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Nobody's fool : why we get taken in and what we can do about it

Daniel J. Simons (Author), Christopher F. Chabris (Author)
"From phishing scams to pyramid schemes, our world is filled with people who want to fool us. In Nobody's Fool, expert psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris break down the science behind deception to pull back the curtain on how we can all avoid being scammed--or even scam the scammers in return. Simons and Chabris identify ten specific features of our psychology that make us vulnerable to being tricked, from our innate tendency to treat all new information--not to mention anything that seems familiar or consistent!--as though it were true, to our failure to consider the important information that we're not receiving, to our tendency to be wary of randomness when in fact it's a sign of authenticity. They explain why all of us are fooled some of the time--whether it's by magicians, marketers, psychics, conspiracy theories, Internet bots, con artists, fraudulent scientists, or even ourselves. Weaving together entertaining stories with scientific research, Simons and Chabris show how Bernie Madoff pulled off his Ponzi scheme; why as much as half the art in leading museums is fake; why every piece of satire reaches people who take it seriously; and the one simple trick to better negotiation that we're all ignoring (yes, it's a genuine tip). They investigate everything from John Podesta giving his emails to Russian hackers to Andre Agassi's ability to read Boris Becker's mind--not to mention, how to tell if someone is lying about inventing cold fusion (even if you know nothing about physics), or if they are forging art (even if you can't tell Monet from Manet). Simons and Chabris put those principles to work, providing concrete ways that readers can build up their resistance to deception and revealing the crucial questions we should ask even before something starts to look suspicious"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2023
First edition View all formats and editions
Basic Books, New York, 2023
Informational works
v, 327 pages ; 25 cm
9781541602236, 1541602234
Part 1: Habits. Focus : think about what's missing
Prediction : expect to be surprised
Commitment : be careful when you assume
Efficiency : ask more questions
Part 2: Hooks. Consistency : appreciate the value of noise
Familiarity : discount what you think you know
Precision : take appropriate measures
Potency : be wary of "butterfly effects"
Conclusion: Somebody's fool