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David McRaney    

Author, Lecturer, Digital Media and TV Producer/Writer/Editor, Hosting/Voiceover Talent

A two-time winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, journalist David McRaney is the author of You Are Not So Smart, an entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. Based on his popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

In 2009, he started the blog, You Are Not So Smart, and began writing regularly about the psychology behind common biases, delusions, heuristics, and fallacies. That blog became the bestselling book in 2011 and he is now working on a sequel and has recently branched out into a podcast exploring the same themes.

A self- described psychology nerd, David is a director of digital media for Raycom where he also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a television show focusing on the music of the Deep South.

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You Are Unaware of How Unaware You Are

Being a person is hard, so every copy of the human brain comes pre-installed with a collection of self-delusions to help get you out of bed and keep you sane. Whether it's your battle with procrastination, your fanatical devotion to a particular brand or political party, or your tendency to fall for quackery, there is a lot you can learn from science about how you salve cognitive dissonance and live in the shadow of fictional personal narratives. Author of the book You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney, takes you on a tour of the cognitive biases, logical fallacies, and invisible heuristics you use every day to make sense of the world. From stories about how Benjamin Franklin turned a hater into a fan, how Bill Clinton used to wear a magical amulet, to how getting picked last can make it impossible to resist chocolate chip cookies, McRaney takes his audience through a fun and funny tour of the most interesting research in psychology in an attempt to better understand the mental stumbling blocks littered through the normal human mind. The end result, he hopes, is a shared sense of humility that can help make life better for both individuals and institutions.

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