Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 18, 1996 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Writing with all the wit and charm that have made his books international best-sellers, Piattelli-Palmarini explores the full range of cognitive illusions. From the perils of "probability blindness" to the smoke and mirrors of "magical thinking" and the perplexing twists and turns of the "seven deadly mental sins," he guides us on a sweeping tour of these fascinating discoveries. Through amusing and engaging examples, he allows us to see exactly where we go wrong and why we are so often ready to bet not just money, but even our lives and the lives of others, on our false conclusions. Taking us on a delightful intellectual adventure, Piattelli-Palmarini probes some of the most intriguing and significant new findings about the mysteries of the human mind and reveals how we can consciously protect ourselves from the deceptive short-cuts and flaws in logic that rule our thoughts.

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My first-ever foray into the world of cognitive psychology. I've read the book every year since it was published nearly 20 years ago: its messages are as thought-provoking - and perhaps just as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book as a quick refresher, though Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" was much better. I have to knock down one star when I consider that there is a rushed quality to the book, and that this quality degrades clarity and precision on a topic that calls for it. Read full review


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MASSIMO PIATTELLI-PALMARINI, Ph.D., is a Principal Research Associate of the Center for Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Director of the Department of Cognitive Science at the Institute of San Raffaele in Milan, Italy. His books The Will to Study and the Italian edition of Inevitable Illusions were international bestsellers.

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