Useful Delusions

Useful Delusions

The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Book - 2021
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WW Norton
Useful DelusionsThe lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations hold together while others splinter.Useful Delusions
New York TimesHidden Brain

Baker & Taylor
"From the New York Times-bestselling author and host of NPR's Hidden Brain comes a counterintuitive, thought-provoking exploration of deception's role in human success. Everyone agrees that lies and self-deception can do terrible harm to our lives, to our communities, and to the planet. But in Useful Delusions, host of NPR's Hidden Brain Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being. The lies we tell each other and the lies that we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don't, why some nations and tribes hold together while others splinter. Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of an upside-down world"--

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& Taylor

The Hidden Brain podcaster and the co-author of A Brief History of Creation share counterintuitive, provocative insights into the role of deception in human longevity, successful relationships and cultural endurance. Media tie-in. Illustrations.

Publisher: Canada : WW Norton, 2021
ISBN: 9780393652208
Characteristics: 320 pages

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