You Are Not So Smart

Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself


Author: David McRaney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545356

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 4516

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.

Exam Prep for: You Are Not So Smart Why You Have Too Many ...


Author: David Mason

Publisher: Rico Publications


Category: Education

Page: 800

View: 5658

Political science is a social science which deals with systems of governance, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts, and political behavior. This book provides over 2,000 Exam Prep questions and answers to accompany the text You Are Not So Smart Why You Have Too Many ... Items include highly probable exam items: Martin Luther, Political Parties, United States, Insurance, Pragmatism, Minutes, Senate, prime minister, John Locke, Party system, North Korea, Intelligence agency, and more.

We Are Not Very Smart

The Most Important Book You Will Ever Read


Author: John Erickson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595413056

Category: Philosophy

Page: 124

View: 3345

If you study the works of various authors from throughout human history, you will gradually notice something peculiar that they all have in common. No matter what time period a particular work comes from, they all reflect the same level of certainty and conviction in their message. Our ancestors did not write "Well, gee, I dunno. Maybe the Earth is at the center of the universe, but we really aren't too sure." They were absolute in their belief that the Earth was at the center of the universe and if anyone said otherwise, that person was often punished; sometimes severely. If you think about it, the fact that our ancestors showed so much confidence in their ideas is really quite amazing. After all, they used to believe in some ideas that look pretty foolish to us today. At one time or another many of them believed that the Earth is flat; that the universe is made of only four elements; that draining blood can help heal the sick; that powered flight is impossible; etc. How is this possible? How could people with such a limited concept of reality be so confident in their ideas? Even more importantly, what does this tell us about our ideas today?

If You're So Smart

The Narrative of Economic Expertise


Author: Deirdre N. McCloskey

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226556703

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 180

View: 6623

In this witty, accessible, and revealing book, Deirdre McCloskey demystifies economic theory and practice to show that behind the economists claim to certainty is the ancient art of storytelling. If You're So Smart will engage, enlighten, and empower anyone trying to evaluate the experts who stand ready to engineer our lives. "Writing with delicious wit and great seriousness."—Publishers Weekly. " "McCloskey is more interesting on an uninspired day than most of her peers can manage at their very best."—Peter Passell, New York Times

You Are Now Less Dumb

How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself


Author: David McRaney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101621788

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 3279

The author of the bestselling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, and gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their not-so-smart brains David McRaney’s first book, You Are Not So Smart, evolved from his wildly popular blog of the same name. A mix of popular psychology and trivia, McRaney’s insights have struck a chord with thousands, and his blog--and now podcasts and videos--have become an Internet phenomenon. Like You Are Not So Smart, You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality--except we’re not. But that’s okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of fifteen more ways we fool ourselves every day, including: The Misattribution of Arousal (Environmental factors have a greater affect on our emotional arousal than the person right in front of us) Sunk Cost Fallacy (We will engage in something we don’t enjoy just to make the time or money already invested “worth it”) Deindividuation (Despite our best intentions, we practically disappear when subsumed by a mob mentality) McRaney also reveals the true price of happiness, why Benjamin Franklin was such a badass, and how to avoid falling for our own lies. This smart and highly entertaining book will be wowing readers for years to come.

Smart Mice, Not So Smart People

An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics


Author: Arthur L. Caplan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1461734053

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 436

What do you think about cloning, stem cell research, brain enhancement, or doing experiments on newly dead patients? Read Smart Mice, Not so Smart People and you'll know what Art Caplan thinks. But this assortment of pithy, provocative opinions on all things bioethical does more than simply give you a piece of the author's mind—it also invites and even dares you to make up your own mind. In his typical style, Caplan—one of the most sought-after bioethicists of our time—provokes discussion on issues at the center of the new genetics, cloning in the laboratory and in the media, stem cell research, experiments on human subjects, blood donation and organ transplantation, and healthcare delivery. Are new developments in these areas good or bad? As an engaged citizen in a democratic society, it is your responsibility to decide. This book will help you do it.

Legacy of the Vampire


Author: Philip M. LaVoie

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595795749

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

View: 1899

An ancient being, deriving from an ancient land. Born a servant of evil, he now exists among us with his true self safely anonymous. But a stranger is about to awaken a nightmare long thought banished, a demonic force of unspeakable power that has not walked the Earth for three millennia. If unleashed, it shall face little resistance conquering a world unprepared to fight such a creature. This former slave must stop the unknown foe from completing his plans, with the help of a handful of humans the same life forms he was once sworn to destroy. If he fails, not only shall the face of the land be overtaken by this demon's vampire hordes, but he will revert back into the mindless golem of his past. The final conflict will take place not in the land of its primeval Grecian origin, but across the oceans, within a modern city where humans and immortals will clash for the future of all mankind.

Is Islam or Mexico the Small Nation That’S Suppose to Rise from the East?


Author: Natasha Alcantar

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462884881

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 114

View: 5138

This book in particular was written in dedication to my childrens father. We have been struggling for about five and a half years. I mean we are barely hanging on with our five children that we have together. When it comes down to whats going on in the world here today it really do concerns me. I love my family and I want us to keep on keeping on. My husband name is Miguel, and my name is Natasha. My children are Bruce, Crissy, Natasha, Oliver. And last but not least my last son is named Alfonso, we used an s instead of a z. The clothes were designed by my sister Montoria Mays and my niece Rena true. The base coat was put down from them, the clothing were finished by me. Thanks guys!

Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug


Author: Ida Walker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1422293033

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 9919

It seemed like an easy answer. If a child was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—ADHD—give him Ritalin and all would be better. The answer—and the condition—turned out not to be that easy. Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug provides an overview of ADHD and the drug most often prescribed to treat the condition. This book provides you with a description of other drugs like Ritalin and their effects, good and bad. You will also learn about ADHD and the controversy surrounding its diagnosis and treatment. But Ritalin and other drugs like it have moved out of the classroom and away from their legitimate uses in treating a medical condition. College students and young professionals are now using the drugs to gain that "extra edge" to achieve success. Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug tells their stories as well. You will also discover how Ritalin abuse is being effectively treated.

The Tip Book

18 Pearls of Wisdom for Judicial Law Clerks


Author: Yaida O. Ford

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449098983

Category: Law

Page: 28

View: 7752

The TIP book will arm potential law clerks with the valuable information they need prior to pursuing or beginning a clerkship. The book answers all of the conceivable questions a potential law clerk should ask including: How do I decide whether a clerkship is right for me? Which type of clerkship should I apply for and does it matter? What are the demands that come along with serving as a law clerk? How do I establish a strong relationship with a judge?