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:
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
"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)
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.
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.
An interesting way to look at life and question the way we think and why
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.
Great book on the fallacies or illusions that we have everyday. You'll be able to spot some of these.
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.
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.
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.
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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