THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION Named One of Top 15 Science Books of 2017 by New York Magazine
New York Magazine has included THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION, set for release March 14th, in a list of 15 books that will nurture your nerdier side in 2017, or that is to say, the best science books set for release. You can look at the entire list here.
The Knowledge Illusion by cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach centers on the basic idea that we don't know nearly as much as we think we know. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Sloman and Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact—and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individually oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. This book contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us.