How was a brilliant physics professor tricked into carrying 2kg of cocaine across the Argentinian border? Why do doctors misdiagnose 10 to 15% of their patients? Why do Nobel Prize winners spread fake news?
We assume that smarter people are less prone to error. But greater education and expertise can often amplify our mistakes while rendering us blind to our biases. This is the 'intelligence trap'.
Drawing on the latest behavioural science and historical examples from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin, David Robson demonstrates how to apply our intelligence more wisely; identify bias and enhance our 'rationality quotient'; read and regulate our emotions; fine-tune our intuition; navigate ambiguity and uncertainty; and think more flexibly about seemingly intractable problems.
The twenty-first century presents us with complex problems that demand a wiser way of thinking. Whether you are a NASA scientist or a school student, The Intelligence Trap
offers a new cognitive toolkit to realise your full potential. The Intelligence Trap
is ceaselessly fascinating and brilliantly written by one of our most consistently superb science writers. Its counter-intuitive argument, that intelligence is no inoculation against wrongness, explains so much about the fractious and baffling times in which we live. * Will Storr, author of SELFIE * I loved The Intelligence Trap
. As fun to read as it is fascinating, it celebrates the power of humility and curiosity. Everyone, especially intelligent people, should read this brilliant and important book. * Anna Rosling-Ronnlund * A fascinating and enjoyable investigation of what intelligence is and isn't, by one of the most exciting new voices in science writing. This thought-provoking and brilliantly researched guide to achieving true wisdom shows us how to be smarter - and how to protect ourselves from the cleverest fools. * Gaia Vince, prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene * Brilliant. The Intelligence Trap
combines mesmerising storytelling with groundbreaking new research about why having a high IQ can backfire. Essential reading for anyone who wants to think more clearly. * Rolf Dobelli, author of the million-copy-selling Art of Thinking Clearly * A startling, provocative and potently useful book. * Sunday Times * An elegant survey of current thinking about thinking, and how best to do it without pride, prejudice, or arrogance. * Mail on Sunday * We need to find new and better ways to teach critical thinking and measure good judgement. Reading David Robson's book would be
The Intelligence Trap