353 - Maria Konnikova: How to Look at Life Like a Game and Make Better Choices Because of It

Maria Konnikova is a journalist. She’s written two New York Times best sellers. One about con artists and having the confidence to get away something. The other is about how detectives think. But now she’s immersed in poker (for her next book). And making big money (she made $200,000 in her first year playing). That WAS NOT the plan. She wanted to write a book about luck. Now, she’s on her way to play in the world series. She taught me about “game theory,” which is “when you look at the world like a game, where everyone has certain payoffs for certain decisions,” she said.   Links and Resources The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
My first podcast interview with Maria Konnikova  
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