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The Intelligence Trap

Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes - and How to Make Wiser Decisions
Narrated by: Simon Slater
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

An eye-opening examination of the stupid things smart people do - and how to cultivate skills to protect ourselves from error.

'As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him.' (Houdini to Arthur Conan Doyle)

Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else - they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the 'intelligence trap', the subject of David Robson's fascinating and provocative debut. 

Packed with cutting-edge research, historical case studies, entertaining stories and practical advice, The Intelligence Trap explores the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise and reveals the ways that even the brightest minds and talented organisations can backfire - from some of Thomas Edison's worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia and the FBI. 

With a knack for explaining complex ideas and featuring timeless lessons from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin to Richard Feynman and the latest behavioural science, Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to avoid mistakes and protect ourselves from misinformation and fake news.

©2019 David Robson (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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