The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us

Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself and that s a good thing In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth Our minds don t work the way we think they do We think we see ourselves anReading this book will make you less sure of yourself and that s a good thing In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth Our minds don t work the way we think they do We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we re actually missing a whole lot.Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions We write traffic laws and build criminal cases on the assumption that people will notice when something unusual happens right in front of them We re sure we know where we were on 9 11, falsely believing that vivid memories are seared into our minds with perfect fidelity And as a society, we spend billions on devices to train our brains because we re continually tempted by the lure of quick fixes and effortless self improvement The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it s much than a catalog of human failings Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time.
The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself and that s a good thing In The Invisible Gorilla Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons creators of one of psychology s most famous experiments

  • Title: The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us
  • Author: Christopher Chabris Daniel Simons
  • ISBN: 9780007317301
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Instead of writing a full review, I'd like to take up some issues with the low-star reviews, which seem to have strong patterns to them that should be adressed. As a disclaimer - I am merely a reader of this book, not a psychological scientist, and I do think negative reviews have their place for ANYTHING that is meant for an audience. And they are important because when reading reviews, you want to know whether the product is something *you* would like to have and may share some of your interes [...]

    2. This was a fascinating book on one of my very favourite topics: why our brains don't work the way we think they do. If you haven't already, check out this video. I, for one, was one of the people who completely missed the gorilla the first time I saw it. (If you've seen this video already, check out this one. Trust me.) The invisible gorilla video is an example of the first of six "everyday illusions" Chabris and Simons discuss in their book. In the same way that optical illusions trick us into [...]

    3. This is a mostly fascinating book which discusses the differences between how we imagine that our minds/brains work and how really do. The authors are the psychologists who did the experiment a decade ago using a movie of two teams of people passing basketballs back & forth between them. They asked people to watch the film and count the number of passes between members of the team in white tee-shirts. Then they asked the watchers if they noticed anything unusual about the film. About half th [...]

    4. Bullet Review:Fantastic thoughtful book. I think EVERYONE needs to read this, just to remind us that, hey, everybody's got limitations.Jenny McCarthy, if by some odd chance, you are reading this, I have one thing for you: SHUT UP. Shame on you for deceiving parents into not vaccinating their kids because they MAY get autism - which ISN'T TRUE IN THE SLIGHTEST ANYWAY, but really, autism is WORSE THAN A DEAD CHILD??!?! Do us a favor and go away - after loudly proclaiming what a moron you were for [...]

    5. If you've not yet gotten around to reading any of the other psychology books that I've recommended to you yet, consider this one. It's fun, and light, but still pretty good science. The authors do have agendas and so do, sometimes, oversimplify a bit to make a point, but as best as I can tell their points are valid.Not all are new points. For example they talk about the phenomenon of 'group-think' as if it's something scientists are just figuring out now. Otoh, maybe this time the points will si [...]

    6. I finished this book much more aware of how limited my mental abilities are. And that's a good thing. As Chabris and Simons state in the conclusion, these mental illusions "result from mistaken judgments about our limitations." If we are willing to acknowledge and accept those limitations we are that much more aware of the illusions and better able to see through them.Chabris and Simons discuss several commonplace, everyday illusions which the vast majority of us are not only unaware of, but act [...]

    7. Because I was already familiar with the hidden gorilla experiment demonstrating inattentional blindness, I initially assumed this book would be a rehash. But it delivered a more detailed study of the illusion of attention and six other illusions, and turned out to be an informative source of information on hidden human behavioral patterns. This are:(1) Illusion of Attention—although we think we see what’s in front of us, focus and expectation leads us to often miss the unexpected, even when [...]

    8. There are some pretty major flaws in the experiments he lists as "proof" of his points.-Deciding whether a person has a "good" or "bad" sense of humor-- based on whether their ratings of jokes correlates with 30 professional comedians? Seriously? Isn't it obvious that the people who score "poorly" are just the kind of people who don't go to comedy clubs, or find the dumb jokes on TV funny?-There ARE a variety of ways a chess player can be underscored in the ratings. (Although, it is true that 10 [...]

    9. The authors conducted a experiment a while to see how many people would see something right in from of them while focused on another task. People were asked to watch a video. They were instructed to count the number of passes of a basketball between a few people. After the video they asked them how many passes they counted and if they had seen anything strange while watching the video. About half said they had not. But a person in a gorilla's costume passed through the screen and pounded its che [...]

    10. Arguably a popular classic in its time - the title derives from one of the most familiar and widely-discussed experiments of the modern era, my experience is that it merits the hype and is well worth the (not terribly great investment of) time. As non-fiction accessible psychology goes, this goes down easy, entertains throughout, sprinkles the serious (almost hard core) academic stuff (particularly the critique and methodology) with splendid, memorable anecdotes, and provides more than your mone [...]

    11. Sois book got published because it's by a pair of celebrity scientists (not to say that that affects their other work, but I think it effected the book).The problem that I see with it, generally, is that they have a very interesting set of experiments about what they call attentional blindness and the illusion of attention. I.e. the reason that a bunch of people didn't notice a gorilla (well, someone in a gorilla suit) walk through a crowd of students passing around basketballs, and why people a [...]

    12. The authors once conducted an experiment where people were asked to count basketballs while another person walked through their field of vision, unnoticed, dressed as a gorilla. The authors concluded that there was an illusion of attention ("inattentional blindness"). They expanded this notion to write this book about the illusions of memory, confidence, knowledge, causal relationships, and potential. Their lesson from all of this is that we need to be wary of our intuitions as they are poorly a [...]

