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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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    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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    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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    Kamila Starczewska 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cutting edge psychology book!"

    Funny read! The book is a celebration of self delusion.
    PS. delusions keep us sane

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    JT Holtaway 06-22-16
    JT Holtaway 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Witty, educational, entertaining"

    The narrator is great, the writing is clever, I liked the author's sense of humor and I learned so much about cognitive biases. If you want an enjoyable way to learn about w broad range of heuristics you won't regret buying this

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    "We're All Idiots"

    I've often thought that we are all idiots, most of the time, and now I see why.

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    "Not Very Interesting"

    Although I enjoy these sort of books, I found this one to be lacking. A lot the studies were ones that I had heard about before, so I found this to not be new or engaging. Many of the "truths" were obvious. I was not eager to keep listening, but did so as the I did enjoy the tone of the writing (it was like having a conversation with a friend). I just wasn't all that impressed. There are other books in this genre that are much better.

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    Jessica Dawson 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Upper hand!"

    Ever been accused of getting lost in thought or enjoy philosophizing amongst the best of them?This cutting edge, researched-based, non-intuitive approach will have you rethinking your perspective and gaining thr upperhand by challenging unsuspecting amateurs.

    There is so much information that one needs time to absorb the full implications of the content between chapters before moving on. I recommend journaling between chapters so that the information sticks.

    The audio book contains interesting case studies, stories, and research. If you listen straight through you are likely to zone out because of the soothing voice of the reader and due to a few rather complex psychological assertions. Be ready for a psychological awakening because if you do this right, you will question yourself and your motivations. There are times you might feel naked and ashamed but stick to it and you will exercise you mental capacities, gain perspective, learn positive coping skills, improve relationships, and gain self confidence.

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    Eric 06-09-16
    Eric 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You are pretty smart if you listen to this book"

    Why are people so crazy? Why don't they understand the simple concepts that are so easy for you? Why do you also seem crazy and dumb to them?

    This book unlocked so much knowledge about the way people think and the more you listen, the more you must identify with what is being said.

    Told in interesting anecdotes and case studies, You Are Not So Smart was captivating and memorable. I highly recommend it.

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