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.
The illusions presented were well articulated and this is the major strength of the book. Examples are rich. It could have been shorter.
This is a book of considerable interest and quite fun to listen to. It contains many useful pieces of information and provides a new perspective on how we function. I found it well worth while. I didn't give it 5 stars but would gladly give it 4 and half. This book might be read or listened to together with Margaret Heffernan's 'Willful Blindness'. I recommend both.
This is an excellent book that provides a very grounded explanation to the various ways that people are deceived (or deceive themselves) via the internal workings of the mind in their every day life. I 'read' this book via Audible's audio book service, narrated by Dan Woren. It was very easy to understand and dispels a number of commonly held beliefs along the way.
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Well written and narrated. Lots of different useful scientific observations about how we ACTUALLY perceive and remember things--not repetitive like many of these types of books.
The authors spend quite a bit of time explaining a theory, then endlessly "demonstrating" that theory in action. It's all a bit repetitive. Personally I found it short on revelations and I got the distinct impression that I wasn't as blown away by their findings as I "should" have been. Perhaps the authors are victims of their own success... I had heard of/seen their "invisible gorilla" video prior to listening to this, but I didn't feel delving in-depth to the theory to be all that enlightening. There are other pop-psychology books out there I'd recommend before this one.
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If you have been exposed to the material, this book will seem to keep saying the same thing over and over and over. If not, you will likely find the concepts (and repetitions) quite interesting.
I was expecting something far more "usuable" as a tool of instruction. Instead it simply speaks and excessive lenght about a few interesting academic ideas. I think the goal was to make some money for the author's and the publisher, but taking a 45 minute academic lecture and expand it to something more marketable.
There are a few interesting discussions, but about 60% is pure repetition and pointless commentary.
Dianne in Canada
The first have of this book was pretty interesteding but the second half became pretty boring. The author seemed to be fixated on certain ideas which was strange because it was like he was critizing others for doing the same thing he was doing....he thinks his info is all fact. This book was well narrated but was somewhat of a dissapointment. Some of it was helpful as well. If it didnt' become so boring I would have rated it higher.
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