The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

A few months ago, I listened to a pretty interesting book on CD called How We Decide. I liked it, it was an interesting topic, but by the end of the CD I was all, “I am going to pistol-whip the next guy that says ‘pre-frontal cortex.'”

Basically, you could go to that review, swap out the titles, and replace “pre-frontal cortex” with “illusion” and you’ve got my review of this book.

Don’t get me wrong, it was good for the first five or six hours (out of nine-ish?) that Scott and I listened to it on our drive from Cleveland to Jacksonville. The title story is really the best, and there are a lot of other good examples of people overestimating themselves or being overestimated by people — the book is basically about how we think we’re awesome at remembering things or at talking on cell phones while driving, but we are so not.

But then it starts getting old, and THEN the authors go into a diatribe about how you should totally get your kids vaccinated, which I agree with but man, I was starting to think about not vaccinating my hypothetical children out of spite. It was seriously annoying.

Once we weren’t stuck in the car anymore, it was hard to get up the will to finish this book, but we did, and it does end on a good note. But like How We Decide, I would highly recommend getting it in book form so that you can skim the super annoying and super boring parts.

Rating: 7/10
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One thought on “The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

  1. Cari says:

    I tried to read this. I've read so many other books like this (also How We Decide, and Why We Make Mistakes, etc. etc. etc.) that it was all just the same stuff. So I returned it.

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