Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives by Professor Richard Wiseman
Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in you life. While other scientist beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, "Quirkology" brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. It is comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How honest are we? Really? What are the crucial three questions to ask on any date? Does frowning make you miserable? What is the truth about charisma? and How does the pace of life differ from town to town in the UK?