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How We Know What Isn't So

By (author) Thomas Gilovich
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, United States
Imprint: The Free Press
Published: 1st Jan 1993
Dimensions: w 150mm h 236mm d 16mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 0029117062
ISBN-13: 9780029117064
Barcode No: 9780029117064
Synopsis
Thomas Gilovich offers a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life. When can we trust what we believe-that "teams and players have winning streaks," that "flattery works," or that "the more people who agree, the more likely they are to be right"-and when are such beliefs suspect? Thomas Gilovich offers a guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life. Illustrating his points with examples, and supporting them with the latest research findings, he documents the cognitive, social, and motivational processes that distort our thoughts, beliefs, judgments and decisions. In a rapidly changing world, the biases and stereotypes that help us process an overload of complex information inevitably distort what we would like to believe is reality. Awareness of our propensity to make these systematic errors, Gilovich argues, is the first step to more effective analysis and action.

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