The Invisible Gorilla – Chabris and Simons

I got this book as part of a three for £5 deal at the Works in Torquay.  What a bargain.  It’s a brilliant combination of academic research and fascinating anecdotes, such as the story of the Boston policeman, Kenny Conley, who witnessed a racist attack on a fellow copper.  The academic references run to 40 pages, or 5% of the book, but you can ignore these and focus on a rattling exposition of the five main ways our intuition deceives us, including  criticism of the undue confidence we all have in our own ability to remember, observe and understand the world we live in.

Check out the video on http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/gorilla_experiment.html and then try it out on your mates – see if they notice.

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