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Why we're wrong about nearly everything : a theory of human misunderstanding

Author: Bobby Duffy
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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"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.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Duffy, Bobby, author.
Why we're wrong about nearly everything
New York : Basic Books, 2019
(DLC) 2019021210
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bobby Duffy
ISBN: 9781541618084 1541618084
OCLC Number: 1089574916
Notes: "Originally published in 2018 by Atlantic Books in Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Description: v, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: Perils of perception
Why we are wrong about nearly everything :
Theory of human misunderstanding
Responsibility: Bobby Duffy.

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"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.

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