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You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself | [David McRaney]

You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself

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. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 David McRaney (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14
    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Ssssssssoooo you bought this book to be sssssmart."

    The information is great and very well put together. But the S's are annoying. I can only listen to a chapter at a time and forget listening to this on my headphones.

    Sssssso there you have it !

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 02-12-14
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "We are rats in a cage?"

    "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.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 04-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing New Here"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's tone and approach simply did not match the content.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sal 07-21-15
    Sal 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BORRINGGG!!!"
    What did you like best about You Are Now Less Dumb? What did you like least?

    What a snoozefest! The story is good and I get it but the narrator, my lord he was sloooowww and booorrring! DO NOT LISTEN WHILE DRIVING! You will find yourself hypnotized by the old man's voice and get into an accident!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Good story but I couldn't stay awake long enough to finish the first chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was really slow and calm. Not a good book for the road.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffani 06-21-15
    Tiffani 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Love the dry humor and right on observations. Well done. One of my new favorites.

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    nate Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 06-12-15
    nate Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dull and depressing"

    Its not that I don't agree with the content of the book it's how the author applies what he has learned about human behavior. If you are interested in this subject find a different author

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    Grant A Reichert 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "well worth the time"

    McRaney does a great job with this book. It was a continuation of his last book "You are not so smart."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damion Brown 05-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent book to improve your decision making!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Middagh Phoenix, AZ United States 05-06-15
    Joshua Middagh Phoenix, AZ United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    best book ive heard in a long time. definitely recommend this to the entire planet

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content"

    This book is an opportunity to realize what we are how we think and to make us more worried about what it means to be human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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