THE INTELLIGENCE TRAP
WHY SMART PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS AND HOW TO MAKE WISER DECISIONS
People with high IQs are more likely to miss mortgage payments, reach their credit limit and face bankruptcy - depite having higher salaries and more stable jobs. Experts make the wrong call again and again; world leaders fail to think ahead; geniuses are often wildly irrational. In businesses around the world, meetings impair creativity and corporate cultures promote 'fuctional stupidity' in place of critical thinking. If history teaches us anything, it's that even the brightest minds and most talented organisations can backfire.
What blinkered Einstein and Edison? Why did Steve Jobs and NASA make lethal errors of judgement? How might environmental disaster and social inequality be averted?
It is time for us to learn a new way of thinking.
The twenty-first century presents complex problems that require a wiser way of reasoning, one that recognises our current limitations, tolerates ambiguity and uncertainty, balances multiple perspectives, and bridges diverse areas of expertise.
Whatever our age and experience, whether a NASA scientist or a school student, we will benefit from wielding our minds with insight, precision, social sensitivity and humility.
In an exhilarating journey through current research, drawing on insight from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin and some of the world's most successful industries, award-winning science journalist David Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to help us all maximise our full potential.
Imprint: Hodder Books
Publication Date: 12 March 2019
Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm
No. Of Pages: 352 pages