Misadventures of the Human Brain

When I was a teenager, I remember going with my parents to buy a new car.
The car certainly wasn’t for me, no matter how much I begged and pleaded with the might of my newly minted driver’s license. The car was for my mother; she had gotten into a minor accident, which our insurance company had deemed major enough to cover the cost of a new car. Many years later, it is still one of the few positive interactions I would ever have with insurance companies.

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Brain Blunders: Uncover Everyday Illusions and Fallacies, Defeat Your Flawed Thinking Habits, And Think Smarter (Or Just Less Stupidly) By Peter Hollins

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Episode Transcript


I distinctly remember this day because I remember the salesperson that we dealt with—or rather tolerated. If you could create an untrustworthy salesperson in a lab, you would come up with this man. If you looked up the word “sleazy” in the dictionary, his picture would be next to it. He was the stereotype of a slimy salesman who would pat your back and keep repeating your name in an annoying fashion. His palms were sweaty and he shook your hand for far too long. It was like he had read all the advice of what not to do in sales and taken it as a challenge.

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