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The Unpersuadables

Adventures With the Enemies of Science

Storr, Will

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Unpersuadables
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, The Overlook Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 146830836X
9781468308365
1468308181
9781468308181
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,24 cm

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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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