• 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

    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 (Paperback) By (author) David McRaney

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    DescriptionAn entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name. Whether you're deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here's the truth: You are not so smart. You're just as deluded as the rest of us--but that's okay, because being deluded is part of being human. Growing out of David McRaney's popular blog, "You Are Not So Smart" reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren't true. Each short chapter--covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency--is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out. Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, "You Are Not So Smart" is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.


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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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 303
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781592407361
    ISBN 10: 1592407366
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    DC21: 128.3
    B&T General Subject: 460
    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
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HUM003000, PHI010000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A11010000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BF441 .M427 2012
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Publication date
    06 November 2012
    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
    "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--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything"