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You Are Not So Smart Audiobook

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

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Publisher's Summary

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:

  • Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends.
  • Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along.
  • Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions.
  • Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

©2011 David McRaney (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." (David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now)

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    Karlo 11-28-16
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    An interesting book worth listening to if you are interested in basic Psychology or Sociology

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    "great content and performance"

    This book tells you why you don't have a clue why you are doing what you are doing. Didn't want it to end. Perfectly narrated.

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    "Entertaining and Educational"

    I just really enjoyed listening to this book and learning about all the different fallacies and logic flaws we can fall prey to.

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    "Good Introduction to Our Natural Foibles"

    I heard a lot of this stories before - especially on how our brain and senses deceive us, but it is a good first book for the not-yet-self-initiated.

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    "Excellent! "

    It is a personal paradigm shifter if you contemplate enough in the consequences of its content especially in your daily experiences, judgments and fights :)

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    "Better listen to "thinking fast and slow""

    I feel like more than half the ideas and anecdotes in this book were already described and better established in "thinking fast and slow" by Daniel Kahnman, whose work is frequently quoted in this book.
    I was also embarrassed by the somewhat pretentious tone of the writer. Dear author, you are also not so smart. We are all stupid humans. No need to be so condescending in order to make a point about it.

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    "Sardonic and Humourous Humans"

    I caught myself laughing at both old and new foibles and studies of the human animal in this enjoyably funny and serious book. Could it be called 'The Art of Self-delusion'?

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    Karam 09-02-16
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    A brief and incomplete synopsis of study after study with little application or behavioral change advice.
    The narrator reads in the most condescending tone the author may have hoped for, but it seems almost humorous whe paired with the truncated, incomplete and often disconnected list of findings the author presents.

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    "A must read !!"

    Everyone needs to read this book at least once in their lifetime. Enlightened is how I feel right now!!

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    "Very Entertaining!"
    What made the experience of listening to You Are Not So Smart the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator really nailed it, I love Don Hagen.


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    His voice and timbre are absolutely perfect for this type of book, he is legendary.


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