The Knowledge Illusion

The Knowledge Illusion
Publisher Penguin
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Category Psychology
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780399184345
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“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact—and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it. The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individual-oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. The Knowledge Illusion contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the community around us.

The Knowledge Illusion
  • Author : Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14

“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen

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The Knowledge Illusion
  • Author : Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2017-04-06

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire and have stood on the moon, and yet every one of us is fundamentally ignorant, irrational and prone to making simple mistakes every day. 'In The Knowledge Illusion, the cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach hammer another

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The Knowledge Illusion
  • Author : Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach,Steven Sloman,Philip Fernbach
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2017-03-28

Human reasoning is remarkably shallow - in fact, our thinking and justifications just scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with. The ability to think may still be the greatest wonder in the world (and beyond), but the way that individuals think is less than

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Denying to the Grave
  • Author : Sara E. Gorman,Lieber Professor and Vice-Chair for Research Department of Psychiatry College of Physicians and Surgeons Jack M Gorman, M.D.
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-01

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some people keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they cannot possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science is wrong,

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Lessons from an Optical Illusion
  • Author : Edward M. Hundert
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1995

This book is a bold, modern recasting of the age-old nature-nurture debate, informed by revolutionary insights from brain science, artificial intelligence, psychiatry, linguistics, evolutionary biology, child development, ethics, and even cosmology.

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Causal Models
  • Author : Steven Sloman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-07-28

Human beings are active agents who can think. To understand how thought serves action requires understanding how people conceive of the relation between cause and effect, between action and outcome. In cognitive terms, how do people construct and reason with the causal models we use to represent our world? A

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The Enigma of Reason
  • Author : Hugo Mercier,Dan Sperber
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-17

If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their

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Not Born Yesterday
  • Author : Hugo Mercier
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28

Why people are not as gullible as we think Not Born Yesterday explains how we decide who we can trust and what we should believe—and argues that we're pretty good at making these decisions. In this lively and provocative book, Hugo Mercier demonstrates how virtually all attempts at mass

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Mind Is Flat
  • Author : Nick Chater
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-07

In a radical reinterpretation of how the mind works, an eminent behavioral scientist reveals the illusion of mental depth Psychologists and neuroscientists struggle with how best to interpret human motivation and decision making. The assumption is that below a mental “surface” of conscious awareness lies a deep and complex set

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The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-06-15

Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in

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The Optickal Illusion
  • Author : Rachel Halliburton
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2018-06-05

In this vividly fashioned debut, Rachel Halliburton draws from the sordid details of a genuine scandal that deceived the British Royal Academy to deliver a stirring tale on the elusive goal of achieving artistic renown.It is 1797 and in Georgian London, nothing is certain anymore: the future of the monarchy

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An Illusion of Thieves
  • Author : Cate Glass
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Release Date : 2019-05-21

A ragtag crew with forbidden magic must pull off an elaborate heist and stop a civil war in An Illusion of Thieves, a fantasy adventure from Cate Glass. In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence. Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord,

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Masters of Deception
  • Author : Al Seckel
  • Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2004

Celebrates the use of optical illusion in art, presenting the importance and uniqueness of such work, discussing such artists as Salvador Dalâi, M.C. Sesher, and Istvâan Orosz.

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The Death of Expertise
  • Author : Tom Nichols
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-01

Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip

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Empire of Illusion
  • Author : Chris Hedges
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2009-07-28

Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion. Chris Hedges argues that we now live in two societies: One, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from

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