You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself Hardcover – Oct 27 2011
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"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart-yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us. It turns out we're much more irrational than most of us think, so give yourself every advantage you can and read this book." — Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit.com
"You Are Not So Smart is the go-to blog for understanding why we all do silly things." — Lifehacker.com
"You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in fact, You Are Not So Smart is quite big-hearted." — Jason Kottke, Kottke.org
"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
About the Author
A two-time winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, journalist David McRaney writes the blog youarenotsosmart.com. A self-described psychology nerd, he lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
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"You Are Not So Smart" provides a tour of some of the major findings in the field of psychology aimed at pointing out the self-delusions most of us harbour but don't notice. McRaney divides the book into 47 short, easy-to-read and engaging chapters in which he proves that, even in a state of deep introspection, humans "miss many influences, accumulating on [our] persona[e], like barnacles on the side of a ship.'
Despite a couple of duds, McRaney succeeds at keeping his reader's attention throughout a book that could easily have become boring half way through. He adopts a friendly, casual style, much like Neil Pasricha in "The Book of Awesome" but provides well-researched, intelligent evidence to support his claims. But one question remains unanswered: how do we combat natural human tendency and actually become "smarter"?
The only people who wouldn't enjoy it are the illiterate or people already very highly educated in the field. It's clearly written and easily absorbed.
That's not to say that it's without its merit; however, depending on how curious you are about the topic of human intelligence, you may or may not find this interesting. I did not find anything of great insight, although, like others have said it is written in clear, concise language.
But I believe a book should offer something new, rather than rehashing old ideas of which there were many. The Dunning Kruger Effect for example, the bystander effect, overestimating one's own abilities, etc. Most of what you get here is comprised of pop psychology, and there is no real concrete evidence to back up claims, only examples that have an obvious bias. That said it may be of great interest to you. If this is not a topic you've already delved into, or you are not an introvert, it may serves ideas that could possibly spark your imagination.
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Everybody should read this book. The language is clear and the content is relevant. The book lives up to its promise.Published on May 28 2013 by Filomena Smith
Thank you David McRaney. It's about time some people snapped out of their comfortable, coffee-fueled delusions of control and mastery. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2012 by GEOPUBLIC
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