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How history gets things wrong : the neuroscience of our addiction to stories

Author: Alexander Rosenberg
Publisher: Cambridge : The MIT Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired. To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong . Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don't. Narrative history is always, always wrong. It not just incomplete or inaccurate but deeply  Read more...
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Rosenberg, Alexander, 1946-
How history gets things wrong.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018001232
(OCoLC)1049574907
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Rosenberg
ISBN: 9780262348416 0262348411 9780262348423 026234842X
OCLC Number: 1035389694
Description: 1 online resource (289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents: Besotted by stories --
How many times can the German Army play the same trick? --
Why ever did Hitter declare war on the United States? : That's easy to explain, too easy --
Is the theory of mind wired in? --
The natural history of historians --
What exactly was the Kaiser thinking? --
Can neuroscience tell us what Talleyrand meant? --
Talleyrand's betrayal : in inside story --
Jeopardy! "question" : "It shows the theory of mind to be completely wrong" --
The future of an illusion --
Henry Kissinger mind reads his way through the Congress of Vienna --
Guns, germs, steel--and all that --
The Gulag Archipelago and the uses of history --
The back(non)story.
Responsibility: Alex Rosenberg.

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