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The Invisible Gorilla Audiobook

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

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Publisher's Summary

Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and that's a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don't work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we're actually missing a whole lot.

Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain:

  • Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail
  • How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it
  • Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes
  • What criminals have in common with chess masters
  • Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback
  • Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters

The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but its much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time.

©2010 Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"From courtrooms to bedrooms to boardrooms, this fascinating book shows how psychological illusions bedevil every aspect of our public and private lives. An owner's manual for the human mind!" (Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and New York Times best-selling author of Stumbling Upon Happiness)

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    Jami Browns Mills, NJ, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Will Make you Rethink EVERYTHING"

    This book has done something few books have done for me before - as soon as I had finished a chapter, I thought, "This was the best, most thought-provoking chapter in the book." Then as soon as I had finished the NEXT chapter, I thought the same thing.

    The extent of the authors' research, clear and compelling explanations and real-world examples of the experiences they call "The Illusion of Memory", "The Illusion of Knowledge" and "The Illusion of Cause" has really made me stop and deliberately apply their criteria to many aspects of my life - my memories of events, news stories, urban legends, "expert studies" and the things people say to me, among others. If you're interested in being a student of the truth and having culturally imposed and evolution-based blinders stripped from your eyes, I can't imagine a better point of reference than this.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 08-20-10
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    "Interesting"

    It makes you think about simple things like remembering something. I considered to buy it as a book, just to be able to get back to some of these ideas.

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    J from NJ WEST PARK, NJ USA 09-15-10
    J from NJ WEST PARK, NJ USA 09-15-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "An interesting way to look at life"

    An interesting way to look at life and question the way we think and why

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    Gustavo A. Martinez 07-14-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Had Higher Expectations"

    Don't get me wrong, the book is interesting. It presents a series of interesting ideas on how our minds perceive situations, experiences and our own selves. To do so, it uses a lot and I mean A LOT of examples to illustrate these ideas over and over and over and over again, so I'm betting you'll get the points they're trying to make.

    I would suggest learning about these ideas to anyone, it's useful to know them and understand them, though after an over-explained lecture on them I would say the easiest way to simplify the book is to say "Our mind sometimes(often) deceive us".
    So, in summary, if you have the time to learn about these ideas it would be an interesting investment for your self-awareness.

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    rekram29 05-02-17
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    "very insightful"

    Contains insights into human cognition, and the scientific method in general, that I found very beneficial.

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    Nick 03-29-17
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    "wonderfully insightful"

    gained a huge amount of inside of different studies regarding people's misperception of their own abilities. it was great hearing a lot of reinforcements of my own thoughts!

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    "epiphany after epiphany"

    the book was amazing it really opened my eyes to a lot of generalizations are conclusive that I draw that were incorrect and causing problems not only in my personal life but also in my business. Shared the book with few friends and they all loved it. Great job worth the read or listen

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    "Informative and Good for L. E. Memory"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, This book helps understand the human capacity for memory and its relevance to court room testimony. Even when you consider it from the perspective of interviewing witnesses, victims, suspects, or police officer having this understanding of memory will help with decisions that are based upon accounts from potential witnesses.


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The information is very informative and it would be difficult to listen to but Dan does a good job of providing the information where he is easier to listen to than most if they had to deliver the same material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Brain Games would be very similar to this book.


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    S. Burrell 03-17-16
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    "Fascinating"

    It's amazing how our minds deceive us! Other than being a bit repetitive at times, this was a great book. It generated good discussion at our book club. The narration lacked some expression, but it was ok since this is nonfiction. Great listen on my commute.

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    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16
    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book on human intuition."

    Great book on the fallacies or illusions that we have everyday. You'll be able to spot some of these.

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