Jordan News | Latest News from Jordan, MENA
November 27 2021 1:22 AM ˚
e-paper Subscribe Sign in My Account Sign out

Useful Delusions by Shankar Vedantam

useful delusions by shankar vedantam
Useful Delusions by Shankar Vedantam
  • +
  • -
AMMAN — From the New York Times best-selling author and host of Hidden Brain comes a thought-provoking look at the role of self-deception in human flourishing.اضافة اعلان

Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In “Useful Delusions,” Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being. The lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and co-workers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations hold together while others splinter.

The book is co-written by science writer Bill Mesler but presented in Vedantam’s voice. There’s something about the latter’s spoken voice that’s both soothing and authoritative. Whatever it is, when Vedantam tells stories on his podcast and radio show he’s a joy to listen to.

Read more book reviews