Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

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Random House, Sep 24, 2015 - Social Science - 352 pages

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CMI MANAGEMENT FUTURES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

'A manual for thinking clearly in an uncertain world. Read it.' Daniel Kahneman


What if we could improve our ability to predict the future?

Everything we do involves forecasts about how the future will unfold. Whether buying a new house or changing job, designing a new product or getting married, our decisions are governed by implicit predictions of how things are likely to turn out. The problem is, we're not very good at it.

In a landmark, twenty-year study, Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed that the average expert was only slightly better at predicting the future than a layperson using random guesswork. Tetlock's latest project – an unprecedented, government-funded forecasting tournament involving over a million individual predictions – has since shown that there are, however, some people with real, demonstrable foresight. These are ordinary people, from former ballroom dancers to retired computer programmers, who have an extraordinary ability to predict the future with a degree of accuracy 60% greater than average. They are superforecasters.

In Superforecasting, Tetlock and his co-author Dan Gardner offer a fascinating insight into what we can learn from this elite group. They show the methods used by these superforecasters which enable them to outperform even professional intelligence analysts with access to classified data. And they offer practical advice on how we can all use these methods for our own benefit – whether in business, in international affairs, or in everyday life.


'The techniques and habits of mind set out in this book are a gift to anyone who has to think about what the future might bring. In other words, to everyone.' Economist

'A terrific piece of work that deserves to be widely read . . . Highly recommended.' Independent

'The best thing I have read on predictions . . . Superforecasting is an indispensable guide to this indispensable activity.' The Times

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

An informative look at the art of predicting the future, Superforecasting talks about inherent biases and how we can mitigate them to become better at forecasting future events. This book draws on the work behind "Thinking Fast and Slow", which would make a great companion read. Read full review

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User Review  - mware1961 - LibraryThing

Superforcasting has so much information on the art of predicting the future and why some experts are really good at it. Very well written and so easy to read. If you are into researching the future this is a good book to read, it is full of real examples. Really enjoyed reading this. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Philip Tetlock is Leonore Annenberg University Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books on politics and psychology, including Counterfactual Thought Experiments in World Politics and the award-winning Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

Dan Gardner is a journalist, author and lecturer. He is the best-selling author of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe them Anyway and Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear, which was published in 11 countries and 7 languages. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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