Erez Yoeli, co-author of Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior recommends some intriguing books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Erez's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
My absolute favorite of all time is probably still Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, which, despite being a breezy, fun read, fundamentally altered the way I view the world. More recent favorites are Joe Henrich's The Secret to Our Success and The WEIRDEST People in the World; Joe's way of seeing the world is powerfully insightful.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct, and I can't stop recommending it. It's a great overview of how cooperation has shaped the natural world, and our own lives, with fascinating applications ranging from cleaner fish to cancer.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I read a lot as a kid, though I have a terrible memory, and sadly remember little of what I read. I do remember finding Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to be particularly touching, even when I would leaf through it as an older kid. I still choke up a bit when I do so now. Hat's off to Silverstein for distilling into this comically simple story a tragic truth about love.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
In my day-to-day, I am an audiobook-o-holic, and am constantly searching for excuses to walk places so I can listen. Paper and Kindle are both equally likely to get pulled out when I'm on vacation, disconnected from the internet.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Probably the University of Chicago's Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. I loved them in their old location in the basement of the Seminary, and still love them in their new location, alongside Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.
Many thanks to Erez for recommending some intriguing books! Please don't forget to check out Erez's book Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior.
Image Copyrights: John Murray Press (Hidden Games), Oxford University Press (The Selfish Gene), Vintage Publishing (The Social Instinct), HarperCollins Publishers Inc (The Giving Tree)