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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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    Ray Zipay 04-02-15
    Ray Zipay 04-02-15
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    "Read "Nudge" instead"

    More entertaining, offers similarly authoritative research and findings and provides far more thought provoking means to turn content of the book into action.

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    Jaime E. Menendez 04-02-15
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    "How the human brain really works!"
    If you could sum up You Are Not So Smart in three words, what would they be?

    Makes you think!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Don Hagen – was your favorite?

    No characters here!


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

    Not really.


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    brendan ostrander 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it but it made me feel stupid"

    Interesting stuff for sure. At times the narrator's voice was a little too sardonic sounding but that's a minor quibble.

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    Surita 02-08-15
    Surita 02-08-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a goldsmith & jewellery designer from South Africa and an avid reader of SF&F, science, psychology, philosophy and classics.

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    "One of the books I am most happy with."
    Where does You Are Not So Smart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, not yet, but I would want to.


    If you could give You Are Not So Smart a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Knowledge of some of these topics might actually save your life.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    James Mildura, Vic, Australia 02-02-15
    James Mildura, Vic, Australia 02-02-15 Member Since 2016

    Committed to making a difference in the moment.

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    "Interesting bit of knowledge."

    The realisation that I'm not that smart. Wonderful rememberable stories and baritones to help illustrate the point and make it stick.

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    Cory A Howe Anoka, MN United States 01-12-15
    Cory A Howe Anoka, MN United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Quick hits on the confusing way your mind works"

    Good starting point with these ideas. All the information is available in more depth elsewhere. The narration dry and slow.

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    Tracey 01-03-15
    Tracey 01-03-15
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    "You are not so smart"

    I love this book as well as the narrator's voice.
    I love this book. It is an absolute must read.

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    H. Williams Wausau, WI 12-26-14
    H. Williams Wausau, WI 12-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "3 listens and still hooked!"

    fascinating insights into your own behavior and delivered with just the right amount of sarcasm.

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    Anders 12-15-14
    Anders 12-15-14
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    "A smart audible release!"

    The voice of Don Hagen fits the bill! The short chapters fits the format. It is a funny and informal and I became just a little smarter.

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    Houston Lawyer 12-10-14

    Houston Lawyer

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    "Great work Mr. McRaney"
    What made the experience of listening to You Are Not So Smart the most enjoyable?

    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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