For over twenty years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the sec...more
A couple of chapters fail completely in my view - pretty much all of the material related to "what your birth date really says ...more
1)Certain people can will themselves to live longer by focusing on a goal with a deadline
2)It is easier to detect liars through the words they uses instead of non-verbal cues
a. Liars tend to provide less details and be vague and they try to ...more
If Mr Wiseman spent more time researching fresh material and less time jumping to wild, baseless suppositions this might be a better book. How could it not be? One thing that annoyed me is his desperate need to prove how clever he is. Constant references to his kinship and associations with the world's greatest minds and how "Wiseman ...more
Phần "Xoá bỏ 'Nỗi sợ tiệc tùng'" cuối sách có thể được đánh dấu là tl;dr cho ai thích thức ăn nhanh. :))
Điểm trừ của sách là có vài ví dụ/vấn đề viết khá giống với quyển Influence đã rất nổi tiếng của tác giả Robert Cialdini. Mà trong quyển này tác giả cũng có nhắc đến quy ...more
• Wiseman defines ...more
As other reviewers have mentioned, some of the research in this book is a bit iffy, and the methods used are questionable. Wiseman announces the conclusions o ...more
There are a number of retreads of studies that you'll have come across if you've read any other pop-psychology (Milgram etc.) but it's full of interested factoids you immediately want to tell your friends, and a great way to learn of the methods and fallacies in psychology.
The search for the world's funn ...more
Эта книга больше о странности людей и попытках её измерить, чем о лжи и обмане.
Забавная вещица, прочитал с удовольствием и улыбкой. Кстати, и об улыбке Моны Лизы, и о страданиях последователей Вертера, и о радостях жизни комиков в книге тоже много интересного.
I guess I just like quirky things about human behavior. I really enjoyed this book. Worth reading, several times.
What was I thinking? I did read this a second time and although it was interesting, I was disappointed.
The Q test described in the beginning was still fascinating; even though I don’t take it seriously. It’s still fun, and I’m surprised that didn’t make it into his final chapter on quirky dinner conversations.
The chapter on deception was still wort ...more
--Geoffrey Dean's refutation of the "time twins" hypothesis
--Why people believe in astrology despite its scientific invalidity: The Barnum Effect and the Flattery Effect
--Chronopsychology as a relatively new but obscure academic disciplin ...more
I've actually read my share of pop-psych-slash-"let's-translate-academic-articles-into-common-English" books, so it would be unfair to to criticize the book for containing a whole bunch of stuff I already knew about. My complaint, rather, is how tame and unengaging it was, especially having been (assumedly) written as a collection of outlandish research, either in topic or method. Most of the findings are predictable (oh, so my star si ...more
And yet I made it to the end of the book. Because, as the book itself claims, reading it does make for b ...more
I would recommend it if you like quick reads, as it is a compilation of various conducted studies and their results. I used this book frequently when I was designing interiors as I wanted the occupants to feel and behave in specific ways. It is not a book that goes too in depth on the matter, but good for a quick think and insight.
I'm not sure what to feel about pop science books. I often feel like they're kind of the desserts of the science world. Lacking substance and not considered actual research. But also easy to read and likable.
So yeah, I learned a few fun facts but I also feel very skeptical about this book. A lot of the facts don't see 100% researched and there's a lot of room to criticize the re ...more
We pride ourselves on our free will, our ability to do as we wish, our irrationality Yet psychologists have pointed out trends in our behaviour. This book archives some of the more fascinating things. Our superstitions, humour, charity..., can all be quantified in a page or two.
If you too are intrigued by these attempts of rationalizing our irrationality, try out this book.
Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. He then obtained a degree in psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Richard currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in ...more