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This review is from: How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life (Paperback)
The Sports Illustrated curse is NOT real. Our gut feelings about winning streaks and losing streaks are way off. And there's sort of an illusion that makes punishment look more effective than it probably is and reward look less effective than it probably is (reward has a tougher row to hoe, in fact). These are among Gilovich's more memorable points. Each is backed up with plain reasoning AND hard data.
It's just the kind of book that'll make you THINK about what you're thinking. An excellent start down that path, one we all need to take. I enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I have re-read parts of it a few times in the years since I first bought it.
Written by a social psychologist for a lay audience. It's well organized and easily digestible as long as you are willing to stop and think every so often as you read.
I'd like to see this book handed out to every new college student, or, maybe better, required reading for every high school student.
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2011 3:28:55 PM PST
I will probably buy this book and I agree. Look at prayer. This is a perfect example. When desired effect happens , people say because god answered prayers. When it does not happen they say it was because it was not meant to be. God always seems to get a pass. Basically it is what you are saying , that folks have their own prejudices and are going to see things the way they want to see it.
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