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The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap

Why smart people do stupid things and how to make wiser decisions

David Robson

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781473669833

An eye-opening examination of the stupid things smart people do-and how to cultivate skills to protect ourselves from error.

3 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
3 Mar 2019

"impressive and readable"

The book is impressive and readable, but Robson trips up on one of his own snares: the straw man. Attacking a narrow, mid-20th-century, IQ-based understanding of intelligence is not difficult. And for all that the book feels exciting, with all that psychological evidence and all those technical terms, the pitfalls it identifies and the solutions it offers will feel familiar to anyone with a classical education. Curiosity, intellectual humility, reflectiveness, autonomy? It sounds like good old-fashioned scepticism. And who did not know that the cleverest person can be a fool?