The Resource The delusions of crowds : why people go mad in groups, William J. Bernstein

The delusions of crowds : why people go mad in groups, William J. Bernstein

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The delusions of crowds : why people go mad in groups
Title
The delusions of crowds
Title remainder
why people go mad in groups
Statement of responsibility
William J. Bernstein
Title variation
Why people go mad in groups
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Language
eng
Summary
  • ""We are the apes who tell stories," writes William Bernstein. "And no matter how misleading the narrative, if it is compelling enough it will nearly always trump the facts." As Bernstein shows in his eloquent and persuasive new book, The Delusions of Crowds, throughout human history, compelling stories have catalyzed the spread of contagious narratives through susceptible groups-with enormous, often disastrous consequences. Inspired by Charles Mackay's nineteenth-century classic Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Bernstein engages with mass delusion with the same curiosity and passion, but armed with the latest scientific research that explains the biological, evolutionary, and psychosocial roots of human irrationality. Bernstein tells the stories of dramatic religious and financial manias in western society over the last 500 years-from the Anabaptist Madness that afflicted the Low Countries in the 1530s to the dangerous End-Times beliefs that animate ISIS and pervade today's polarized America; and from the South Sea Bubble to the Enron scandal and dot-com bubbles of recent years. In Bernstein's supple prose, the participants are as colorful as their motivation- invariably "the desire to improve one's well-being in this life or the next." As revealing about human nature as they are historically significant, Bernstein's chronicles reveal the huge cost and alarming implications of mass mania: for example, belief in dispensationalist End-Times has over decades profoundly affected U.S. Middle East policy. Bernstein observes that if we can absorb the history and biology of mass delusion, we can recognize it more readily in our own time and avoid its often dire consequences"--
  • Throughout human history, compelling stories have catalyzed the spread of contagious narratives through susceptible groups-- with enormous, often disastrous consequences. Armed with the latest scientific research that explains the biological, evolutionary, and psychosocial roots of human irrationality. Bernstein tells the stories of dramatic religious and financial manias in western society over the last 500 years. The participants are as colorful as their motivation-- invariably "the desire to improve one's well-being in this life or the next. -- adapted from publisher info
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Bernstein, William J
Dewey number
302.33
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HM871
LC item number
.B47 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Collective behavior
  • Delusions
  • Crowds
  • Collective behavior
  • Crowds
  • Delusions
Label
The delusions of crowds : why people go mad in groups, William J. Bernstein
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude -- Joachim's children -- Believers and rogues -- Briefly rich -- George Hudson, capitalist hero -- Miller's run -- Winston Churchill's excellent adventure in monetary policy -- Sunshine Charlie misses the point -- Apocalypse cow -- God's sword -- Entrepreneurs of the Apocalypse -- Dispensationalist catastrophes: potential and real -- Rapture fiction -- Capitalism's philanthropists -- Hucksters of the digital age -- Mahdis and caliphs -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802157096
Lccn
2020055309
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1230253723
  • 1991945
  • (OCoLC)on1230253723
Label
The delusions of crowds : why people go mad in groups, William J. Bernstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude -- Joachim's children -- Believers and rogues -- Briefly rich -- George Hudson, capitalist hero -- Miller's run -- Winston Churchill's excellent adventure in monetary policy -- Sunshine Charlie misses the point -- Apocalypse cow -- God's sword -- Entrepreneurs of the Apocalypse -- Dispensationalist catastrophes: potential and real -- Rapture fiction -- Capitalism's philanthropists -- Hucksters of the digital age -- Mahdis and caliphs -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802157096
Lccn
2020055309
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1230253723
  • 1991945
  • (OCoLC)on1230253723

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