How We Know What Isn't So

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Free Press, Mar 5, 1993 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Thomas Gilovich offers a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life.

When can we trust what we believe—that "teams and players have winning streaks," that "flattery works," or that "the more people who agree, the more likely they are to be right"—and when are such beliefs suspect? Thomas Gilovich offers a guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life. Illustrating his points with examples, and supporting them with the latest research findings, he documents the cognitive, social, and motivational processes that distort our thoughts, beliefs, judgments and decisions. In a rapidly changing world, the biases and stereotypes that help us process an overload of complex information inevitably distort what we would like to believe is reality. Awareness of our propensity to make these systematic errors, Gilovich argues, is the first step to more effective analysis and action.

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Review: How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

User Review  - Jake Losh - Goodreads

The introductory chapter motivates the premise of the book with several practical examples (most of which I'd never heard before) of questionable beliefs. Although Gilovich does address why we should ... Read full review

Review: How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

User Review  - Ingibjorg Bjorgvinsdottir - Goodreads

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is very much like this book and a little better because you have a lot of examples of bad science that has got very far in the media. If this book had a little more details and some examples on how people get the wrong idea about things it would be more readable. Read full review

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Thomas Gilovich is a professor of psychology at Cornell University and author of The Wisest One in the Room, How We Know What Isn’t So, Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes, and Social Psychology. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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