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Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds

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Publisher Comments:

Writing with all the wit and charm that have made his books international best-sellers, Piattelli-Palmarini explores the full range of cognitive illusions. From the perils of "probability blindness" to the smoke and mirrors of "magical thinking" and the perplexing twists and turns of the "seven deadly mental sins", he guides us on a sweeping tour of these fascinating discoveries. Through amusing and engaging examples, he allows us to see exactly where we go wrong and why we are so often ready to bet not just money, but even our lives and the lives of others, on our false conclusions. Taking us on a delightful intellectual adventure, Piattelli-Palmarini probes some of the most intriguing and significant new findings about the mysteries of the human mind and reveals how we can consciously protect ourselves from the deceptive short-cuts and flaws in logic that rule our thoughts.

Synopsis:

"Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason--no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

Synopsis:

"Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason--no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-236) and index.

Table of Contents

Cognitive Illusions.

Our Spontaneous Intuitions: Angels or Demons?.

A Brief Speleology of the Mind: An Easy Tunnel.

Probability Illusions.

Calculating the Unknown, or Bayes' Law.

The Fallacy of Near Certainty.

The Seven Deadly Sins.

How to Emerge from the Tunnel of Pessimism.

The Principle of Identity and the Psychology of Typicality.

A (Rationally) Optimistic Conclusion.

A Super-Tunnel.

Appendices.

Tunnel Exits.

Sources.

Suggested Reading.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471581260
Subtitle:
How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds
Translator:
Botsford, Keith
Author:
Piattelli-Palmarini, Massimo
Author:
Botsford, Keith
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Reasoning (psychology)
Subject:
Illusion
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
General & Introductory Life Sciences
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2630
Publication Date:
October 1994
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
243 x 161 x 23 mm 21 oz

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Product details 256 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780471581260 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason--no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

"Synopsis" by , "Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason--no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

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