I feel torn about this book.
Every living organism with a human brain needs to read this book. If we were all more aware of our heuristics, it would be a win for the human race. There is scarcely a more important subject for the masses to digest and understand. It would certainly help us communicate with one another in more effective ways. I loved examining at all of my faulty wiring. This book is especially great for people capable of self-reflection. I always think of the adage, the brain is the most outstanding organ in the world.... according to the brain. It is really fun to think about how flawed every single brain is, regardless of how educated a brain can be.
I feel shock, utter shock, that someone who wrote an entire book about critical thinking is often, too often, not capable of critical thought. Some of the studies McRaney included were incredible. Some were not. Regardless of the study's methods, McRaney seemed wholly unaware of the potential problems with various studies (are you measuring what you think you are measuring, are the methods of the study sound, etc). He failed to even raise a red flag for David Buss' studies that look at current behaviors and very probably create just so stories about evolution. Zimbardo was one of the most unethical researchers and his methods were extremely flawed, which make his findings flawed. Yet, McRaney seems captivated by both Buss and Zimbardo; so much so, that he cannot even include a few words of caution. I do not know what to say about that, except it makes me sad. I loved his book so much, but his failure to understand the many heuristics that aided people like Buss, Zimbardo, and others to reach their conclusions really affected the credibility of his book. It is absolutely necessary to include these heuristics in a book about heuristics.
Surfer, musician, business coach, healthcare facilities management director.
Really enjoyed this...learned SO much about myself and everyone else. Everyone should listen to this one. Excellent narration.
You are not so smart is a collection of interesting articles from the podcast of the same name. The books material is very interesting however, presented one right after the other it becomes a series of short monologues and quickly starts to feel very very dry and and less interesting than the topics themselves warrant. This would make a great bathroom book, one that you digest in small bites over a long period of time but misses its mark in the audio format when you're listening for long stretches.
estate planning attorney and marketing junkie
I liked the book but it was not really a story. It is more of a list of things we presume about ourselves that do not necessarily square with reality.
The amount of useful information exists I actually look forward to listening to the book again. Humor coupled with facts is a cogent way to present. Freaking loved it. Explains behavior so that you say "ah ha".... That explains it!
Packed with informative neuro-factoids, as narrated by a proper gent who drops the occasional F-bomb or D-bag. This book will change your perspective on how you & others think, while making you laugh along the way...(usually at yourself)
I'm a visual artist. I listen as I work. I'd love to connect to listeners w similar tastes so I can cont. to discover great reads. Cheers!
About 1:52 into the audio, the reader walks you through a horrific nonfiction plane crash that happened and gives gory details. Furthermore he is describing the experience as though you are the passenger. "...without warning shockwaves of heat and pressure tear into your flesh..." That is just the beginning. I'll spare you the rest. I'm drinking my coffee on a Sunday morning and painting. I absolutely did not need to hear this, and certainly not in this manner, just to prove that we act unpredictably in a crisis. Have not heard anything new anyway and will be returning this without finishing it.