The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris

Narrated By: Dan Woren

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2010

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

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.

Genres:

  • Johnny Wachter

    Just like most people that have read this book, I found it to be absolutely brilliant!

Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

by Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris
Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris
This title is due for release on May 18, 2010.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.com. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris
This title is due for release on May 18, 2010
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, Daniel Simons, Christopher Chabris

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.