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)
Makes you think!
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!
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I am a goldsmith & jewellery designer from South Africa and an avid reader of SF&F, science, psychology, philosophy and classics.
Excellent. Somewhere way at the top. Don Hagen sounds like he reads the whole book with a smirk on his face and I found the information most valuable since I had little to no knowledge of many of the topics.
No, not yet, but I would want to.
Knowledge of some of these topics might actually save your life.
I think someone who has a more formal education in social sciences might not enjoy it as much. But since I am just an interested layman, I really found it useful.
Committed to making a difference in the moment.
The realisation that I'm not that smart. Wonderful rememberable stories and baritones to help illustrate the point and make it stick.
Good starting point with these ideas. All the information is available in more depth elsewhere. The narration dry and slow.
Nothing really new here, but a very good compendium of what others have learned and taught on human behavioral psychology. Entertaining presentation as well.
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