In this intriguing, contrarian book, McCabe turns cognitive science on its head by challenging entrenched theories of perception and cognition in dcquiring our knowledge of the world. Despite rumors to the contrary, we are evolved to perceive and understand the world around us -- what things are and how they work -- on a subliminal level. That's how we escape extinction, avoid walking into walls, know when someone is happy or sad, and pick up our own child from school rather than a neighbor's.
McCabe argues that we too often put ourselves, our ecosystems, and our economies at risk by relying on the wrong type of information (theories), the wrong process (thinking), and a false worldview. She writes that sensory information -- that gut feeling of recognition -- is better to see and use in cases as diverse as escaping tsunamis, diagnosing cancer, saving people on a battleship, or winning the Super Bowl.
Viki McCabe is a cognitive scientiest and a Visiting Scholar at UCLA. She has written three other books and is a prize-winning Japanese Garden designer, artist, and photographer.
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