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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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    ProfGolf 06-08-16
    ProfGolf 06-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Simple but good"

    Basic overview on decision biases that summarizes quite a wide range of research in a quick read. Occasional tidbits of silly humor liven things up. And the narrator has a great time and attitude for the material. All in all, an enjoyable listen.

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    Chris Norris 06-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic, insightful and entertaining"

    Should be required reading for anyone with a brain as badly built as the human one

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    J. Kubicek 06-01-16
    J. Kubicek 06-01-16
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    "Good content, mediocre recording"

    Performance:
    - you will get to know the title quite well as it's the punchline of every chapter even though it does not fit every time
    - I was not able to listen to this outside or in public transport as it's recorded in very low pitched voice. Increasing the volume did not help as it just hurt and words were overshadowed by anything higher pitched from surroundings.
    + Don Hagen have this (often sarcastic) book fine matching tone.

    Story:
    The book hints at many interesting research topics and psychological phenomena and logical fallacies.

    All that said, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mostly anybody interested in human nature / psychology / interaction.

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    Rick Yvanovich 05-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Must be brilliant as I am not so smart"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Loved the book, gave it a 5 rating - but now unsure whether that was really me loving it and giving it a 5 rating or I have succumbed to one of the many pitfalls of a not so smart mind. Either way I feel good about reading it, feel smarter but at the same time thoroughly acknowledging I am not so smart. Brilliant!

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    Bradley Janse van Rensburg 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book, could have better narrator"

    Struggled to finish the book because the narrator was monotone. Good content though and good book.

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    Perry Richmond 04-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT BOOK AND NARRATOR"

    This is one of my favorite books. The author describes the experiments in enough detail to give you a good feel for the setting. The explanations aren't stuffy. Humor is interjected when appropriate and not in a way to add fluff to the book. The narrator is great. I own the audio and written versions.

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    Michael Encino, CA, United States 03-08-16
    Michael Encino, CA, United States 03-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye opening"

    I normally dislike self help books but this book is no ordinary every day self help book.
    This book doesn't tell you how wonderful you are but instead how bias you are.
    Truly eye-opening

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    Grace Atlanta, Georgia United States 03-05-16
    Grace Atlanta, Georgia United States 03-05-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Fascinating to learn the blindspots & assumptions"

    We are all aware of things we know we don't know (like I know I don't know how to build a dam) but this book looks at the things we thought we knew, and why we thought we knew it, as well as why we are wrong and what the truth is. As a person who has always sought to learn, some of the concepts were review but many were new to me and they made sense. That is not to say that I did not invest some time in excepting myself from the delusion only to accept the reality after all. The information is delivered in a way geared to avoid being offensive rather than informative.

    I liked that the topics were broken up since it made it easier to find a good stopping place when I had to put the story down for another priority.

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    Melville 02-25-16
    Melville 02-25-16
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    "Started out pretty funny, got tedious"

    In the beginning the examples were better because he talked about logical flaws. Later the examples were more about observational flaws, and seemed more for little kids.

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    Asaf 02-24-16
    Asaf 02-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun informative book"

    First book pick, wanted something light, fun and informative. Got what I wanted. Learned a few new things...

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