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  • Quirkology

  • The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,836 ratings)

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Quirkology

By: Richard Wiseman
Narrated by: Peter Noble
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Summary

For over 20 years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life.

In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humour reveals about the innermost workings of their mind - all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

Wiseman's research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake seances in allegedly haunted buildings.

With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamoured couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.

©2007 Richard Wiseman (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Entertaining and insightful

I loved this book and listened to it in only 2 sessions. The experiments are quirky and fascinating. The writing and reading makes the book so easy to read and clear to understand. I can't wait to find out if Richard Wiseman wrote more books!

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Very enjoyable

Held my interest all the way through and a good narrator. Experiments on that capture the imagination.

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Some interesting research and dubious conclusions

I found that, too often, Wiseman attributes cause to correlation. For example, while some people might lie about their date of birth, I believe it much more likely that those born on significant dates would gravitate towards vocations related to that date because they are constantly reminded of it. Indeed, he highlights the tendency towards bias associated with birth date in a later experiment.

Nevertheless, the book is interesting and worth a listen.

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Think… tart

Really fascinating collection of information, and until the point the topic moves to chat up lines and socially sexually uninhibited women “think… tart” I really enjoyed it. The line and delivery really jarred for me.

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Fantastic

I found this absolutely enthralling, the narration also keeps pace with the information being provided, there was nothing I did not like throughout this reading.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to expand there knowledge of little known pieces of nuggets.

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Interesting read, great performance

Good read, would recommend to anyone with an interest in social science. doesn't bog you down with numbers and presents information succinctly.

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Superbly interesting for me anyway.

narration really good and totally convinced me that he had been the author. Fast paced and interesting from beginning to the finish.

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fascinating

loved all the weird facts and unusual market research. fun data provided and interesting analysis re human behaviour.

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one of my favourite books

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and whatever it might say about me.... I may even listen again !!

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Interesting and brilliant

I’d not heard anything about the author or his work but was very pleasantly surprised. A very interesting listen and excellently read.

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