You Are Not So Smart

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.

Author: David McRaney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545356

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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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.

Hearings

Did Hoffa relate this to you, that he was going to get him sent out of the State? Mr.
SCOTT. He said ... Well, it came up a couple Of nights later Jimmie called me
about 11 o'clock, and he said, “You are not so damn smart,” and hung up on me.

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Investigation of Improper Activities in the Labor Or Management Field

The fellow had not gotten the liquor license ! Mr. Scott . No ; he did not . Mr.
KENNEDY . So Hoffa called you up and said what ? Mr. Scott . That I am not so
damn smart . I called him back and said , “ You are not so smart , either . Your
man did ...

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The Epworth Herald

Oh , den , you are not so very smart after all . I ask “ Not a great profit , ” said
Greeley , after some reflection . A Touch of Sympathy . anoder question . I saw in
John Smit's clover patch , de “ You see I had the hay cured and got it into the barn
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Hearings

The fellow had not gotten the liquor license ? Mr. Scott . No ; he did not . Mr.
KENNEDY . So Hoffa called you up and said what ? Mr. Scott . That I am not so
damn smart . I called him back and said , “ You are not so smart , either . Your
man did ...

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Frank Leslie s Sunday Magazine

there nothing in this to make ashamed those fine churches So they made the
appointment , and everybody was there . in Brooklyn , in New York , in ... THE
holiest of all holidays are those “ Oh , then you are not so very smart after all . I
ask Kept ...

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Includes music.


Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York

Q. And those who are not so intelligent? A. They are put under what are called, in
a laughable way, the trained nurses. Q. Under the trained nurses — or untrained,
actually? A. They are untrained; they call them the Latin scholars. Q. The what?

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The Lady s Home Magazine of Literature Art and Fashion

Wheu the worthy man's cough was a little quieted, the Duke said : " Will you
explain to me, Pietro, how my honor happens to ... "Well, you are not half so smart
as yon ought to be, considering that you know how to build palaces, and
construct ...

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Building Basic Skills in Writing

She is not sick . ( She isn ' t sick . She ' s not sick . ) 2 . They are not here . ( They '
re not here . They aren ' t here . ) 3 . ... I am not afraid . ( I ' m not afraid . ) 8 . He is
not so smart . ( He isn ' t so smart . He ' s not so smart . ) 9 . You are not so bad .

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Contemporary's seven-book series is a comprehensive instructional program for adult learners and pre-high school skill levels. The series develops solid skill foundations needed by learners who may go on to prepare for the high school equivalency examination.Building Basic Skills is ideal for individualized or group instruction. Each worktext has clear, simple directions and easy-to-follow skill progressions for the learner working in a self-paced program. Each book provides everything the learner needs to master the basic skills.

United States Congressional serial set

It was because he and his wife did not agree well , so it was said in the
neighborhood . He was pretty bad to drink . Question . He was at your house that
night ? dnswer . Yes , sir . Question . What did he say ? Answer . He said right
smart , but I ...

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Medical Temperance Journal

I mean that they are all equally intelligent ; but they are not all placed in positions
of equal responsibility ; and my ... I am speaking off book , but I believe I hold not
very many fewer than 8oo inquests in the year , and I also know that very nearly ...

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Janice LaRouche s Strategies for Women at Work

If you ' re not supposed to be on stage at all , the moment you walk on , you feel
like you are upstaging everyone else . ... The temptation may exist to play
yourself down - to pretend that you are not so smart , and not in such a good
position - in ...

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Advises career women about creating the right image, developing the correct attitudes, and dealing with superiors

Types of Drama

That is what you are doing ! SHAWN EARLY . Take comfort now , Mrs. Fallon .
The police are not so smart as they think . Sure he might give them the slip yet ,
the same as Lynchehaun . MRS . TULLY . If they do get him , and if they do put a
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Author: Sylvan Barnet

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The seventh edition of Types of Drama provides a complete course in drama in an easily portable book. This text offers a full range of plays from ancient Greece to the present, along with an introductory chapter on how to read plays; biographical notes for each dramatist; introductory comments for each play; topics for critical thinking and writing for each play; critical contexts (for instance, interviews with the authors) for fourteen plays; stage histories for most plays, often including reviews or interviews with directors; five photo-essays: "The Language of Drama"; "Ancient Greek Drama Today"; "Staging Shakespeare Today"; "African Americans on the Stage"; and "Representations of Gender in the Theater"; eleven short historical essays, such as "A Note on Hispanic-American Theater" and "A Note on Women's Theater"; and a substantial glossary of dramatic terms.

An Iron Crown

The country itself is pretty enough , but the people are not so interesting as in the
city . They are not so intelligent , and have to talk mostly about the crops and the
stock . ” “ City people are not all intelligent , May . " « Oh , I know that , but many ...

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Introductory Studies in Literature

That is what you are doing ! Shawn Early . Take comfort now , Mrs . Fallon . The
police are not so smart as they think . Sure he might give them the slip yet , the
same as Lynchehaun . Mrs . Tully . If they do get him , and if they do put a rope ...

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Selected plays chose and introduced by Elizabeth Coxhead

That is what you are doing! Shawn Early: Take comfort now, Mrs Fallon. The
police are not so smart as they think. Sure he might give them the slip yet, the
same as Lynchehaun.* Mrs Tully: If they do get him, and if they do put a rope
around his ...

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Daily Report West Europe

So at the beginning I started talking in terms of a Northern Republic and about
the possibility of splitting Italy in two . That was carefully calculated . I knew that
the other parties are not very smart . I knew that they would attack me and that , in
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We Are Not Very Smart

It must get the members of the group to look at the world from a similar
perspective so that they will develop a similar sense of meaning in the symbols
utilized by the group to convey its ideology. If the socialization process is not able
to do so, ...

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ISBN: 0595413056

Category: Philosophy

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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?

You Are Now Less Dumb

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.

Author: David McRaney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101621788

Category: Self-Help

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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.