The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits

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  • Title: The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits
  • Author: Kent Greenfield
  • ISBN: 9780300169508
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. The Myth of Choice Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits is a marvelous book It often confirmed what I d already thought and sometimes gave me ah hah moments, revealing what I hadn t guessed Greenfield offers up studies and anecdotes to give shape to what we already know or suspect for instance, that if you re trying to move 279 food processors off the shelf but people keep buy the cheaper ones, start stocking a 479 food processor Now the 279 one doesn t look as expensive, and people buy [...]


  2. Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the First Reads program Awesome I get the feeling that this book was born out of the author s frustration with the current state of affairs in politics A lot of examples that are chosen ha involve the Tea Party, and illustrate how, exactly their rhetoric is wrong Not that this is difficult This is VERY much a book written by and for Americans The writing style is easy and conversational, and reminded me a lot of Malcom Gladwel [...]


  3. Sept book club selection This book is somewhat Malcolm Gladwell ish, although I didn t find it quite as enjoyable to read Greenfield brings up several thought provoking issues in relation to how we make choices and what factors influence those choices, and he argues that many times our decisions are affected by outside factors that we may or may not be aware of He does a good job of summing up his findings and suggesting ways we can be effective decision makers He says, One thing I am absolutel [...]


  4. I m afraid that this book did not impress me The author presents some interesting ideas about consumer culture and how we re constantly influenced towards making our own decisions, but the book itself is not terribly well written Greenfield injects far too much of himself into the arguments I would have much preferred to watch him prove his points logically through the use of scientific academic sources, as opposed to relying upon anecdotes and personal experiences At times, Greenfield threw in [...]


  5. Even though I may not have enjoyed the writing style as much in this book, there are some thoughts I will take with me and love remembering.1 Errors are the portals to discovery2 Culture creates norms, Culture enforces norms and for many of us, much of the time, culture influences decisions so much that the scope of genuine choice is exceedingly small 3 We tend to live better if we choose our lives than if they are given to or imposed on us Also, I really liked this idea.4 Control is not innatel [...]


  6. This is a great read for someone who wants to reflect a bit on the human psyche while still reading something easy to digest The title of this book makes it sound severe than it is because the author clearly believes that people have choices there are just very powerful factors that influence choice, and some situations that are framed as choices really aren t choices at all.I liked the author s use of sociological studies and historical events to illustrate his points For me, at least, that re [...]


  7. Many thanks to the First Reads for sending me this book It s definitely one of the favorite books that I ve won.The Myth of Choice Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits is much exciting than the title might suggest I learned a lot about why we make certain choices, what influences us brain chemistry for example something I didn t suspect had anything to do with my choices , and how in certain instances we don t have as much choice as we believed.What makes this book so interesting is the [...]


  8. This book is well researched, easily understandable and very readable The subject was primarily about understanding and being aware of what influences and limits our choices The author is a law professor and he uses laws and cases to explain many of his points He uses anecdotes, books and movies to illustrate his points I particularly liked the explanations of the ways our brains and memories trick us into making certain choices I m very happy that I read this book I won this on 8 26 11 through [...]


  9. As expected this is an erudite and well thought out examination of how we make decisions and the external and internal influences on those decisions What was not expected but very much welcomed is that this is an accessible and highly engaging read Kent intersperses his arguments with many anecdotal stories that help bring clarity to the concepts This book will appeal to a general audience as well as to those with academic leanings There are plenty of notes which can lead to a indepth analysis [...]


  10. The Myth of Choice Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield is a very insightful examination of choice and our belief system as it revolves around the choices we make, the consequences for our choices, and the sometimes misguided perception that we have a choice at all Greenfield presents his views very sensibly and supports them with, in most instances, anecdotal evidence, which can be very convincing This book is definitely worth reading, especially for those who may wan [...]


  11. I won this book on and was excited to get started on it I really like how he explains things and uses his own personal experiances to help you understand the concepts Everyone should read because it will open your eyes not just about the choices you make but help you understand why other people make the choices they do.


  12. This is probably my fault for attempting to read this during a busy family weekend, but I found much of the discussion and topics raised to be better addressed in other books I have read The odd use of photographs as well as the cursory attention paid to some of the issues made this a rather non compelling read.


  13. Interesting book that discusses the amount of choice that we really have in day to day life Many fail to realize how much of their choice is really guided through outside influences and regulations.


  14. An eye opening, fun, and smart look at the many things that effect and influence the choices we make Very anecdotal and accessible This book is a life changer.


  15. This is an excellent exposition of choice as a cultural element of our society choice is explored through a variety of perspectives The book is also a serious look at the ways our freedom of choice is undermined Fortunately, the book ends on a positive note by considering ways in which we can guard against our own weaknesses in thinking, but also against the directed manipulation of others The author explores choice as an element of sexuality, including personal orientation and also the issues o [...]


