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:
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"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)
Tell us about yourself! I am a high school graduate with some college. I am 56 and have been a construction worker my whole life.
I would consider the audio edition better. I can do other things at the same time.
It was in small segments. A perfect listening book. Even for someone above average, like me.
I can't sound as "wise guyish" as he dose.
The June Beetle, Super Sexers.
This was such a fun book to listen to, ive listen to it about ten times. It answers so many quesitons. Even ones you didnt know you had.
This was a fantastic read, the narrator was great, and the book was well written. The laid back, informal tone of the book made complex psychology concepts easy to digest and understand. Great book all around.
Things I wish I knew before college, high school, and life.
Conformity and The Spotlight affect
No, this is better absorb chapter by chapter to think about what you heard.
Finally the book I was looking for.
This was an interesting story in the sense that it pointed out areas of cognitive dissonance. Some of the ways in which we misinterpret information were obvious (or previously known), but others were new and quite interesting. A useful guide to critical thinking.
Hmmm didn't really like this book. It contained information I have read in other books and didn't offer anything new. They offered explanations for a number of different things such as the Kennedy & Lincoln coincidences and then write them off completely by saying look at all the things that aren't the same. Whilst this is true, it still doesn't alter the fact that there in many cases (not necessarily this one) there are unusual coincidences. On top of that I found it to be patronising and I really couldn't stand hearing the smug... "but you are not so smart"
While I enjoyed the book, it did not really give me any new information. I voraciously read science mags and most of these "not so smart" researches and studies have been previously published. HOWEVER, the book is good and does have everything in one place. So for those interested in one stop shopping - this is the book for you!
Your Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is a set of brief presentations of famous psychology projects and papers covering the human nature, most of them you probably are familiar with. An easy red, but agreeable introduction to the limits of our brains.
The book is a series of relatively brief myth busting type insights into human nature. First, what you might think is true. Then why what you think is intuitive is wrong along with how this has been proven. Finally some commentary on the observations.
Soft, droll, understated.
Not really. Each chapter stands independently of the others. I listen to books in the car the separate chapters worked well for me, perhaps even better than a single long read since the gaps gave me a chance to reflect on the individual area discussed.
This is a well done book that makes you think of how you think. I recommend it to anyone that wants to learn and understand human nature.
47 concepts of human behavior that make up the basis of a good deal of what we do. Presented in a factual but light manner that makes it a very interesting listen. Well spoken and interesting, This will be one audiobook I will certainly listen to again. If you want some insight into human behavior without the boring bits this the book to get.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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".
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...
"Smug but fun"
A little too smug for its own good, but fun and insightful.
We really are a bunch of numpties...
"Explains a lot of things I thought but didn't know"
Yes as there is so much to take in - should really listen to it in parts next and consider each idea as it's explained
I wouldn't - happy with it as it was
Yes - I really liked the narrators tone - it made it sound exciting and easy to listen to and understand.
No. So much to think over it would have been a waste to have it all read in one go.
Very enjoyable, interesting and educating!
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