Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

Joseph T. Hallinan


We overlook our passwords. We pay an excessive amount of to visit the health club. we predict we’d be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn’t), and we expect we must always keep on with our first solution on exams (we shouldn’t). Why do we make errors? and will we perform a little better?

We people have layout flaws. Our eyes play methods on us, our tales switch within the retelling, and such a lot people are quite certain we’re means above ordinary. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan units out to discover the alluring technological know-how of human error—how we predict, see, bear in mind, and overlook, and the way this units us up for fully impossible to resist mistakes.

In his quest to appreciate our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, buyer habit, geography, soccer, inventory picking out, and extra. He discovers that a number of the comparable traits that make us effective additionally make us mistakes providers. We learn how to circulation speedily throughout the international, speedy spotting patterns—but overlooking information. that is why thirteen-year-old boys become aware of mistakes that NASA scientists miss—and why you can’t locate the beer on your fridge.

Why We Make Mistakes
is enlivened through real-life stories—of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily exact and a witness who despatched an blameless guy to jail—and deals precious suggestion, akin to tips to take note the place you’ve hidden whatever vital. You’ll research why multitasking is a nasty proposal, why males make error girls don’t, and why most folks imagine San Diego is west of Reno (it’s not).

Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the explanations at the back of your mistakes—and have you ever vowing to do greater the following time.

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