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Author Topic: You are Not So Smart: A Celebration of Delusion and the Anchoring Effect  (Read 3860 times)
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« on: July 28, 2010, 09:20:51 AM »

This is a nice blog where the author writes on psychological issues relating to irrational thinking..

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You Are Not So Smart is a blog devoted to self delusion and irrational thinking.  There‚Äôs a lot of research out there suggesting you have no idea why you act or think the way you do.
It feels awful to accept such things, so you create narratives to explain your own feelings and behavior...The author, David McRaney, is not a psychologist or an economist. He is a journalist writing about what those super-smart and hard-working people are discovering on these topics and doing his best to translate it for the rest of us.



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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 10:04:48 AM »

I have just read and thoroughly enjoyed Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland, in which he covers the anchoring effect, and numerous other ways in which we succumb to irrational thinking.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 10:31:17 AM »

ooh, i love this kind of thing. nice to understand why i'm not the perfect human being i'm meant to be - no matter how little i try  smiley

i'm currently reading Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink http://www.amazon.com/Min...-Than-Think/dp/0553804340 which explains, pretty much, everything you needed to know about the psychology of eating. it's not a diet book.


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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 10:45:32 AM »

Great find Mouser! I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 12:02:58 PM »

mouser, thanks for the pointer!

It's nice to see someone expound on the principles by which I live.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 04:38:04 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 04:42:01 PM »

I love this website. Thmbsup This is my favorite post.
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 05:45:46 PM »

I love this website. Thmbsup This is my favorite post.


The last line there sums it up nicely:

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Also, keep it in mind the next time you get into a debate online or argument with a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife ‚Äď the other person really does think they were never wrong, and so do you.
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Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2010, 06:15:42 PM »

So this explains why people pay five prices for Apple's heroin, er, products!
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 08:45:52 PM »

So this explains why people pay five prices for Apple's heroin, er, products!

Actually, there's a difference there that makes people buy in droves. It's more like this...

Stop being a wannabe loser and join the cool kidz today by getting your NEW iWhatever today for the incredible price of not $599.00, not even $999.00, but for the amazing price of only $2,999.00! We'll even include a $4,999.00 tag so you can brag!

Or something like that. tongue
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2010, 09:46:15 PM »

I was reading a somewhat recent article in a print magazine about iPhone making inroads into the enterprise, at the expense of Blackberry and shaking my head about how the article was sounding like the 'cool kidz' you describe.
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