Why we're wrong about nearly everything : a theory of human misunderstanding / Bobby Duffy
- Duffy, Bobby
- Uniform Title:
- Perils of perception
- Additional Titles:
- Why we are wrong about nearly everything : a theory of human misunderstanding
Theory of human misunderstanding
- New York, NY : Basic Books, 2019.
- Copyright Date:
- First US edition.
- Physical Description:
- v, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Introduction: perils everywhere -- A healthy mind -- Sexual fantasies -- On the money? -- Inside and out: immigration and religion -- Safe and secure -- Political misdirection and disengagement -- Brexit and Trump: wishful and wrongful thinking -- Filtering our worlds -- Worldwide worry -- Who's most wrong? -- Dealing with our delusions.
- "Smartphones shorten our attention spans and Twitter devalues critical thought. Fake news runs rampant on Facebook, clouding our perceptions. The internet has made us dumb, right? In fact, people don't need the internet to get things wrong. Bobby Duffy, a leading public policy researcher, ran a study of how people's beliefs match reality. It was the largest of its kind, spanning a decade and more than 40 countries. He found that we have no idea what we're talking about when it comes to our most important social issues: American women are sexually harassed at nearly twice the rate American men think, the English overestimate Great Britain's immigrant population by 54 percent, Mexicans believe unemployement rates are 10 times higher than they are in reality. Our delusions hold regardless of race, age, sex, or education-and, on many issues, occur at roughly the same rates as they have for decades. In other words, we have always misunderstood how the world actually works, and those misunderstandings shape the cultures and policies we live by" -- Front jacket flap.
- Knowledge, Sociology of.
- Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
- Truthfulness and falsehood
- BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
- BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Statistics
- PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
- PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Statistics
- Theory of knowledge
- 9781541618084 hardcover
- "Originally published in 2018 by Atlantic Books in Great Britain"--Title page verso.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-278) and index.
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