Tired of being surrounded by deception? Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin will help you find the truth in everyday situations.
We're surrounded by lies and distortions. Everyone is capable of believing things that have no basis in fact. People are capable of embracing even unreasonable and horrible concepts. As incredible as it may seem now, in Nazi Germany, Adolph Hitler had millions of followers who accepted his racist ideas and the mass murder that followed. Principles of racial superiority were widely accepted as the truth, and those who did not accept them could not speak out freely. Today as throughout history, governments, organizations and individuals go to great lengths to see that their proclamations are recognized as the truth.
Illusions offered to you in daily life can be subtle, while still affecting you directly. Some illusions can make you miserable and even kill you. For example, you need to know if particular foods that taste perfectly fine can hurt you in the short term (as with Salmonella contamination) or in the long term (cholesterol). You need to know if what you spend your money on is durable or junk, and whether the people you are attracted to are as considerate as they seem at first. Being able to see quickly beyond surface appearances allows you to get the facts you need to make good decisions.
But gaining those insights can be a challenge. In business and social interactions, people offer each other only selective presentations of the truth. This book demonstrates how to counteract: (1) people whose job it is to sell us incomplete versions of the available facts (2) our own willingness to believe what we want to believe and (3) the simple absence of complete, accurate information.
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