Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Bill Mesler is the coauthor of A Brief History of Creation. He lives in Washington, DC.
Shankar Vedantam is host of the Hidden Brain podcast and public radio show and the author of The Hidden Brain, a New York Times national bestseller. He lives in Washington, DC.
A lively and digestible book...Perhaps the book's most important point advises how to combat destructive delusions.--Matthew Hutson, Wall Street Journal
Powerful...[Vedantam] explains the phenomenon of deceit in general, and self-deception in particular, with the same plain language and gentle authority that his listeners have come to rely on.--Katie Hafner, Washington Post
[A] scientifically informed, provocative and stylish study of self-deception.--Andrew Robinson, Nature
Ingenious...A passionate, often counterintuitive, disturbingly convincing addition to the why-people-believe-stupid-things genre.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
This excellent narrative nonfiction work will engage a variety of readers, and is a solid choice for book clubs who like to discuss current events.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Vedantam and Mesler pepper hard data with compelling stories to make their case. Vedantam's empathy and intuitive understanding of human nature, which shine on his popular 'Hidden Brain' podcast, come through in Useful Delusions.--Tali Sharot, New York Times Book Review
Useful Delusions takes us on a fascinating, enlightening tour of the human mind.--Karen R. Koenig, New York Journal of Books