Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds / Edition 1

Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds / Edition 1

by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, Piattelli-Pa
     
 

"Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually

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"Fascinating and insightful. . . . I cannot recall a book that has made me think more about the nature of thinking." — Richard C. Lewontin

Harvard University

Everyone knows that optical illusions trick us because of the way we see. Now scientists have discovered that cognitive illusions, a set of biases deeply embedded in the human mind, can actually distort the way we think.

In Inevitable Illusions, distinguished cognitive researcher Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini takes us on a provocative, challenging, and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the games our minds play. He opens the doors onto the newly charted realm of the cognitive unconscious to reveal the full range of illusions, showing how they inhibit our ability to reason—no matter what our educational background or IQ. Inevitable Illusions is stimulating, eye-opening food for thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471159629
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Cognitive Illusions17
Ch. 2Our Spontaneous Intuitions: Angels or Demons?31
Ch. 3A Brief Speleology of the Mind: An Easy Tunnel45
Ch. 4Probability Illusions49
Ch. 5Calculating the Unknown, or Bayes' Law105
Ch. 6The Fallacy of Near Certainty111
Ch. 7The Seven Deadly Sins115
Ch. 8How to Emerge from the Tunnel of Pessimism139
Ch. 9The Principle of Identity and the Psychology of Typicality147
Ch. 10A (Rationally) Optimistic Conclusion159
Grand Finale: A Super-Tunnel161
Appendix A Mental Tunnels: A Brief History of Discovery171
Appendix B Why Cognitive Illusions Are Here to Stay: A Reply to Recent Critiques183
Tunnel Exits197
Main Sources211
Other General Sources213
Suggested Reading215
Index237

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