Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected?
You need some Quirkology in your life.
While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier.
How does your surname influence your life?
What does the way you walk reveal about your personality?
Why should women have men write their personal ads?
What is the funniest joke in the world?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Devil_llama - LibraryThing
An amusing look at some of the stranger science, where scientists study things that are, well, quirky. Does country music have a high correlation with suicide? How fast do people walk in different ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cat-ballou - LibraryThing
Very similar to Freakonomics & to Sway. All are interesting & accessible reads about scientific (sometimes scientificish) concepts & theories. I find this one slightly less well-done than the others, but only slightly. Read full review