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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 | [David McRaney]

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

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.
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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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    Wesley Brisbane, Australia 03-24-12
    Wesley Brisbane, Australia 03-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting and laugh out loud funny"
    What did you love best about You Are Not So Smart?

    This book really made me think and rethink and begin to understand the stupidity of certainty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrators deadpan conversational style made the concepts sneak up and bite you when you least expect it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    Great book. Definitely worth a relisten and probably a hardcopy.

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    Debra Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-23-12
    Debra Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-23-12
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    "FANTASTIC insight into how we think & choose."
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    If you like understanding human nature and how the world works, you will love this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this informative and entertaining audiobook.

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    Tommaso Helsinki, Finland 11-05-12
    Tommaso Helsinki, Finland 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Life hacks"
    What made the experience of listening to You Are Not So Smart the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    I'd say it's a bit too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    FARMATRIX S.A. Alain Vincent 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is an Eye-opener!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are Not So Smart to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I don't have the print version


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Just life Fallacy.... you'll know why when you listen to the book


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I am not so smart


    Any additional comments?

    The title may be misleading, this book is a must have!!!so far my best Audio-book

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    BH SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 07-13-12
    BH SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 07-13-12
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    "I Feel Not so Smart for Buying this Book"
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    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.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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