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Publisher's Summary

The author of the best-selling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, and gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their not-so-smart brains.
David McRaney's first book, You Are Not So Smart, evolved from his wildly popular blog of the same name. A mix of popular psychology and trivia, McRaney's insights have struck a chord with thousands, and his blog - and now podcasts and videos - have become an Internet phenomenon. Like You Are Not So Smart, You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality - except we're not. But that's okay, because our delusions keep us sane.
Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of 15 more ways we fool ourselves every day. McRaney also reveals the true price of happiness, why Benjamin Franklin was such a badass, and how to avoid falling for our own lies. This smart and highly entertaining audiobook will be wowing listeners for years to come.
©2013 David McRaney (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim Drnec on 08-01-14

You really will be less dumb!

If you could sum up You Are Now Less Dumb in three words, what would they be?

Compelling. Eye-opening. Science-based.

What did you like best about this story?

It takes fairly complicated findings from neuroscience and cognitive science and evolution and puts a fun, simple spin on it without dumbing it down so people of all backgrounds can enjoy it.

Have you listened to any of Don Hagen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

stop being a sheep...become less dumb

Any additional comments?

I'm a neuroscientist and his facts and summations are scientifically accurate, but he doesn't make it heavy going. He explains things clearly and with a sense of humor!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Philo on 08-29-13

Much like "You Are Not So Smart"

I enjoyed that book (in audio), and I enjoyed this one. I like a free-ranging walk through psychology and our cognitive biases and errors, dished up with an informal tone and flashes of humor. I thought the earlier book ("You Are Not So Smart") a little more zesty and funny, but I'm fine with this one. I hope the author sees fit to produce some more titles, if he has ideas worthy of it, and I hope it is narrated by my favorite again, Don Hagen. Don sounded a bit more subdued or somber this time out, but that's OK. I doubt I will repeat the listening, but I reserve that mostly for the very most challenging and stirring titles anyway.

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18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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