Sometimes even positive, favorable book-reviews succeed in dissuading readers from reading the book in question, or at least in making such reading pointless. A case in point is “The Confidence Game” by journalist Maria Konnikova, reviewed by TIME, February 1, 2016. Her thesis is that humans are psychologically programmed to be gullible. This perfectly gratuitous, groundless affirmation, unjustifiably based on multiple examples of real-life fraud, is, of course, contradicted by the fact that qualified experts in human evolution know that we are programmed genetically, biologically and I suppose psychologically, solely for the survival of our species. The rest is hogwash. It is true, as the author asserts, that “what a confidence artist sells is hope . . . that you’ll be happier, healthier, richer”. The reviewer profoundly paraphrases the author’s incredibly insightful text by saying that “it’s best to question these hopes, no matter how real they seem”, and concludes with a self-evident quotation from the book that the best defence “is knowledge, pure and simple” !
Had the reviewer or the writer read this Blog, they would have discovered numerous examples of gullibility and blindfaithblindfolly that make the writing and reading of this book unnecessary.