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Gary King is an American political scientist and quantitative methodologist. He is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director for the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
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The WEIRDest People in the World
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Joseph Henrich - Sep 08, 2020
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Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the worldPerhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you're...
Gary King
Mar 02, 2021
Three very good books worth reading: (1) The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, (2) The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, (3) Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe      source
The Knowledge Illusion
Why We Never Think Alone
Steven Sloman - Mar 13, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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"The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom." --Steven PinkerWe all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don't even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite unders...
Gary King
Mar 02, 2021
Three very good books worth reading: (1) The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, (2) The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, (3) Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe      source
Not Born Yesterday
The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe
Hugo Mercier - Jan 28, 2020
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Why people are not as gullible as we thinkNot Born Yesterday explains how we decide who we can trust and what we should believe--and argues that we're pretty good at making these decisions. In this lively and provocative book, Hugo Mercier demonstrates how virtually all attempts at mass persuasion--whether by religious leaders, politicians, or adve...
Gary King
Oct 19, 2020
A terrific & important book: *Not Born Yesterday*. As VO Key wrote half a century ago "Voters are not Fools". @hugoreasoning shows it's true in all other parts of life too.      source
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark - Jul 31, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more th...
Gary King
Oct 23, 2017
Life 3.0: Crazy book by a brilliant author or brilliant book by a crazy author. Not sure which; but worth reading      source
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
Gary King
May 29, 2016
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt is a really good book; we're all selfish & groupish      source