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Bozo Sapiens Why to Err Is Human

ISBN-10: 1608190919

ISBN-13: 9781608190911

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ellen Kaplan, Michael Kaplan

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"Gourmet readingrich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."Kirkus ReviewsOur species, it appears, is hardwired to get things wrong in a staggering variety of ways. Why did recipients of a loan offer accept a higher interest rate when a pretty woman's face was printed on the flyer? Why did one poll on immigration find that the most despised foreigners were from a group that did not exist? Why does giving someone power make them more likely to chew with their mouth open and pick their nose? And why is your sister going out with that biker dude?In fact, our cognitive, logical, and romantic failures may be a fair price to pay for our extraordinary success as a speciesthey are the necessary cost of our adaptability.Bozo Sapiensswoops effortlessly across neurochemistry, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology (among other disciplines) to answer with clarity and wit the questions aboveand larger ones about what it means to be human.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 8/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Ellen Kaplan has taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. With her husband, Robert, she wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son, Michael Kaplan.

Foreword
From the Logbook of the Ship of Fools
Idols of the Marketplace
Tinted Glasses
Off the Rails
One of Us
Fresh off the Pleistocene Bus
Living Right
Notes
Index