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“Obvious logical errors are always the ones other people make. Michael and Ellen Kaplan put this self-serving idea to rest, brilliantly and wittily exploring the sources of the fallacies that infect the thinking of us all. Bozo Sapiens is a book rich not only in examples, but in wisdom. Every one of its readers will learn from it.” ―Denis Dutton, author of The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution
“A beautifully written book; a heartfelt and powerful summary of decades of research into human reasoning quirks -- the bizarre heuristic and biases which make up the vast majority of our everyday practical 'reasoning'.” ―Metapsychology
“The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world… Gourmet reading--rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style.” ―Kirkus
Michael and Ellen Kaplan are mother and son, and coauthors of the bestselling Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability. Michael is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ellen is an archaeologist and cofounder of the Math Circle, a program for the exploration and enjoyment of mathematics. She is coauthor of The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics and Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free. She lives in central Massachusetts.
Certainly not religious, but this book by mother and son is interesting anyway. The title made me pick it up from the store and got me started. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Robert Ewbank
I listened to this book on tape a couple of times, and had to get a hard copy to share with family, friends, and colleagues.Published on October 3, 2013 by Kristine A. Ellor
A book that's packed full of things to think about - about the way we live our lives and the way we believe we think things through. A wonderful paradigm shifter!Published on May 28, 2013 by Patricia L. Sellon
This is a good book on root causes for human fallibility. I rate it at 4 stars rather than 5 for the following reasons. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by h-bond
As the owner of a human brain, I have always been fascinated by how it works- and malfunctions. Michael and Ellen Kaplan take a shot at explaining the brain's foibles, and are at... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Andy in Washington
I didn't rate it with the maximum rate because I would have preferred it to be written more concisely and with less kind of paternal preaching.Published on December 15, 2012 by Aron Mueller
Great discussion of human perception and how it leads to conclusions Anne errors. You may have to read it slowly as a lot of material is presented.Published on July 24, 2012 by jng
The authors begin by talking about the scientific method, but then their thesis is backed only by a bunch of amusing anecdotes that quickly get old. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by David A. Teich