Conspiracy Theories & Other Dangerous Ideas

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Conspiracy Theories & Other Dangerous Ideas

By Cass R. Sunstein

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476726625, 267pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Description
The most controversial essays from the bestselling author once called the most dangerous man in America collected for the first time.
The nation's most-cited legal scholar who for decades has been at the forefront of applied behavioral economics, and the bestselling author of "Nudge" and "Simpler," Cass Sunstein is one of the world's most innovative thinkers in the academy and the world of practical politics. In the years leading up to his confirmation as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Sunstein published hundreds of articles on everything from same-sex marriage to cost-benefit analysis. "Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas" is a collection of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory pieces. Within these pages you will learn:
Why perfectly rational people sometimes believe crazy conspiracy theories
What wealthy countries should and should not do about climate change
Why governments should allow same-sex marriage, and what the right to marry is all about
Why animals have rights (and what that means)
Why we misfear, meaning get scared when we should be unconcerned and are unconcerned when we should get scared
What kinds of losses make us miserable, and what kinds of losses are absolutely fine
How to find the balance between religious freedom and gender equality
And much more . . .
Cass Sunstein is a unique, controversial, and exciting voice in the political world. A man who cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based, and often surprising solutions to today's most challenging questions.


About the Author
Cass R. Sunstein is Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University, Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including the best-selling Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013), Why Nudge? (2014), Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014), Wiser: Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter (2014), Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State (2014), Choosing Not to Choose: Understanding the Value of Choice (2015) and Constitutional Personae: Heroes, Soldiers, Minimalists, and Mutes (2015).