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Review of The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap is an entertaining read on “why smart people do stupid things” and on many of the problems of good decision-making. The first section of the book focuses on how things go wrong, and why IQ, education and expertise often increase stupidity.

In the second section of the book David Robson discusses tools and techniques for avoiding ‘the intelligence trap’ including discussions of self-reflection and spotting lies and misinformation.  The third section of the book discusses some of the principles of better education.

The final section of the book applies many of the same approaches to group decision-making and how teams and organisations can avoid the traps that ‘the crowd’ can fall into. The Intelligence Trap is a good read for anyone interested in wiser decision-making and improved learning styles.

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