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The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris
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Dec 24, 2010

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Read from May 24 to June 09, 2012

There are some pretty major flaws in the experiments he lists as "proof" of his points.

-Deciding whether a person has a "good" or "bad" sense of humor-- based on whether their ratings of jokes correlates with 30 professional comedians? Seriously? Isn't it obvious that the people who score "poorly" are just the kind of people who don't go to comedy clubs, or find the dumb jokes on TV funny?

-There ARE a variety of ways a chess player can be underscored in the ratings. (Although, it is true that 100 points worth of overconfidence is a wide disparity.)

Overall, though, it's a fun refutation of Malcolm Gladwell, and a good overview of logical thought.
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