Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Author of Why We Make Mistakes
- Wired Magazine, on Why We Make Mistakes
We often don't see what's right in front of us. We forget things in seconds. We quickly recognize patterns—but overlook important details. And most of us are pretty sure we're way above average. Humans, by design, are prone to error. Many of these topics were covered by Joe Hallinan in his days as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Indianapolis Star, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before that he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.
Why We Make Mistakes
Why do otherwise intelligent people make obvious mistakes? Why are we so easily distracted? Why do we often miss what's right in front of our eyes? Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? Joe Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error--how we think, see, remember and forget. In a highly customized talk, full of anecdotes, relevant studies and tips you can use immediately (such as how to remember where you left your keys, and why multi-tasking is a bad idea), Hallinan shows us that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error-prone. How to prevent these errors--how to anticipate and then "outsmart" them--are at the heart of this engaging, entertaining and interactive talk.
Why We Make Mistakes
We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we'd be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn't), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn't). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we're way above average.
In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error: how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes. In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns--but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss--and why you can't find the beer in your refrigerator. Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate, and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail, and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you've hidden something important. You'll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don't, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it's not). Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakesâ€”and have you vowing to do better the next time.
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