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    You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself (Hardback) By (author) David McRaney

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    DescriptionAn 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.


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    Title
    You Are Not So Smart
    Subtitle
    Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David McRaney
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781592406593
    ISBN 10: 1592406599
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    DC21: 128.3
    B&T General Subject: 460
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    DC22: 153.4
    B&T Approval Code: A23306000, A01980000
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BIC subject category V2: HPCB
    DC22: 128.3
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    BISAC V2.8: REF007000, HUM003000, PHI010000
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    B&T Approval Code: A11010000
    BISAC V2.8: PSY000000
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    LC classification: BF441 .M427 2011
    Thema V1.0: QDH, WHX
    Publisher
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Publication date
    27 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in fact, "You Are Not So Smart" is quite big-hearted."---Jason Kottke, Kottke.org