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.
Think you're in control of the things you think and feel? Wrong. Your brain tells you what to think and feel. Millions of years of evolution are behind your every desire and descretion.
David McRaney uses excellent, and sometimes unexpected humor combined with a summary of some of the most fascinating behavioral psychology to hammer home how to be less dumb as you go though life tightly swaddled in your own biases.
Don Hagen is the perfect narrator for this book. his charming-old-man voice provides just the right combination of wisdom and whit to ensure that you will listen to these chapters again and again!
The author is hilarious while presenting the information. This is the second book I've listened to by David McRaney. I've listened to the other more than once. This book is gong in my personal favorites, also.
struggled,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very much to get about half of the way through. Then I gave up. Not worth the money or time.
this was a disappointment after his first work. it's explanation is much more overt forcing a conclusion I don't feel his research backs up. when he wants to draw the conclusion and there's not enough material I feel he is not above tortured logic as in the last chapter where he tries to summarize the book. still an original podcast and the original is a delight
The book is well read and filed with interesting information. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. But I think the author makes some arguments or presents some evidence without including the possibility it is incorrect. I wasn't bothered by it, but I expected better from him, considering the subject and his profession.
Fun and interesting look at brain fails. Would make a good bathroom reader. Also contains warnings and tips to become less dumb.
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!
Good story but I couldn't stay awake long enough to finish the first chapter.
He was really slow and calm. Not a good book for the road.
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