Steven E. Landsburg on Philosophy, Economics, and Making Better Decisions – Episode #118

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeTHIS method of making better decisions may not be common, but you can hear more about it on this episode of #InTheArena hosted by @iannarino and featuring @StevenLandsburg. Listen now!Click To TweetThe obvious answer to a problem isn’t always the best answer – learn how to make better decisions from author and famed economist @StevenLandsburg, all on this episode of #InTheArena hosted by @iannarino. Listen now!Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:26 — 29.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSMaking better decisions – in business and in life – is one of the top goals for many people. On this episode of In The Arena, Anthony interviews author and professor Steven E. Landsburg, a global expert in economics, philosophy, and the science behind rational decision making. Steven and Anthony dig into why people make poor decisions and rationalize them afterward, as well as seek out the answer to why people are irrational in predictable ways. You’ll hear insider information behind the thought experiments in Steven’s latest book, “Can You Outsmart an Economist?” and it’s an episode not to be missed. Listen now!Author @StevenLandsburg & @iannarino dig into why people make poor decisions & rationalize them afterward, as well as seek out the answer to why people are irrational in predictable ways, all on this ep of #InTheArena. Listen now!Click To TweetThought experiments such as this one demonstrate how people make rational, or irrational, decisionsSteven’s newest book is full of logic puzzles that are sure to entertain and educate. He and Anthony walk through one on this episode. Let’s say you have 2 urns, each filled with black and white balls. The first urn is filled with 70% white and 30% black balls. The second is filled with 30% white and 70% black balls. You pick one of the urns at random, pull out 12 balls, and 4 of them are white while 8 are black. Which urn did you select from?Most people decide that they were 40% likely to pull from the predominately white urn and 60% likely to pull from the predominately black urn. However, the most rational conclusion is that you had a 98% chance of pulling from the predominately black urn. Why? Be sure to listen to this episode for the full explanation.The key to making better decisions lies in understanding our own biases and downfallsSteven has learned through decades of research that most people are irrational, but that they’re irrational in predictable ways. People have a habit of simply “going with their gut” and not evaluating all of the options. Steven encourages people to think smarter about their decisions, and by starting with this question, you can be well on your way to becoming a more rational thinker. Ask yourself, “Do I have any reason to trust my own opinion more than the opinion of someone else, who has been thinking about this problem as hard as I have?” This question can shed valuable light on questions you’re asking about real estate, finances, sales, marketing, and more. If you always suspect that people think differently than you do when it comes to big decisions, you can be better prepared to consider the viewpoints you might have otherwise overlooked.People have a habit of simply “going with their gut” when making decisions & not evaluating all of the options. Learn how to combat this tendency on this ep of #InTheArena featuring author & economist @StevenLandsburg, hosted by @iannarino. Check it out!Click To TweetThe obvious answer to a problem isn’t always the best answerSo many people revert to the most obvious answer to a statement. They fall into a trap of going with the first explanation that comes to mind, but Steven and Anthony counter this tendency on this episode. Steven outlines an example scenario, based on systems that allow students to rate their professors on their ability to teach well. Studies have shown that good-looking professors almost always score higher than average-looking professors. Many people would conclude that it’s because students are simply shallow and that they only notice looks.However, Steven offers the idea of good-looking people who choose to be professors are inherently better at teaching than average-looking counterparts. This could be because of the multitude of additional career opportunities for good-looking individuals (acting, modeling, etc.). Thus, great-looking people who choose to teach may be exceptionally interested in the craft of teaching, and therefore do it exceptionally well. This method of deductive reasoning may not be common, but you can hear more about it on this episode of In The Arena.Your invitation to the very best sales conference you’ve ever attendedThe OutBound Conference is like no other sales conference you’ve attended…. and for two days of stellar content that moves your sales success forward, the ticket price is ridiculously low. The conference addresses something no other event does – how to keep your pipeline full of high-value prospects. Four giants in the sales world, Anthony Iannarino, Mark Hunter, Mike Weinberg, and Jeb Blount bring you the sessions and you’ll also be led through your choice of sixteen high-impact training tracks delivered by today’s top speakers, authors, and experts. Join Anthony and his friends in Atlanta, April 23-26, 2019. Get your tickets here: and famed economist @StevenLandsburg talks with @iannarino about philosophy, economics, and better decision making on this episode of #InTheArena – be sure to give this one your full attention!Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Are people rational, and do they make rational decisions? This thought experiment can demonstrate how people make rational, or irrational, decisions Making rational decisions isn’t as easy as people are led to believe This thought experiment explains why certain groups have more political clout than others The obvious answer to a problem isn’t always the best answer Final thoughts from Steven on students, teaching, and college admissionsResources & Links mentioned in this episodeSteven’s websiteThe Big Questions websiteSteven’s publishing page BOOK: “Can You Outsmart an Economist?”BOOK: “More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics”BOOK: “The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life”BOOK: “The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics”Marginal Revolution blogScott Aaronson’s blogOvercoming Bias blogDaniel C. Dennett philosopherAuthor Jamie WhyteOutBound conferenceSPONSOR: MailTag.IOThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. 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