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How has one book that barely mentions sports reshaped the game of baseball?

Joe Lemire--senior writer at SportTechie and contributor to the New York Times and MLB Network--takes Julie and Eve out to the sandlot to discuss the impact that Thinking, Fast and Slow--a book about flawed human reasoning and decision-making written by Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman--has had on our national pastime. They discuss the advantages of countering cognitive bias on and off the field; how the superstitions of baseball can coexist with a statistics-based analysis; and what happened when a biomathematician left his job at NASA to become a baseball executive and almost blew his career on the first day. Julie and Eve also learn the distinction between fruit salad and chocolate cake, cognitively speaking--and what that has to do with baseball.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

*Major New York Times Bestseller

*More than 2.6 million copies sold

*One of TheNew York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year

*Selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best nonfiction books of the year

*Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

*Daniel Kahneman's work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewis's best-selling The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

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New York Times article, “This Book Is Not About Baseball. But Baseball Teams Swear by It,” by Joe Lemire

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