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How We Know What Isn't So

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Thomas Gilovich offers a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life.

When can we trust what we believe—that "teams and players have winning streaks," that "flattery works," or that "the more people who agree, the more likely they are to be right"—and when are such beliefs suspect? Thomas Gilovich offers a guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life. Illustrating his points with examples, and supporting them with the latest research findings, he documents the cognitive, social, and motivational processes that distort our thoughts, beliefs, judgments and decisions. In a rapidly changing world, the biases and stereotypes that help us process an overload of complex information inevitably distort what we would like to believe is reality. Awareness of our propensity to make these systematic errors, Gilovich argues, is the first step to more effective analysis and action.

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Discusses the processes through which we become convinced of the validity of questionable or false beliefs such as special psychological powers and New Age health practices.

Synopsis:

Gilovich illustrates his points with vivid examples and supports them with the latest research findings in a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life.

About the Author

Thomas Gilovich is a professor of psychology at Cornell University and author of How We Know What Isn't So. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780029117064
Author:
Gilovich, Thomas
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Personality
Subject:
Critical thinking
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Judgment
Subject:
Evidence
Subject:
Reason
Subject:
Reasoning (psychology)
Subject:
Error
Subject:
Fallacies
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 1740, Rev.
Publication Date:
March 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 8.575 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Discusses the processes through which we become convinced of the validity of questionable or false beliefs such as special psychological powers and New Age health practices.
"Synopsis" by , Gilovich illustrates his points with vivid examples and supports them with the latest research findings in a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life.

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