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You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction…

by David Mcraney

Gotham Book Mart | August 27, 2014 | Hardcover

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, And 46 Other Ways You is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you''re as deluded as the rest of us. But that''s OK- delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It''s like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.

Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:

  • Dunbar''s Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends.
  • Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along.
  • Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions.
  • Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

    Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, You Are Not So Smart is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.75 × 5.29 × 1.12 in

Published: August 27, 2014

Publisher: Gotham Book Mart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592406599

ISBN - 13: 9781592406593

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and Innovative I'm the type who loves finding new and interesting blogs to read. One day, I stumbled upon youarenotsosmart.com, and I knew I was in love. After reading several articles on McRaney's blog, I decided I should go out and buy the book. Oddly enough, it was in the humour section. I feel like it should really be in some kind of psychology section. I'm a senior this year, and have made the decision to study the field of psychology in post-secondary studies. This book was absolutely perfect as an introduction; it didn't get overly in-depth, but it explained concepts and experiments commonly talked of in the psych-world. In fact, in my senior psychology class, several of the fallacies mentioned have been brought up. McRaney has opened up my mind to common delusion and misconception of the human mind. It's like I know all of the little secrets to my brain now, so I can prevent my own delusion to some extent now that I've completed this book. Even if you're not interested in psychology, this one is a must read for everyone. It's big, fulfilling, and informative. It's time for you to discover how you really aren't so smart as you thought.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction…

by David Mcraney

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.75 × 5.29 × 1.12 in

Published: August 27, 2014

Publisher: Gotham Book Mart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592406599

ISBN - 13: 9781592406593

About the Book

You Are Not So Smart" is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Collecting more than 60 of the lies people tell themselves every day, McRaney has produced a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn minds inside out. 30,000 print.

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An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you''re as deluded as the rest of us. But that''s OK- delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It''s like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.

Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:

  • Dunbar''s Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends.
  • Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along.
  • Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions.
  • Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

    Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, You Are Not So Smart is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney''s mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." -David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now
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