  16. Really interesting book that posits that we don t really have choices, we just think we do It talks about the biology that goes into decision making and also habits, which habits, in general create short cuts for decision making It creates anti decisions Many other things such as marketing manipulation create and manufacture what we think are decisions but really forces people into cattle chutes.


  17. Good tidbits of information But it s written from a very legal perspective, and wasn t surprised to then learn the writer is a legal academic and not a psychology or business academic.Very dry Lots of legal anecdotes But he does pose interesting questions about what choice really means when other socio economic considerations are recognized.


  18. This isn t a book I can easily describe because it covers so much ground I m still thinking over several of the author s points I suspect I may change my mind about how I respond to some major issues over time


  19. I liked it, but I wish I had read this before I d taken any psych or criminology classes I knew a lot about the information included beforehand It was an easy read, at least, if not a little repetitive.


  20. I absolutely loved this book It presented the material in a graspable and appropriate manner for the audience The anecdotes were vital and drove home every point the author was trying to make.


  21. Not very good, the title says choice is a myth, very so often he drifts to say things like you have a choice At other points he becomes way too biased with his obvious political agenda.


  22. Good book although it is hard to understand some parts of it if you are not American.I used to believe that we have the freedom of choice and build our lives,but as I get older I realized that choices in life are life that we think we like to believe that we can be whatever we want to be but that s not the truth biology, culture ,luck and circumstances influences if not decides our destiny.


  23. There was nothing particularly new or compelling in this book Only four years after its publication, it already felt dated to me in some aspects I had hoped it would unveil areas of our lives over which we truly have no choice e.g birth, parentage , but it instead hashed through the same ideas of environmental manipulation constraining people from having reasonable choices think white privilege arguments In my own reading, The Myth of Choice followed close on the heels of Malcolm Gladwell s Outl [...]


  24. There is a cartoon in the middle of the book that shows two fish in a bowl, presumably a father and son The line underneath states You can be anything you want to be no limits The main point of the book is that we are free to choose, but only within our own fishbowls, constraints which are made up of context biology, culture, etc Power, economics and the free market, and even brain chemistry put strong contraints on our options A fascinating read.Some things that stood out for me The reason adve [...]


  25. I ve been interested in the ideas of choice and free will for as long as I can remember, coming from both a religious angle the Presbyterian Church has a predestination doctrine and a biological The realization that all we do and are is composed of chemical reactions, which was quickly followed by the thought that, if we re just chemicals, how can we really control which way our chemicals act.Clearly, I was a bit of a weird kid.Prof Greenfield s book isn t as in depth and, well, long, as I d lik [...]


  26. ARC from Therefore, owe apology for not reading promptly after receipt.Greenfield argues that the supposed free choice in our lives is much limited than we would like to believe a premise to which any frustrated educator of the physically or mentally challenged or the poor or rich might agree.I am disadvantaged as my comments relate to the ARC version, so that what I perceive as an error may have been corrected Nonetheless, on pp 56 58, Greenfield talks about Charles Whitman s murderous rampage [...]


  27. We have to believe in free will we have no choice Isaac Bashevis Singer as quoted in the front of this book This book was a recommendation of The Team and I have to say, it was a good selection It is an interesting and concise look at the myriad of influences on our decision making process So first you have to decide if we have free will at all and if we have free will, do we really make independent choices or are we just kidding ourselves.As the author points out, once we take into account the [...]


  28. Disclaimer I won this book for free in a First Reads giveaway.How much choice do we really have when we decide what to buy at our local supermarket When we are offered a salary Who bears the responsibility of our foolish decision when we decide not to wear helmets while driving motorcycles According to Greenfield, we have a lot less influence over the choices we make then we believe Some factors discussed in the book are obvious, such as marketing strategies appealing to our visual senses and em [...]


  29. Kent Greenfield s The Myth of Choice is less an indictment of the belief in the freedom of choice than a plea for empathy and compassion Greenfield s argument has a clearly liberal slant and seems to be geared toward shushing the Herman Cains of the world You know, that guy that s pretending to run for president that said that if you aren t rich you should blame yourself as a response to the Occupy Wallstreet protest Anyway, he does raise some interesting points For example, to what extent are y [...]


  30. I d like to start off by saying I m a business major in college So as I was reading this I was in classes like Business Law Now the book I LOVED this book it was very eye opening to how choice is viewed and how it has been tested The book to a look at choice through the emotional side, the law said, and the psychological side Some of the things that are mentioned in this book I already knew about It uses real scenarios that have happen and explains the outcome For me it was a very fun read just [...]