Summary of The Knowledge Illusion
From THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach. Summarized by arrangement with Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.
Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach offer insight into how to improve team efficiency. The human brain didn’t evolve to retain voluminous data. Instead, it skims off the most important facts and features about any situation or phenomenon. As a result, the database inside an individual’s head is usually pretty shallow. The key to more effective teamwork is to recognize that thought is a group activity – not an individual one. When people share their individual storehouses of knowledge, they constitute a powerful group intelligence. Tapping into this communal mind, groups of individuals have generated very complex solutions and technologies. Sloman and Fernbach advise businesses and organizations to focus less on brilliant individuals and more on enabling team members to cultivate group brilliance. getAbstract recommends this highly readable, nontechnical account to managers, inventors, researchers, policy makers and educators.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why most people understand less about the world than they think they do,
- How this “knowledge illusion” evolved and
- How detailed knowledge disperses among members of a community.
About the Authors
Steven Sloman teaches cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University. Philip Fernbach is a cognitive scientist who teaches marketing at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Get the key points from this book in 10 minutes.
For your company
We help you build a culture of continuous learning.
Comment on this summary
Customers who read this summary also read
Oxford UP, 2017
Brian Boxer Wachler
New World Library, 2017
Brent Adamson et al.