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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 - David McRaney
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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An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.  Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic.... show more
An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.  Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart. You’re just as deluded as the rest of us—but that’s okay, because being deluded is part of being human. Growing out of David McRaney’s popular blog, You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren’t true. Each short chapter—covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency—is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out. Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781592407361 (1592407366)
ASIN: 1592407366
Publisher: Gotham
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony rated it
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We think we're really smart, that we are much better than the stupid people around us, but in reality, our brains take shortcuts to make situations easier for us to handle. This book divulges 48 ways that show we aren't really all that smart.This isn't so much a full review as just my brief impress...
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4.0 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
This was a really interesting and fun book. Basically, everything you know about yourself and how your mind works is wrong. McRaney breaks down all sorts of assumptions and shortcuts. It's accessible, it's amusing, it's sobering and hard to hold on to. Highly recommended.
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