the title is right on the money -- the book is about how human intuitions can be deceiving. superbly written, citing lots and lots of extremely interesting research. a really fun read.
This book has done something few books have done for me before - as soon as I had finished a chapter, I thought, "This was the best, most thought-provoking chapter in the book." Then as soon as I had finished the NEXT chapter, I thought the same thing.
The extent of the authors' research, clear and compelling explanations and real-world examples of the experiences they call "The Illusion of Memory", "The Illusion of Knowledge" and "The Illusion of Cause" has really made me stop and deliberately apply their criteria to many aspects of my life - my memories of events, news stories, urban legends, "expert studies" and the things people say to me, among others. If you're interested in being a student of the truth and having culturally imposed and evolution-based blinders stripped from your eyes, I can't imagine a better point of reference than this.
The illusions presented were well articulated and this is the major strength of the book. Examples are rich. It could have been shorter.
This is a book of considerable interest and quite fun to listen to. It contains many useful pieces of information and provides a new perspective on how we function. I found it well worth while. I didn't give it 5 stars but would gladly give it 4 and half. This book might be read or listened to together with Margaret Heffernan's 'Willful Blindness'. I recommend both.
This is an excellent book that provides a very grounded explanation to the various ways that people are deceived (or deceive themselves) via the internal workings of the mind in their every day life. I 'read' this book via Audible's audio book service, narrated by Dan Woren. It was very easy to understand and dispels a number of commonly held beliefs along the way.
enjoyed it more then once and will reference it in the future i liked this book
Avid audiobook addict!
Well written and narrated. Lots of different useful scientific observations about how we ACTUALLY perceive and remember things--not repetitive like many of these types of books.
The authors spend quite a bit of time explaining a theory, then endlessly "demonstrating" that theory in action. It's all a bit repetitive. Personally I found it short on revelations and I got the distinct impression that I wasn't as blown away by their findings as I "should" have been. Perhaps the authors are victims of their own success... I had heard of/seen their "invisible gorilla" video prior to listening to this, but I didn't feel delving in-depth to the theory to be all that enlightening. There are other pop-psychology books out there I'd recommend before this one.
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If you have been exposed to the material, this book will seem to keep saying the same thing over and over and over. If not, you will likely find the concepts (and repetitions) quite interesting.
I was expecting something far more "usuable" as a tool of instruction. Instead it simply speaks and excessive lenght about a few interesting academic ideas. I think the goal was to make some money for the author's and the publisher, but taking a 45 minute academic lecture and expand it to something more marketable.
There are a few interesting discussions, but about 60% is pure repetition and pointless commentary.