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Jeremiah

Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tali Sharot
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    One of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today investigates the bias toward optimism that exists on a neural level in our brains and plays a major part in determining how we live our lives.

    Joshua Kim says: "In Support of 'The Optimism Bias'"
    "Classic case of researcher reporting subjectively."
    Overall
    Story

    %5-10 of the book is data and research.
    the remaining %90-95 is speculation presented as data and research (above).

    E.G. 1
    Loose quote from mid book,
    "Did Obama's speech trigger increased levels of oxytocin in the brains of the crowd? We would not be surprised to find that this is true. "
    E.G. 2
    Bobby (white) and Bill (black) play basketball.
    Bobby and Bill are equally good at the game. (This is an impossibility of course)
    a bunch more fallacious representations and impossibilities later later......
    The author offers up the carefully woven speculation as fact.

    Meh.
    I became ill of having to pay attention to what was assumption and what was upheld factual data. thus I stopped half way through to prevent myself from taking in the remainder of the mis represented data, and accidentally informing myself incorrectly.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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