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The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris
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Jul 11, 10

Read in July, 2010

Clear headed look at a number of flaws in the human brain's wiring. "Flaw" is clearly a loaded term - more specifically, in the context of modern society, the human brain gets a number of things (objectively) wrong. For those with a lot of familiarity with similar literature, there isn't a whole lot new here. Another problem is that the book bogs down with lengthy discussion of specific issues (e.g. the science pertaining to vaccinations, the effect of video games on cognitive ability, specific memories of 9/11 etc.) While anecdotes can certainly provide color to, and relief from, abstract analysis, there were too many lengthy stories for my taste; the book didn't impart a commanding scientific flavor (compared to Pinker, Dawkins etc.) Nonetheless, a worthwhile read to help buttress one's knowledge of human limitations. (One of which is realizing that there are such limitations. A worse one still is the willful disregard of evidence of faults, especially on the part of those who thrive on them - try getting a politician to read this book.)
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