Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 24, 2010 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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Our species, it appears, is hardwired to get things wrong in a staggering variety of ways. Why did recipients of a loan offer accept a higher interest rate when a pretty woman's face was printed on the flyer? Why did one poll on immigration find that the most despised foreigners were from a group that did not exist? Why does giving someone power make them more likely to chew with their mouth open and pick their nose? And why is your sister going out with that biker dude?
In fact, our cognitive, logical, and romantic failures may be a fair price to pay for our extraordinary success as a species-they are the necessary cost of our adaptability. Bozo Sapiens swoops effortlessly across neurochemistry, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology (among other disciplines) to answer with clarity and wit the questions above-and larger ones about what it means to be human.

 

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Such a good book - but it could have been much better. The book considers the intersection of perception, evolution, social organisation and humanity. There is some of the stuff here from Daniel ... Read full review

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User Review  - diovival - LibraryThing

I received this book for free via the Goodreads First Reads program. Bozo Sapiens was surprisingly dense, but don't let that discourage you! I found it both interesting and engaging. The authors ... Read full review

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Michael Kaplan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, and co-author with Ellen Kaplan of Chances Are... and Bozo Sapiens. Ellen Kaplan has taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. With her husband, Robert, she wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son, Michael Kaplan.

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