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 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 27, 2011 - Humor - 320 pages
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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. 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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User Review  - iReadby - LibraryThing

Readers Beware!!! NEVER believe a book that presents "all-or-nothing" concepts as absolute truth!! And that's exactly what David McRaney's book attempts to do. Each chapter identifies a "Misconception ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adrian Scoica - Goodreads

Reading this book is a humbling experience, and it will reveal why you should doubt your gut instinct, your logic, and the validity of how you perceive almost everything the world around you ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Introduction
Confirmation Bias
Hindsight Bias
The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy
Normalcy Bias
The Argument from Authority
The Argument from Ignorance
The Straw Man Fallacy
The Ad Hominem Fallacy
The JustWorld Fallacy
The Public Goods Game
The Ultimatum Game
Subjective Validation

The Availability Heuristic
The Bystander Effect
The DunningKruger Effect
Brand Loyalty
Cult Indoctrination
Supernormal Releasers
The Affect Heuristic

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About the author (2011)

A two-time winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, journalist David McRaney writes the blog A self-described psychology nerd, he lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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