David McRaney

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  • Science Journalist
  • Internationally Bestselling Author, 'You Are Not So Smart' and 'How Minds Change'
  • Creator and Host, 'You Are Not So Smart' Podcast
  • Expert in the Psychology of Reasoning and Decision-Making



Science journalist, podcaster, and internationally bestselling author David McRaney is an expert in the psychology of reasoning, decision making, and self-delusion. His wildly popular blog became the international bestselling book You Are Not So Smart, revealing and celebrating our irrational and thoroughly human behavior. His second bestseller, You Are Now Less Dumb, gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their brains. His most recent book, How Minds Change, is a brain-bending and big-hearted investigation into the science of belief, opinion, and persuasion. An in-demand speaker, McRaney shares his insights about popular science, psychology, and how we think, offering analysis that resonates in today’s most important conversations.

McRaney’s work has been featured in PoliticoSalonBoing BoingThe Atlantic, and many others. He hosts the podcast You Are Not So Smart, interviewing scientists who study the psychology of reasoning. He also created and hosted Exploring Genius: In-Depth Study of Brilliant Minds, an audio documentary for Himalaya, and is working on a TV series about how to better predict the psychological impact of technological disruption. McRaney is an inspiring thought leader, and his science-backed and practical takeaways make a major impact on audiences of all kinds.

 

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How Minds Change

How do our beliefs and opinions change so drastically from one period of time to another? David McRaney has uncovered and woven together the latest research across fields of psychology—research that reveals that even though it seems like real change takes generations to become visible, it can happen ...

How do our beliefs and opinions change so drastically from one period of time to another? David McRaney has uncovered and woven together the latest research across fields of psychology—research that reveals that even though it seems like real change takes generations to become visible, it can happen within a lifetime, within minutes. McRaney explores changes big and small, from gun control and marijuana legalization, to the changes we experience every day. He reveals new ways we can see and bring about change in our individual lives, at work, at home, and in our personal relationships.

 

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 ...

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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<p><strong>David McRaney is an expert on changing our thinking in his new book <em>How Minds Change</em></strong></p>

David McRaney is an expert on changing our thinking in his new book How Minds Change

Internationally bestselling author DAVID MCRANEY is an expert in the psychology of reasoning, and he explores the science – and the experience – of transformation in his new book, How Minds Change. McRaney's new book is a business must-read, earning a spot on consulting company McKinsey's & Co's summer reading guide. His previous books You Are Not So Smart and You Are Now Less Dumb have become international bestsellers, cementing his position as a thought leader. Told with McRaney’s trademark sense of humor, compassion, and scientific curiosity, How Minds Change an eye-opening journey among cult members, conspiracy theorists, and political activists, ultimately challenging us to question our own motives and beliefs. Delving into the latest research of psychologists and neuroscientists, McRaney offers a brain-bending and big-hearted investigation into the surprising science of belief, opinion, and persuasion.

The renowned reasoning expert and podcaster leaves us with a powerful question to consider as we face a misinformation epidemic and increasing polarization: can we rise to the occasion with empathy? Mastercard Senior VP, Mimi Alemayehou, says McRaney has the answer: "Worried that paranoia, irrationality, and intransigence are destroying civilization? Fear not. Believes on deeply held, hot-button issues can be changed, often with astonishing speed. McRaney's deft storytelling explains how." McRaney reveals new ways we can see and bring about change in our individual lives, at work, at home, and in our personal relationships in thought-provoking writing, keynotes, and conversations.

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David McRaney is a science journalist and an internationally bestselling author, podcaster, and lecturer who created You Are Not So Smart, a podcast where today he continues to interview scientists who study the psychology of reasoning, decision-making, and self-delusion.

David began a blog writing about the psychology of reasoning in 2009. That blog became an internationally bestselling book, You Are Not So Smart, now available in 18 languages. His second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, released in July of 2013, and his third book, How Minds Change, all about the surprising science of belief, opinion, and persuasion, will be released by Penguin in 2022.

In 2015, David appeared as himself in a national ad campaign for Reebok which he co-wrote. His writing has also been featured in Politico, Salon, Boing Boing, The Atlantic and others, and he has written ad campaigns for Heineken, Duck Tape, and a few more. In 2021, he wrote and recorded an audio documentary about IQ and genius for Himalaya, and he co-produced a television show with James Burke about how to better predict the psychological impact of technological disruption.

Before all that, he cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Later, he covered topics like who tests rockets for NASA, what it is like to run a halfway home for homeless people who are HIV-positive, and how a family sent their kids to college by making and selling knives. Since then, he has been an editor, photographer, voiceover artist, television host, journalism teacher, lecturer, and tornado survivor. Before You Are Not So Smart, he worked for several years as the head of digital media for WDAM-TV where he also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a TV show about the music of the Deep South.