The Knowledge Illusion

The Knowledge Illusion

Why We Never Think Alone

Book - 2017
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"Two cognitive scientists explain how the human brain relies on the communal nature of intelligence and knowledge, constantly gathering information and expertise stored outside our mind and bodies, to overcome its shortcomings of being error prone, irrational and often ignorant,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399184352
Branch Call Number: 153.42 SL54K 2017
Characteristics: 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fernbach, Philip


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Jul 08, 2019

A must read for teachers and university students. No, we don't know much and nothing is obvious, but if we know that we may be more careful with our choices.

May 14, 2018

A very interesting read. The basic idea is that as individuals we think we know more than we actually do. Instead our knowledge is more community based, that is, what we consider to be our own knowledge can be attributed to the knowledge stored in our environment, culture, and importantly other groups. Well written and easy reading this book is well worth the time investment.

May 09, 2017

An obvious subject, but with the current mass delusion of individualism, one well worth the apparent belaboring.
We are the worlds most social of species, yet commonly regard thinking as an individual between ones ears activity. Hah! This leads to many delusions, that are thoroughly explored.
It hardly touches on the why of the matter [besides of the obvious social nature of our species that is].
For instance, demonstrably, as thinkers like Buckminster Fuller point out, we began as generalists, right-lobers, but only gradually shifted to the left lobe. Why? We got too big for our right-lobe britches- knowledge just got too big for any individual mind to encompass, so we were forced into specializing. After which, well, like kids watching tv and naturally concluding that since they often see adult activities, that they know all about them, we see the products of knowledge and assume that we understand the knowledge itself. Leonard Shalin's theory [The Goddess and the Alphabet]. was that we went left lobe because of linear/alphabet-based language, but this forced into specialism by over-success argument may be at least equally true.
A probable proof that it's useful and accurate- one finds oneself reading and thinking, yeah yeah, i knew that. Which illustrates their point! You don't know it, well enough anyway. Read the book already.


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