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The Invisible Gorilla Audiobook

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mohamed Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-29-11
    Mohamed Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-29-11
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    "Good book about our knowledge!"

    The illusions presented were well articulated and this is the major strength of the book. Examples are rich. It could have been shorter.

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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-06-11
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-06-11

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    "Interesting and useful"

    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.

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    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 06-03-11
    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 06-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Practical and thought provoking"

    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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    Sam 06-02-11
    Sam 06-02-11
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    "insightfull and and a damn interesting read"

    enjoyed it more then once and will reference it in the future i liked this book

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-17-11
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-17-11 Member Since 2015

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Extremely interesting!"

    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.

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    J Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-15-11
    J Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-15-11
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    "Very repetitive."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-15-10
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2016

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great if you have not been exposed to the material"

    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.

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    Michael Reno, NV, United States 01-22-11
    Michael Reno, NV, United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Nothing new, has a few interesting acecdotes"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate D Canada 01-10-11
    Kate D Canada 01-10-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Interesting Info but..."

    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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