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Quirkology

The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

By Richard Wiseman
12-minute read
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Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives by Richard Wiseman

Quirkology (2007) takes a uniquely scientific look at some common questions that are often dismissed as trivial: What kind of impact does astrology have on our lives? Is the number 13 really unlucky? Can a joke truly be harmful? And more!

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“These blinks are fantastic! They look into academic studies of the weird and wonderful to explain many of our quirks and peculiarities. For example, did you know you can tell a liar by the way they draw a “Q”? And that black cats are nothing to be feared? These blinks are just packed with fascinating anecdotes and examples.”

– Thomas, English Editorial Lead at Blinkist

  • Readers who enjoy quirky scientific facts and experiments
  • People who like to debunk superstitions and myths
  • Anyone interested in popular psychology

Richard Wiseman is Professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He specializes in magic, astrology, deception and the paranormal. His other books include Rip It Up, The Luck Factor and 59 Seconds.

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