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The Unpersuadables

Adventures With the Enemies of Science
Storr, Will (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Interweaves personal memoir and investigative journalism with the latest neuroscience and experimental psychology research to reveal how the stories individuals tell themselves about the world shape their beliefs, leading to self-deception, toxic partisanship, and science denial.
Authors: Storr, Will
Title: The unpersuadables
adventures with the enemies of science
Publisher: New York, NY :, The Overlook Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Previously published under title: The heretics : adventures with the enemies of science. London : Picador, 2013.
Contents: 'It's like treason'
'I don't know what's going on with these people...'
'The secret of the long life of the tortoise'
'Two John Lennons'
'Solidified, intensified, gross sensations'
'The invisible actor at the centre of the world'
'Quack'
'Some type of tiny wasps'
'Top dog wants his name in'
'They're frightening people'
'There was nothing there, but I knew it was a cockerel'
'I came of exceptional parents'
'Backwards and forwards in the slime'
'That one you just go, "Eeerrrr"'
'A suitable place'
Epilogue : the hero-maker.
Summary: Interweaves personal memoir and investigative journalism with the latest neuroscience and experimental psychology research to reveal how the stories individuals tell themselves about the world shape their beliefs, leading to self-deception, toxic partisanship, and science denial.
Local Note: 35 53 118 133 148 152
ISBN: 146830836X
9781468308365
1468308181
9781468308181
Statement of Responsibility: Will Storr
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Psychology Miscellanea. Science Miscellanea. Recovered memory. Homeopathy. Creationism. Holocaust denial. Belief and doubt. Errors, Scientific. Heresy in science.
Topical Term: Psychology
Science
Recovered memory.
Homeopathy.
Creationism.
Holocaust denial.
Belief and doubt.
Errors, Scientific.
Heresy in science.
LCCN: 2013050449
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Jul 25, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While I like the work of skeptics such as Micheal Shermer, Steven Novella and James Randi they seem to think they act only as rational, logical beings without any emotions attached. I thought Storr did an excellent job pulling back the curtain on how we are all self deceiving, or at least have our own hidden bias. This book covers a fair amount of ground on how are brains work that I already knew (see "You are not so smart" by David McRaney for a closer look) but it does add some great insights as to how our emotions can get the better of us. I also thought the insights on our tribal nature were a very good addition to what I have read else where and dove tail nicely with out other cognitive biases.

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