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Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.10.2008
  • Verlag: Yale University Press
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Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid

One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, or even brilliant. The behavior of smart individualsfrom presidents to prosecutors to professorsis at times so amazingly stupid as to seem inexplicable. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave in ways so stupid that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives?This book is the first devoted to investigating what the most current psychological research can tell us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume, renowned scholars in various areas of human intelligence, present fascinating examples of people messing up their lives, and they offer insights into the reasons for such behavior. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors discuss: The nature and theory of stupidity How stupidity contributes to stupid behavior Whether stupidity is measurableWhile many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid focuses on the neglected side of this discussion, reviewing the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior and analyzing what it tells us about how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.10.2008
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780300128208
    Verlag: Yale University Press
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