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The Invisible Gorilla Audiobook

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and thats a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds dont work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but were actually missing a whole lot.
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Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and that's a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don't work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we're actually missing a whole lot.

Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain:

  • Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail
  • How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it
  • Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes
  • What criminals have in common with chess masters
  • Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback
  • Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters

The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but its much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time.

©2010 Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"From courtrooms to bedrooms to boardrooms, this fascinating book shows how psychological illusions bedevil every aspect of our public and private lives. An owner's manual for the human mind!" (Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and New York Times best-selling author of Stumbling Upon Happiness)

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    Jami Browns Mills, NJ, United States 11-30-11
    Jami Browns Mills, NJ, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Will Make you Rethink EVERYTHING"

    This book has done something few books have done for me before - as soon as I had finished a chapter, I thought, "This was the best, most thought-provoking chapter in the book." Then as soon as I had finished the NEXT chapter, I thought the same thing.

    The extent of the authors' research, clear and compelling explanations and real-world examples of the experiences they call "The Illusion of Memory", "The Illusion of Knowledge" and "The Illusion of Cause" has really made me stop and deliberately apply their criteria to many aspects of my life - my memories of events, news stories, urban legends, "expert studies" and the things people say to me, among others. If you're interested in being a student of the truth and having culturally imposed and evolution-based blinders stripped from your eyes, I can't imagine a better point of reference than this.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 08-20-10
    Pavel Czech Republic 08-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting"

    It makes you think about simple things like remembering something. I considered to buy it as a book, just to be able to get back to some of these ideas.

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    Amazon Customer WEST PATERSON, NJ USA 09-15-10
    Amazon Customer WEST PATERSON, NJ USA 09-15-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "An interesting way to look at life"

    An interesting way to look at life and question the way we think and why

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    Gustavo A. Martinez 07-14-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Had Higher Expectations"

    Don't get me wrong, the book is interesting. It presents a series of interesting ideas on how our minds perceive situations, experiences and our own selves. To do so, it uses a lot and I mean A LOT of examples to illustrate these ideas over and over and over and over again, so I'm betting you'll get the points they're trying to make.

    I would suggest learning about these ideas to anyone, it's useful to know them and understand them, though after an over-explained lecture on them I would say the easiest way to simplify the book is to say "Our mind sometimes(often) deceive us".
    So, in summary, if you have the time to learn about these ideas it would be an interesting investment for your self-awareness.

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    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16
    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book on human intuition."

    Great book on the fallacies or illusions that we have everyday. You'll be able to spot some of these.

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    Lara Durrant 11-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative & important"

    This is the sort of book that more people need to read and understand. There are countless limitations on our brains and cognition. Our intuition is not always the cure all for any one situation. Sometimes slow analytical thinking is called for, and sometimes intuition is helpful. What I enjoyed most about this book was that it presents a very counterintuitive message. Well worth reading or listening to.

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    Will Strohl San Francisco, CA 09-26-15
    Will Strohl San Francisco, CA 09-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Every leader MUST read this, three times or more"

    I've encountered far too many leaders that use there intuition and memory as their primary decision making factor. This book challenges that with clear, fact-based analysis.

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    Craig 09-15-15
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    "The trees may be full of monkeys - don't believe what you think you see"

    An interesting look at 6 illusions that cause humans to make poor decisions. Excellent use of research examples, yet as the reader learns more regarding everyday illusions of thought questioning of the assumptions by the authors becomes problematic.

    The data within this book can be utilized to influence others through their natural biases.

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    Robert M Willis Jr 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very insightful"

    Thought provoking and debunks most assumptions about how we think. We are not as smart as we think we are

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    A. Malshe NY, USA 04-07-15
    A. Malshe NY, USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books on human biases"

    This is a great book. By understanding the biases we all can be better human beings. The book is based on solid research and the authors haven't cherry picked the results that support their arguments. I have used the invisible gorilla experiment in my PhD seminars on experimental methods.

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