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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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    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.

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    he fills the book was interesting chapters & doesn't spend too much time on anything it's a brief overview & quite enjoyable

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    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!

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    "One of the best books I've hear by far!"

    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)

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    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!

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    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.

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    This reads like a Men's Health magazine read slowlu by the guy from American Greed or Unsolved Mysteries.

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

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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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