The DisinfoView: Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz joins disinformation’s Gary Baddeley to discuss her new book, “Eyes Wide Open.” They discuss corporate personhood and the issue of rights without responsibilities, Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis, how and why the US government made the decisions that ended in the demise of Lehman and the bailout of other Wall Street banks, and how to make decisions amongst a deluge of information, not least from “experts” who may very well be providing misleading or plain wrong advice…

The official blurb for the book:

Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World” is Noreena Hertz’s practical, cutting-edge guide to help you cut through the data deluge and make smarter and better choices, based on her highly popular TED talk.

In this eye-opening handbook, the internationally noted speaker, economics expert, and bestselling author of “IOU: The Debt Threat” and “The Silent Takeover” reveals the extent to which the biggest decisions in our lives are often made on the basis of flawed information, weak assumptions, corrupted data, insufficient scrutiny of others, and a lack of self-knowledge.

To avert such disasters, Hertz persuasively argues, we need to become empowered decision-makers, capable of making high-stakes choices and holding accountable those who advise us.

In “Eyes Wide Open,” she weaves together scientific research with real-world examples from Hollywood to Harry Potter, NASA to World War Two spies, to construct a path to more astute and empowered decision-making in ten clear steps. With a razor-sharp intellect and an instinct for popular storytelling, she offers counter-intuitive, actionable guidance for making better choices—whether you are a business-person, a professional, a patient, or a parent.

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  • Rex Vestri

    The Newsweek cover pic (before you hit play) looks just like Lydia from Breaking Bad (actress Laura Fraser).

    • Matt Staggs

      Someone might want to tell her to lay off the stevia.

  • salviad

    Thanks for the intro to Hertz. Great interview.

  • echar

    The mention of needing to check sources reminded me of the bulshytt in Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.

  • BuzzCoastin

    to hold the naive assumption that this system can be repaired
    is to completely overlook both the cause & effects of the problem
    which is, the technology “money”
    and it’s effects: avarice, lying, hording, cheating and profligacy
    (to name a few)
    which are states of mind forced upon human consciousness by money technology

    (google Lori Santos & Capuchin monkeys to find out how)

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