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Everything is Obvious - Once You Know the Answer - How Common Sense Fails Us - Duncan J Watts

The Book

Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? How much can CEO’s impact the performance of their companies? And does higher pay incentivize people to work harder?

If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again.

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The Author

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab.  From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group.

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Reviews

"Common sense is a kind of bespoke make-believe, and we can no more use it to scientifically explain the workings of the social world than we can use a hammer to understand mollusks." Read the full New York Times Review

— Nicholas Christakis, Co-Author of "Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives"

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