The Intelligence Trap
Published in the UK and Commonwealth in March 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton.
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Published in the US and Canada in August 2019 by WW Norton.
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My first book, The Intelligence Trap, was published in 2019. It examines the reasons intelligent and educated people make stupid mistakes. It was three years in the making as I interviewed the world’s experts about the reasons that great brainpower can somehow backfire, and the ways we can sidestep those cognitive pitfalls. The UK paperback is out now. You can buy the US paperback here.
How was a brilliant physics professor tricked into carrying 2kg of cocaine across the Argentinian border? Why do doctors misdiagnose 10 to 15% of their patients? Why do Nobel Prize winners spread fake news?
We assume that smarter people are less prone to error. But greater education and expertise can often amplify our mistakes while rendering us blind to our biases. This is the ‘intelligence trap’.
Drawing on the latest behavioural science and historical examples from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin, David Robson demonstrates how to apply our intelligence more wisely; identify bias and enhance our ‘rationality quotient’; read and regulate our emotions; fine-tune our intuition; navigate ambiguity and uncertainty; and think more flexibly about seemingly intractable problems.
The twenty-first century presents us with complex problems that demand a wiser way of thinking. Whether you are a NASA scientist or a school student, The Intelligence Trap offers a new cognitive toolkit to realise your full potential.
An Evening Standard instant best-seller. Extracts, interviews and articles about The Intelligence Trap have featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The BBC, CNN, New Scientist, Psychology Today, Business Standard, Popular Science, strategy+business, El Mundo & La Stampa.
Hear in-depth radio and podcast interviews on ABC All in the Mind and ABC Nightlife, BBC’s Beyond Today, Radiolab, Curious Minds, Adam Connover’s Factually and Slate’s The Gist.