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Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed by Guy P. Harrison – review

Think Before You Like: Social Media's Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your NewsfeedThink Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed by Guy P. Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given access to a digital Uncorrected Advance Reading Copy of this, due to be published November 7th, 2017, from Prometheus Books through Edelweiss.

I’ve not yet read any other books by the author, but the titles and descriptions tell me that they appear to be consistent with this book. In one of his bios, he says

I am a human who warns humans about being human. I use my imperfect brain to talk and write about the human brain’s imperfections. I try to overcome my irrational beliefs and subconscious miscues so that I may better teach others about the problems of irrational belief and subconscious miscues.

I think he does that with this book. I requested it based on the title and the brief description, hoping to add another to the critical thinking toolbox I loan out every now and then. Mr. Harrison says in his Introduction

This is not a book aimed at dumb or gullible people. This book is for smart, reasonable people, just like you. [Keep going…the flattery is fleeting…] The social media arena is a place where human minds are manipulated and steered for someone else’s gain with stunning success. […] Those who believe they would never fall for a silly belief already have. Anyone who thinks she can’t be outwitted by thousands of engineers working to hook users, is asking for trouble.

And that is a good start. Continue reading

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