David McRaney is a journalist and self-described psychology nerd. He has written for several publications, including The Atlantic and Psychology Today. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Praise for YOU ARE NOT SO SMART by David McRaney
"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart
-- yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a
dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will
make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us. You'll
find new perspectives on your relationships with people you know,
people you don't, and even brands. It turns out we're much more
irrational than most of us think, so give yourself every advantage
you can and read this book."
-- Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit.com
"You Are Not So Smart is positively one of the smartest books to
come by this year -- no illusion there."
-- Maria Popova of Brain Pickings
"Simply wonderful. An engaging and useful guide to how our
brilliant brains can go badly wrong."
-- Richard Wiseman, bestselling author of 59 Seconds and Quirkology
"McRaney's sweeping overview is like taking a Psych 101 class
with a witty professor and zero homework."
-- Psychology Today
"You Are Not So Smart [is] the go-to blog for understanding why
we all do silly things."
"You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in
fact, You Are Not So Smart is quite big-hearted."
-- Jason Kottke, Kottke.org
"Want to get smarter quickly? Read this book"
-- David Eagleman -- neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the
"A much-needed field guide to the limits of our so-called
consciousness. McRaney presents a witty case for just how witless
we all are."
-- William Poundstone -- bestselling author of Are you Smart Enough to Work at Googl
"Fascinating... After reading this book, you'll never trust your
-- Alex Boese -- bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep
"Deflating to a certain audience that wants to believe in
exceptions, You Are Not So Smart is a tonic to the noxious
sweetness of overachievement, an acknowledgment of ordinariness
that glories in the quirks of being human without forcing them into
a triumphant pyramid. That which cannot be overcome is a part as
vital to the human experience as that impulse to try even harder to
overcome nature. And if that fails, the flip side to a population
crediting itself with falsely inflated powers of observation is
that no one might notice if you, too, are not so smart."
-- The Onion A.V. Club
"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government
propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that
mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's
mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that
problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now
worships willful stupidity should read this book."
-- David Sirota, syndicated columnist, radio host and author of "Back to Our Future
"[The] fusion of wry prose and enlightening minilessons is what
makes this book so special- page after page, readers will be
laughing, learning, and looking at themselves in new ways. McRaney
is a fine stylist, easily balancing anecdote, analysis, and witty
asides... this book is seriously informative."
--Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
"A lively look at our myriad self-delusions and how we can beat
or exploit them."
--Parade -- Praise for You are Now Less Dumb