Why We Make Mistakes

Why We Make Mistakes : How We Look without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and are All Pretty Sure We are Way Above Average

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We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think weÂd be happier if we lived in California (we wouldnÂt), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldnÂt). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better?

We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure weÂre way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human errorÂhow we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes.

In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patternsÂbut overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists missÂand why you canÂt find the beer in your refrigerator.

Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life storiesÂof weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jailÂand offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where youÂve hidden something important. YouÂll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women donÂt, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (itÂs not).

Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakesÂand have you vowing to do better the next time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 283 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, map.
  • 0767928059
  • 9780767928052
  • 1,163,600

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