Why We Make Mistakes - How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average-logo

Why We Make Mistakes - How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

Joseph T. Hallinan

We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we'd be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn't), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn't). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we're way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error-how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes. In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns-but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss-and why you can't find the beer in your refrigerator. Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories-of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail-and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you've hidden something important. You'll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don't, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it's not). Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes-and have you vowing to do better the next time.

We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we'd be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn't), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn't). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we're way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error-how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes. In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns-but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss-and why you can't find the beer in your refrigerator. Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories-of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail-and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you've hidden something important. You'll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don't, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it's not). Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes-and have you vowing to do better the next time.
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We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we'd be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn't), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn't). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we're way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error-how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes. In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns-but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss-and why you can't find the beer in your refrigerator. Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories-of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail-and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you've hidden something important. You'll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don't, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it's not). Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes-and have you vowing to do better the next time.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Marc Cashman

Length:

7h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:35