52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 24

The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach

Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach write about how humans seek, understand, and collaborate to use knowledge in The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone. The authors explain our relationship to knowledge by positing that, as individuals, we are more ignorant than we think we are, that we have an illusion of understanding, and how we participate in a “community of knowledge”.

Sloman and Fernbach talk about how collaboration is necessary in order to achieve great feats. They give an example of how one person could not have created a space shuttle and flown it to the moon – it required collaboration among a huge amount of people. We use the community of knowledge around us to solve problems.

This book is a fascinating look into the way we think and how we operate within various communities. The authors did a great job making the content relatable, personable, and interesting. I personally think about collaboration a lot in the library – how we collaborate to create programs, improve services, and work with patrons to help them meet their needs. By having access to materials and people, we can help others find information and create better ways for individuals to access information.

If you like reading about how we think, how humans interact with one another, or cognitive science, you would probably enjoy this book. Click here to place a hold.


Created by Meghan Moran on Nov 5th, 2017 @ 3:28 PM.
Updated on Nov 7th, 2017 @ 2:28 PM.