You Are Not So Smart

The website You Are Not So Smart does an outstanding job of explaining all sorts of cognitive errors for a lay audience in an engaging way. Last week Dave McRaney, the site’s author, released a book version called You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. I  have not read the book yet, but it sounds like an excellent resource you might think of getting for that friend in your life who is not ready for direct attacks on their faith (or on their other fantastic beliefs) but who may nonetheless get a step closer to ready by learning about the psychology of fallacious reasoning.

Below the fold is the terrific trailer for the book. It is also worth passing on for purposes of illustrating mistaken thinking about purpose behind coincidences:

Your Thoughts?

No, Christians, You Don’t Rationally Proportion Your Beliefs to Evidence
“A Normal Child Locked in a Body She Has No Control Over”
A Photographer On Why The Same Dress Looks Black and Blue to Some and Gold and White to Others #DressGate
About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Physicalist

    You are not so smart.

    I’m not??


  • Pierce R. Butler

    I know I’m not smart enough to be able to paint both white and red circles using only a can of red paint, never mind finishing with a white stripe while my brush ends up dripping red.

  • NewEnglandBob

    I am smart enough to know that after watching that awful trailer, I will not be buying that book.

    • drdale

      You may not have cared for the trailer but I found the articles on the site, , very interesting to read and thought provoking.