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)
This book really made me think and rethink and begin to understand the stupidity of certainty.
The narrators deadpan conversational style made the concepts sneak up and bite you when you least expect it.
The explanations and concepts. (In particular the cognative psychology side.)Also the examples of the stream of constant lies we tell ourselves so we can appear to have control in a real world that has little or no control.It's scary but almost a relief to hear someone say out loud what we all suspected intuitively but couldn't annuciate. It's like coming out of the Matrix.
Great book. Definitely worth a relisten and probably a hardcopy.
If you like understanding human nature and how the world works, you will love this book!
I highly recommend this informative and entertaining audiobook.
I think most of the experiments the book discusses are things that is very useful to keep in mind while dealing with other people. They can give you and edge, or at least make some events easier to read.
I'd say it's a bit too long for one sitting.
Maybe at times it feels a bit like a collection of experiments with some explanations in between, I feel that at times it could have been a bit more abstract and removed from specific research.
I don't know, I don't have the print version
The Just life Fallacy.... you'll know why when you listen to the book
I am not so smart
The title may be misleading, this book is a must have!!!so far my best Audio-book
Listening to this book, I felt like I was cornered at a party by the snarky know-it-all who thinks he's a hipster. Maybe, like Seth Godin and the other social amalgamators who sell books with a promise to show you things you've heard and read a million times in a NEW WAY--with references to cultural phenom like Lost and Monty Python--this book might be better as an easily skimmable printed book.
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