The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Book review by Deane Barker
tags: psychology
Kevin Simler

A good discussion about our hidden motives in all sorts of cognitive arenas like art, religion, politics, etc. We spend most of lives lying to ourselves about why we do things.

Their thoughts on healthcare are interesting. Namely, we over-user health care because we take comfort in the idea that health care exists. We want to re-assure ourselves that there’s a safety net for us.

An entertaining read. Even if you don’t remember many specifics, you’ll forever question your motives for doing things.

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