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The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes - and How to Make Wiser Decisions (Hardback)
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The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes - and How to Make Wiser Decisions (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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'As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him,' Houdini to Arthur Conan Doyle

Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else-they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the "intelligence trap," the subject of David Robson's fascinating and provocative debut.

Packed with cutting-edge research, historical case studies, entertaining stories, and practical advice, The Intelligence Trap explores the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, and reveals the ways that even the brightest minds and talented organizations can backfire - from some of Thomas Edison's worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI. With a knack for explaining complex ideas and featuring timeless lessons from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin to Richard Feynman and the latest behavioral science, Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to avoid mistakes and protect ourselves from misinformation and fake news.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473669833
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Brilliant. The Intelligence Trap combines mesmerising storytelling with groundbreaking new research about why having a high IQ can backfire. Essential reading for anyone who wants to think more clearly. * Rolf Dobelli, author of the million-copy-selling Art of Thinking Clearly *
A fascinating and enjoyable investigation of what intelligence is and isn't, by one of the most exciting new voices in science writing. This thought-provoking and brilliantly researched guide to achieving true wisdom shows us how to be smarter - and how to protect ourselves from the cleverest fools. * Gaia Vince, prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene *

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