The Knowledge Illusion

The Knowledge Illusion
Publisher Penguin
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Category Psychology
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780399184345
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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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 A. Sloman,Philip Fernbach
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017

"Two cognitive scientists explain how the human brain relies on the communal nature of intelligence and knowledge, constantly gathering information and expertise stored outside our mind and bodies, to overcome its shortcomings of being error prone, irrational and often ignorant, "--NoveList.

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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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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 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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The Memory Illusion
  • Author : Julia Shaw
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13

Forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw reveals why we are all unreliable narrators of our own life stories. Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And

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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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The Happiness Illusion
  • Author : Luke Hockley,Nadi Fadina
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-06-19

The West has never been more affluent yet the use of anti-depressants is on the increase to the extent that the World Health Organisation has declared it a major source of concern. How has this state of affairs come about and what can be done? Television and advertising media seem

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The Self Illusion
  • Author : Bruce Hood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-05-23

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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The Illusion of Invincibility
  • Author : Paul Williams,Andreas Krebs
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Release Date : 2019-11-19

A Glimpse Behind the Facade of Success In The Illusion of Invincibility, Paul Williams and Andreas Krebs take a no-punches-held look at the stories we tell ourselves about business success. The rags-to-riches tale is tempting, but we don’t have to search far to see that most organizations rise for

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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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The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Author : Rolf Dobelli
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-05-06

Have you ever . . . Invested time in something that, in hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Paid too much in an eBay auction? Continued to do something you knew was bad for you? Sold stocks too late, or too early? Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances? Backed the

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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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