The Unpersuadables

The Unpersuadables

Adventures With the Enemies of Science

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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: 9781468308365
146830836X
9781468308181
1468308181
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 24 cm

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MJJeffs
Aug 17, 2016

Will Storr is generous in his portrayal of all the characters he encounters, and his engaging style made for a fun read.

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CRAIGEEJ
Jun 01, 2015

The absolute fun in reading this made it all worthwhile the lengths people will go to to make their points of view the ONLY point of view and that your opinion means little of nothing it ranges from the fantastical to the realm of the zealots.

Another_Opinion Feb 22, 2015

Very interesting, and will certainly lead to further reading for me.

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john_doh17
Jul 25, 2014

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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Dec 20, 2016

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