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The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone



“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker

We all think we know more than we actually do.

 
Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental…

The Knowledge Illusion

ISBN 10 : 9780399184345
ISBN 13 : 0399184341

“The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we a..


The Knowledge Illusion

ISBN 10 : 9781509811052
ISBN 13 : 1509811052

Human reasoning is remarkably shallow - in fact, our thinking and justifications just scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with. The ability to think ma..


The Knowledge Illusion

ISBN 10 : 9780399184352
ISBN 13 : 039918435X

"The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom." --Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actual..


The Enigma Of Reason

ISBN 10 : 9780674368309
ISBN 13 : 0674368304

If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that..


Denying To The Grave

ISBN 10 : 9780199396603
ISBN 13 : 0199396604

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some people keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use ant..


Why Time Flies

ISBN 10 : 9781416540274
ISBN 13 : 141654027X

“[Why Time Flies] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature o..


Collective Wisdom

ISBN 10 : 9781107010338
ISBN 13 : 1107010330

The contributors to this volume discuss and for the most part challenge whether many minds can be wiser than one...


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