    13. A highly interesting book! The title refers to the well-known online video in which viewers are urged to count the number of passes made by one basketball team. At one point in the video, a person in a gorilla costume walks through the scene, but many viewers are so busy tracking passes that they don't notice. This book is about some of the hidden biases in the way our brains cope with the world. At least some of these will probably shock many readers. While it's probably impossible to eliminate [...]

    14. Anyone who has read enough Discworld or Harry Potter books knows that we muggles are very good at ignoring what our brains tell us shouldn't be there.   ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴏ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ, said Death. ᴀᴍ ɪ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴇʀᴇ, ʙᴏʏ?   “Yes,” said Mort slowly. “I… I’ve watched people. They look at you but they don’t see you, I think. You do something to their minds.”   Death shook his head.   ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴅᴏ ɪᴛ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇᴍsᴇʟᴠᴇs, h [...]

    15. This book looks at the things we think we know, but really don't. There are Illusions of Attention, Memory, Confidence, Knowledge, and Potential. Each of the illusions is examined, with examples shown of the differences between what we think happens and what really happens. Attention-Everyone believes that we see everything that happens in the world around us. This is where the famous Invisible Gorilla video comes into play. Check it out. This is just one example of selective attention. We only [...]

    16. A good read for a plane ride. It puts together several "illusions" that are all related to how our brain works. The authors assemble a mountain of academic research in their field, psychology, and several related ones, and package them into compact, wonderfully written chapters. There are deep insights every couple pages. What is admirable throughout is their rigorous commitment to the scientific method, to questioning their own conclusions, and to limiting and qualifying most of their results. [...]

    17. (I'll probably need to re-read it in a few months)The book deals with the basics of some of our mental processes and their deficiencies. It describes the most common ones:The illusion of vision/attention - that we can and see everything we set our eyes on (which is the one shown by the gorilla video and the one that got them the Ig Nobel award);The illusion of memory - we think that our long-term memories don't change (and they do);Confidence - we tend to value confidence a lot more than it's wo [...]

    18. This is an awesome book. I loved the part about the illusion of memory, I loved the part where they warned about correlation becoming causation, and I loved the part about the gorilla experiment. The authors tried to stay neutral on issues like religion in this book, but lots of what was said in this book reminds me of Caveman Logic. Awesome quote:"Parents and scientists seeking a cause for the increase in autism rates spotted this association [between vaccinations and autism:] and inferred a ca [...]

    19. Clear headed look at a number of flaws in the human brain's wiring. "Flaw" is clearly a loaded term - more specifically, in the context of modern society, the human brain gets a number of things (objectively) wrong. For those with a lot of familiarity with similar literature, there isn't a whole lot new here. Another problem is that the book bogs down with lengthy discussion of specific issues (e.g. the science pertaining to vaccinations, the effect of video games on cognitive ability, specific [...]

    20. A book on the psychology of intuition and perception. Thematically similar to "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, but their conclusions don't often agree.While The Invisible Gorilla has plenty of informative passages, thoroughly evaluating contemporary psychology myths in each part, the book's necessarily negative overtone (subtitled "And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us") makes it somewhat dissatisfying as a whole despite valid insights. The book has to be cynical because its unique angle is in it [...]

    21. illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause, potential. excellent well organized, informative, important book.each chapter is an illusion caused by our mental structures, like optical illusions effect our perception, a must read for anyone interested in clearer thinking, which ought to be everyone.each chapter presents an illusion, like the gorilla in the basketball passings video. presents the illusion, then using experimental results and interesting examples shows us what the [...]

    22. There's a decent-enough structure behind this book--six mental bugaboos to avoid--but the authors' obvious right-wing biases weakened their presentation.It's true enough (as this book notes) that correlation does not equal causation, but sometimes correlation can point the way to a workable hypothesis.So here are a few things I noticed about this book. People and things who received positive spin in The Invisible Gorilla: George W. Bush, Chief Justice John Roberts, Jim Cramer, the Iraq War. Peop [...]

    23. I wanted to like this book; it's right up my alley. I love Gladwell, I love Sheena Iyengar, etc. But I could not finish this book - I had to give up after four tries. The authors present a premise, give an interesting anecdote or research that proves the point, and then proceed to beat the reader over the head with a long-winded narrative to prove the point they already proved. Even worse, the additional narrative usually ends up weakening their argument or even disproving the point/premise! On [...]

    24. هذه قراءتي الثانية لهذا الكتاب. وجدته كما المرّة الأولى جميلًا مفيدًا، يتحدّث عن أوهام ستّة نعيش بها نحن معشر البشر. هذه الأوهام هي نتاج عقلنا؛ تخدمه في معاشه اليومي، ولكنّها "تورطه" في حال اتخاذ القرارات. الكاتبان هما صاحبا التجربة العملاقة التي كانت طريقهما إلى نوبل عن "الغ [...]

    25. i think this is a must read. i had started questioning the way things are even before finding this book but when i did and when i started reading it showed me in how many ways human knowledge is limited, so i think this is one of the books that literally made me a better person's a must read for everyone.

    26. This was starting to feel a bit repetitive to me. Once I buy in to the premise that memory is flawed, I don't need example after example that demonstrates it, with explanations about how it demonstrates it each time. I'm just not invested enough to go past my fifty pages.

    27. ספר מעניין מאוד. מכיוון שקראתי כבר הרבה ספרים מהתחום הזה, הוא לא ממש חידש לי והוא גם קצת חוזר על עצמו. מומלץ לאלו שפחות מכירים את הנושא.

    28. Our brains don't work the way our intuition tells us they do. We can't divide our attention; our memories deceive us; we put too much trust in confidence; we overestimate our knowledge; we reason incorrectly, by anecdote and correlation; and we think there are magic ways to "increase our brain power." A very readable and entertaining book, soundly based in research, that will change few minds. :)

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