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You Are Not So Smart Audiobook
You Are Not So Smart
Written by: 
David McRaney
Narrated by: 
Don Hagen
You Are Not So Smart Audiobook

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

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Publisher's Summary

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:

  • Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends.
  • Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along.
  • Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions.
  • Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

©2011 David McRaney (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." (David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now)

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    girlie4zuz 11-13-15
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    "Definitely worth the listen"

    I've gotten short explanations about the things in this book, but it was illuminating to learn more about the. Probably not for the Ph.D., but for the curious layman it was worth the time and credit. The author also presented it in a humorous and compelling fashion.

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    Oliver Schinkten Green Bay, WI 09-27-15
    Oliver Schinkten Green Bay, WI 09-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great book. Mind opening."

    Great book that will undoubtedly shift the way you think and will transform the way you interpret things.

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    john 07-22-15
    john 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good review, definition, and story to explain the different bias people have"

    Anyone who might be involved in the assessment, selection, hiring, or recruitment of people could benefit greatly from this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Murray Rostrevor, Australia 06-22-15
    Murray Rostrevor, Australia 06-22-15 Member Since 2008

    Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.

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    "Good run down of a wide range of classic studies"

    I really enjoyed this audio program. The narrator has a great voice for presenting this sort of material. The studies presented are from a wide range of areas in psychology but are all classics in their fields. While I was familiar with much of this material, I still found it a useful refresher with interesting angles.

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    Dark Ansi Florida 06-01-15
    Dark Ansi Florida 06-01-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Information was interesting, performance could have been better"

    At times the information gave you a different perspective on what you know/think you know. But the way it was presented seemed very matter a fact.

    Overall decent/could have been better.

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    Jeanette 05-30-15
    Jeanette 05-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thorough and clear"

    Lots of intriguing info- thought provoking, and often written & delivered in a clever or funny way. If you're interested in the bizarre workings of human psychology, you'll enjoy this.

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    Grant Taylor 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    Wonderful audiobook! Listened to the entire book on two flights. Eye-opening to say the least! Loved it a lot!

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    John 04-05-15
    John 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Learned so much!"

    A self help book but one based on actual science. You will know three quarters of the material instinctively but that last quarter will be gold

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    Ray Zipay 04-02-15
    Ray Zipay 04-02-15
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    "Read "Nudge" instead"

    More entertaining, offers similarly authoritative research and findings and provides far more thought provoking means to turn content of the book into action.

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    Jaime E. Menendez 04-02-15
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    "How the human brain really works!"
    If you could sum up You Are Not So Smart in three words, what would they be?

    Makes you think!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not actually a story, but a series of explanations on common misconceptions and fallacies we experience unconsciously every day. They are written (or told, in this case) with welcome bits of humor and irony, that help you realize that, well, you are not so smart! Recommended!


    Which character – as performed by Don Hagen – was your favorite?

    No characters here!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


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  • Derrick
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    1/30/12
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    "Maybe a Little Smarter Now Than I Was Before"

    An excellent entertaining and informative listen.
    Delivered in a laid-back style that seems to really suit the material. Lots of fact mixed in with a dry sense of humour that worked well in keeping my interest throughout. While I've heard a lot of the content before, I've never heard it all in one place or with such a witty and entertaining presentation.
    Well worth the listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad
    Mitcham, United Kingdom
    5/27/12
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    "Amazing"

    This is one of the most played books in my Audible library. In fact It is currently the MOST played book in my library. Lots of food for thought, and offers you a new way to look at yourself. YOU are not so smart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    4/21/12
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    "I'm not so smart"

    Great book to follow the excellent blog. Essential management reading because none of us are as smart as we think we tend to think we are.
    @upfinder

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "Psychology made easy (and fun)"

    The narrative was monotone so early into the book I was concerned that would make it a grind to get through. Even the humour and occasional swearing don't deviate much from the baseline. However, that was easily counter-balanced by the excellent material. The book is in bite size chunks and while I really wanted to remember the names for each term described they were soon forgotten, in most cases they are clarifiedwith an easy to understand real life example.

    I particularly liked the section on branding and definitely more aware of how we are all being played like pawns. Pespi or Coke, Apple or Microsoft. Likelihood is you are an avid fan of one, why is that? Just one of the things which the book sets off a lightbulb.

    One of the few books I'd probably go back and listen to again. I imagine as a "read" its 5 stars but just 4 from me because of the delivery.

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  • RA
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    7/19/12
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    "Outstanding,"

    I have so enjoyed this audio book the 30 odd times I have listened to it. The narration is perfectly matched to the briliant content. Whether psychology is your thing or not, listen to 15 minutes of it and you will be hooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Loughton, United Kingdom
    6/6/12
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    "What a great book!"

    In my view this is a great book about the way the mind works. Every chapter is packed full of interesting and amusing explanantions about how and why we human beings act the way we do. The laid-back narration by Don Hagen makes it even better. I can highly recommend this great audio book and I would add that it's one of the most fascinating I've listen to on audible after 7 years of membership.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
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    3/31/12
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    "Clever stuff!"

    I really enjoyed this book, well, my flawed memory tells me I did! You learn so much about why people behave the way they do ... then about half way through, the author tells you that you are the same, to the extent that all the way through you have convinced yourself that you are not like everybody else - proving that in fact, you are!!!
    Complex psychological subjects are dealt with using a minimum of jargon, so you don't need a psychology Phd to understand it. The examples are underscored with examples of past experiments on hapless subjects all delivered with a wry humour, occassionally ireverant.
    The explanations have a ring of truth resonating throughout, so that you find yourself smiling in recognition and occassionally laughing out loud.
    My only reason for a 4 out of 5 is that I would have liked some advice on how not to be quite such a moron as we, as a species, seem to be ... that said, a fascinating "read".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    2/6/15
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    "Smug but fun"

    A little too smug for its own good, but fun and insightful.
    We really are a bunch of numpties...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Morad
    12/24/12
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    "Eye opening..."

    I was never into psychology and all that social science stuff, but this book really blew my mind away, it opened my eyes to so many things we humans do but never notice, it's amazing really the book doesn't tell you something "new" but it's all things that have been happening right in front of you and you never noticed them...



    It's a great read for everyone, I highly recommend it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bimble
    2/22/16
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    "Excellent Book and Audio"

    Very good book making the best in contemporary psychology available to the layman. Warning though, this may change the way you look at yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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