Trust Me, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing


It’s a brave new world of fake news and alternative facts. Why do we trust overconfident leaders and newsmakers with an unshakeable sense of self-importance? From politicians to businessmen, we are repeatedly deceived into believing people confident in their strong opinions. How do we know we are making the right decision when we place our trust in these people? Drawing on research in psychology, evolutionary biology and animal behaviour, this book explores why we trust in overconfidence, the disastrous consequences this can lead to and how we can guard against our own fallibility

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It’s a brave new world of fake news and alternative facts. Why do we trust overconfident leaders and newsmakers with an unshakeable sense of self-importance? From politicians to businessmen, we are repeatedly deceived into believing people confident in their strong opinions. How do we know we are making the right decision when we place our trust in these people? Drawing on research in psychology, evolutionary biology and animal behaviour, this book explores why we trust in overconfidence, the disastrous consequences this can lead to and how we can guard against our own fallibility

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