Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds

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Wiley, Nov 18, 1996 - Psychology - 256 pages
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"Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." -- Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason--no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

A highly technical, slightly dry, entirely adequate supplemental read for those who have already consumed Kahneman's modern day classic. Read full review

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User Review  - Blundell - Goodreads

Very academic in style, but some good points if you persevere. Didn't like how I had to keep flicking to the back for answers, didn't flow very well. 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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