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Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives [Paperback]

Prof. Richard Wiseman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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7 Sep 2007
From the bestselling author of 59 Seconds

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (7 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230702155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230702158
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner’s infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?

About the Author

Richard Wiseman is Britain’s only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas including deception, luck, humour and the paranormal. He is the psychologist most frequently quoted by the British media and his research has been featured on over 150 television programmes in the UK. He is regularly heard on Radio 4 and feature articles about his work have appeared prominently throughout the national press.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not much to review here, because there is so much information contained in this book that it really has to speak for itself. Suffice to say, it is just what I like best - a fascinating look at the quirky side of human psychology. Wiseman has compiled a huge amount of research on the funny little aspects of human life that we might not otherwise think twice about, weaving them together in a very accessible and humorous way that compliments the subject matter.

Do you want to find out why there are so many fishermen named Fisher, or so many people called Louis in St. Louis? The funniest joke in the world, and how you can be led to remember events that never happened? Why Friday 13th is really unlucky, and which religion produces the best Good Samaritans? How much life has really sped up over recent years, and how to tell whether someone is lying? If the answer is yes, read this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun. 13 May 2008
By susie
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This is great fun; an easy to dip into, undemanding read.

Worth buying, if only to do the experiment to find out whether you are a good liar or not, or to read the world's funniest joke!

It did not get full marks from me because I found that, after a great start, it tails off towards the end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Jun 2008
A fantastic book, I was gripped from start to finish.
Richard Wiseman sums up a few of the subjects covered towards the end of the book that would prove great conversation at a dinner party. This does not disapoint.
The book is written so well it reads itself, and the humour is present throughout.
As a first psycology book, I found it left me wanting to read more about our curious Quirkological behaviours (and the ingenious ways scientists have found to expose them).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky book filled with good pub ammo 28 Jun 2008
By A.Miah
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This book is very easy to read and hard to put down. It answers all those questions that we all have but are afraid to ask because they are not deemed to be "clever" enough.

Buy this and then when the converstation is running dry just mention one of the numerous facts and quirks that you have learned. You will impress and enlighted those around you.
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