Why are people so crazy? Why don't they understand the simple concepts that are so easy for you? Why do you also seem crazy and dumb to them?
This book unlocked so much knowledge about the way people think and the more you listen, the more you must identify with what is being said.
Told in interesting anecdotes and case studies, You Are Not So Smart was captivating and memorable. I highly recommend it.
Basic overview on decision biases that summarizes quite a wide range of research in a quick read. Occasional tidbits of silly humor liven things up. And the narrator has a great time and attitude for the material. All in all, an enjoyable listen.
- you will get to know the title quite well as it's the punchline of every chapter even though it does not fit every time
- I was not able to listen to this outside or in public transport as it's recorded in very low pitched voice. Increasing the volume did not help as it just hurt and words were overshadowed by anything higher pitched from surroundings.
+ Don Hagen have this (often sarcastic) book fine matching tone.
The book hints at many interesting research topics and psychological phenomena and logical fallacies.
All that said, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mostly anybody interested in human nature / psychology / interaction.
Loved the book, gave it a 5 rating - but now unsure whether that was really me loving it and giving it a 5 rating or I have succumbed to one of the many pitfalls of a not so smart mind. Either way I feel good about reading it, feel smarter but at the same time thoroughly acknowledging I am not so smart. Brilliant!
Struggled to finish the book because the narrator was monotone. Good content though and good book.
This is one of my favorite books. The author describes the experiments in enough detail to give you a good feel for the setting. The explanations aren't stuffy. Humor is interjected when appropriate and not in a way to add fluff to the book. The narrator is great. I own the audio and written versions.
I normally dislike self help books but this book is no ordinary every day self help book.
This book doesn't tell you how wonderful you are but instead how bias you are.
We are all aware of things we know we don't know (like I know I don't know how to build a dam) but this book looks at the things we thought we knew, and why we thought we knew it, as well as why we are wrong and what the truth is. As a person who has always sought to learn, some of the concepts were review but many were new to me and they made sense. That is not to say that I did not invest some time in excepting myself from the delusion only to accept the reality after all. The information is delivered in a way geared to avoid being offensive rather than informative.
I liked that the topics were broken up since it made it easier to find a good stopping place when I had to put the story down for another priority.
In the beginning the examples were better because he talked about logical flaws. Later the examples were more about observational flaws, and seemed more for little kids.