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What caused the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986? Why were thousands of parents wrongly accused of child sex abuse in the 1990s? Why do law courts throughout the world rely on a process that is next to useless? And why do people entrust millions of dollars each year to hedge-funds that economists agree use flawed financial models?

The answer is failure. Not just any failure; but failure of knowledge. In this gripping and controversial book, Michael Phillips outlines all the reasons we don't know what we think we do, and the devastating consequences this can have. From false memories to fraudulent experts, Phillips treads in the footsteps of Descartes to reveal why we must be more careful in what we believe and how we think. Spanning psychology, philosophy, science, and sociology, this unique exploration of why we get things wrong, and how to guard against it, is an essential read for anyone seeking to make sense of the chaotic world in which we live.

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"A magnificent book — a user's guide to one's own brain. He details the insidious tricks our brains play on us and how to guard against them. As a scientist, I found humbling, but right on target, his assessment of the sociological limitations on our search for Truth. His writing is compact, clear, and delightfully free of academic jargon." Steven N. Austad, author of Why We Age: What Science Is Discovering about the Body's Journey Through Life

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"A great book! Writing with clarity and good humour, Michael Phillips reminds me of a great philosophical collector, an Aristotle of errors, as he enthusiastically categorizes specimens of every kind of mistake, con and self-deception and describes how we can guard against them." Rick Lewis, Editor of Philosophy Now

About the Author

Michael Philips has taught philosophy for over 30 years, most recently at Portland State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Philosophy and Science Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781851685813
Subtitle:
A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions
Author:
Philips, Michael
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Truth
Subject:
Knowledge, theory of
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080627
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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Product details 312 pages Oneworld Publications - English 9781851685813 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A magnificent book — a user's guide to one's own brain. He details the insidious tricks our brains play on us and how to guard against them. As a scientist, I found humbling, but right on target, his assessment of the sociological limitations on our search for Truth. His writing is compact, clear, and delightfully free of academic jargon." Steven N. Austad, author of Why We Age: What Science Is Discovering about the Body's Journey Through Life
"Review" by , "A great book! Writing with clarity and good humour, Michael Phillips reminds me of a great philosophical collector, an Aristotle of errors, as he enthusiastically categorizes specimens of every kind of mistake, con and self-deception and describes how we can guard against them."
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