. Duke trained as a research psychologist before she got cold feet about academia and ran off to play poker instead. As it turns out, poker is a very complicated game that is as difficult to master as chess, but also, seems to be a great analogue to the messiness of life. With possibility and chance, there is an unpredictability to poker that forces you to try to make the best of situations despite having limited information. Duke challenges us to be more comfortable in saying that we are unsure of what is the best course of action and get away from being terrified of being wrong. By thinking in terms of bets, she asks us to put a value on how certain we feel about information or decisions, rather than automatically trusting in our beliefs. The most interesting parts of this book are about joining / using peer groups of people who are capable of challenging us to make better decisions, even if it means uncovering our cherished beliefs as false. Drawing on great research and current psychological thought and filled with exciting examples, this book is recommended for anyone who wants to be better at making life's decisions.