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The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Usby Christopher Chabris
Synopses & Reviews
Packed with evidence from hundreds of scientific experiments, it's a persuasive, surprising and even amusing book that will have you rethinking the way you think you see the world ...--Fort Worth Star Telegram
Engaging and humane...THE INVISIBLE GORILLA just might teach us to be more humble, understanding and forgiving.—New York Times
As a thoughtful introduction to a captivating discipline, the book succeeds wonderfully... readers who heed the admonitions of Chabris and Simons may be rewarded with a clearer view of the world.- Wall Street Journal
Thought-provoking, entertaining, educational and sobering, this book is a must read for those honest enough to realize they don't or can't, know it all.—El Paso Times
Though Chabris and Simons threaten to pull the rug of reality itself from under us, their fascinating experiments and well-chosen examples keep our feet on the ground, perhaps even more than before.- SEED Magazine
If the authors make you second-guess yourself 10 times today, they've done their job.—Psychology Today
THE INVISIBLE GORILLA is a humbling journey into the fallibility of our thinking ... Chabris and Simons deliver a persuasive warning that intuition often fails us ... it should be required for anyone convinced of the truth of such intuitive beliefs as the accuracy of eyewitness accounts of important events, the cause-and-effect relationship between vaccinations and autism, and the role of Mozart's music in making babies smarter.--Minneapolis Star Tribune
THE INVISIBLE GORILLA is filled with fascinating and revealing experiments that call into question assumptions we have about our mental abilities and those of others...a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand how the mind works.- Associated Press
The illusion of attention is one of the most important, surprising, and least known flaws in human thinking. This lucid book examines it in detail. — Nassim N. Taleb, author of THE BLACK SWAN
An] engaging treatise on how our intuitions often lead us astray...Illustrated with eye-opening, often humorous examples. - Booklist
A fascinating look at little-known illusions that greatly affect our daily lives… THE INVISIBLE GORILLA] offers surprising insights into just how clueless we are about how our minds work and how we experience the world.--Kirkus Reviews
Full of humor and insight, this book is enlightening and entertaining ... Readers beware: your perception of everyday occurrences will be forever altered.--Library Journal
Entertaining and illuminating ... We all have incredible confidence in the accuracy of our senses, and the tales they tell us about the world we live in. Through clever experiments and captivating stories, THE INVISIBLE GORILLA shows that our confidence is misplaced. This book is a surprising guide to everyday illusions and the trouble they can steer us into.--Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL
From courtrooms to bedrooms to boardrooms, this fascinating book shows how psychological illusions bedevil every aspect of our public and private lives. An owner's manual for the human mind --Daniel Gilbert, Professor o
The Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology-winning creators of the famous "gorilla experiment" that demonstrated people's inattention to obvious facts draw on hundreds of creative experiments to whimsically reveal how the human race overrates its mental capacity.
Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself—and that’s a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.
Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain:
• Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail
• How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it
• Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes
• What criminals have in common with chess masters
• Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback
• Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters
Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions. We write traffic laws and build criminal cases on the assumption that people will notice when something unusual happens right in front of them. We’re sure we know where we were on 9/11, falsely believing that vivid memories are seared into our minds with perfect fidelity. And as a society, we spend billions on devices to train our brains because we’re continually tempted by the lure of quick fixes and effortless self-improvement.
The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it’s much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER CHABRISand DANIEL SIMONSare cognitive psychologists who have each received accolades for their research on a wide range of topics. Their “Gorillas in Our Midst” study reveals the dark side of our ability to pay attention and has quickly become one of the best-known experiments in all of psychology; it inspired a stage play and was even discussed by characters on C.S.I. Chabris, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, is a psychology professor at Union College in New York. Simons, who received his Ph.D. from Cornell, is a psychology professor at the University of Illinois.
Table of Contents
Everyday illusions — "I think I would have seen that" — The coach who choked — What smart chess players and stupid criminals have in common — Should you be more like a weather forecaster or a hedge fund manager? — Jumping to conclusions — Get smart quick! — The myth of intuition.
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