The author of the best-selling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, and gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their not-so-smart brains.
David McRaney's first book, You Are Not So Smart, evolved from his wildly popular blog of the same name. A mix of popular psychology and trivia, McRaney's insights have struck a chord with thousands, and his blog - and now podcasts and videos - have become an Internet phenomenon. Like You Are Not So Smart, You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we're not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane.
Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. McRaney also reveals the true price of happiness, why Benjamin Franklin was such a badass, and how to avoid falling for our own lies. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.
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"You are Now Less Dumb" is a perfect title for this book - not because I believe that the book makes you any smarter, but rather because this is exactly what I think the author would smugly say to you after telling you that the "love" you feel for your parents is really a survival instinct.
This book presents a miriad of different psychology theories in a well written an entertaining way. It is intended to show you all the ways our brains trick us, and that all of our actions and emotions can be explained.
The problem I have with this book is not with the writing - it is excellent. Overall it was pretty entertaining, but I did find it hard to listen to in long chunks because the material all started to sound the same ( In fact, I'll be lucky to remember a quarter of what I listened to). Rather, my problem with the book is that in the end it seemed to push the following messages:
1. we essentially have no free will
2. we are essentially animals and all of our behaviors come from evolution
3.. The world we live in is devoid of mystery, and by mystery I mean anything that can't be explained using the evolution and modern psycological science
Regarding #3 - how do we know that psycological science of today won't be debunked 100 years from now? For example, Freud is largely seen as a weirdo now, but at the time he had all the answers?
Anyway, I guess what I am saying is that the book came off a little smug. Also I don't feel any less dumb.
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After a few chapters of this horrendous narrator's ear shredding sibilance, I couldn't care less what this book was about. A total waste of a credit and a total shame; the content is worth listening to if you don't care about the longevity of your hearing. After a while, I was no longer able to concentrate of the content; I found myself cringing in anticipation of another wince-inducing string of cerebrum-slicing sibilant sssssss's. Ugh.
Sound quality is a huge problem with Audible's products and the reason why I'll be ditching my account.
If you have never read/listened to earlier books involving the human mind and the way we trick ourselves (Michael Shermer comes to mind) then much of the information would seem new and intriguing. Unfortunately since I've read other books, this had literally no new information for me.
The narrator's tone and approach simply did not match the content.
I expected a fresh take on some of the topics, however this was not the case. Even the examples provided were ones already presented in other books by other authors. While I know that the concepts will be similar since they are well-known and documented, I expected to get a different perspective. Instead it was a re-hash and left me wishing I had my credit back.
excellent book on the common decision making biases and errors and how social conditions compound thrm. The differentiating factor for this book is that it is told in a very entertaining way, but still maintains great rigour in terms of discussion and scientific references. Great for improving business decision making and evaluating everyday situations.
Everyone should have to read at least one book of this styling. I wish there were an eloquent way to put this, but I haven't thought of one. It's a book that insults and tells you that you are wrong for what you've thought and how you've thought. But it gives strong justifications, and if you capable of remembering what you've read, you certainly will be less dumb.
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