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An eye-opening examination of the stupid things smart people do -- and how to cultivate skills to protect ourselves from error.Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else, they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the "intelligence trap," the subject of David Robson's fascinating and provocative book.The Intelligence Trap explores cutting-edge ideas in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, including "strategic ignorance," "meta-forgetfulness," and "functional stupidity." Robson reveals the surprising ways that even the brightest minds and most talented organizations can go wrong -- from some of Thomas Edison's worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI.

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David Robson

David Robson is an award-winning playwright whose work for the stage has been hailed as "compelling", "forceful", and "gut-wrenching" by the New York Times, and "an important contribution to contemporary theater" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. His plays include CONSENT; CLAY WARRIOR; MULEHEADED; AFTER BIRTH OF A NATION; PRICELESS; PLAYING THE ASSASSIN; PLAYING LENI (co-written with John Stanton) ; A FEW SMALL REPAIRS; MAN MEASURES MAN (Barrymore Award nomination) ; and AFTER DENMARK. Work has been produced by TheaterWorks Hartford, Delaware Theatre Company, Penguin Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, and Act II Playhouse, among others. Robson is recipient of the Hotel Obligado Audience Choice Award for New Work. Other honors include the Susan McIntyre Playwriting Award, the Panowski Playwriting Award (runner-up) , and two playwriting fellowships and two grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Play development: Bated Breath Theatre (Hartford, CT) , Lark (NYC) , White Pines Productions (Philadelphia, PA) , City Theater Company (Wilmington, DE) , Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, NE) , Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, AK) , Rebel Theatre (NYC) , and New Theatre (Coral Gables, FL) . His plays and monologues are published by Smith and Kraus and Original Works Publishing. David is a member of the Dramatists' Guild, the Playwrights' Center, and is a former playwright in residence at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. He is also the author of more than 20 books for young adults, including Shakespeare's Globe Theater, The Murder of Emmett Till, and The Black Arts Movement. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, an MS in English Education from St. Joseph's University, and a BA in Communications from Temple University.

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