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Published in 2017, “The Elephant in the Brain” is an insightful book that takes readers on a journey into the hidden motives that shape human behavior and influence decisions.

Author and software developer Kevin Simler and economics professor Robin Hanson delve deep into the subconscious factors behind people’s life choices and what motivates them to act in certain ways.

The book explores the idea that many human behaviors are influenced by hidden motives, evolutionary drives, social signals, and other unconscious aspects that the conscious mind does not recognize.

Using a variety of examples and case studies, the authors address the elephant in the room – the unspoken and unflattering secrets behind everything from career choices and charitable giving to laughter and attraction. They invite readers to question personal motives, decisions and biases and to reflect on themselves.

One of the strengths of the book is its interdisciplinary approach, which brings together insights from several fields, including psychology, biology and economics, to give the reader a more comprehensive picture.

Still, The Elephant in the Brain could be a challenging read, as it explores ideas about the nature of human behavior that some readers may find uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, the authors skillfully maintain an objective, non-judgmental tone throughout, encouraging readers to approach the subject with a spirit of self-reflection and intellectual curiosity.

The Elephant in the Brain is well researched and a good choice for anyone who wants to understand the hidden driving forces behind human decisions.

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