The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly

Book - 2013
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The Art of Thinking Clearly by world-class thinker and entrepreneur Rolf Dobelli is an eye-opening look at human psychology and reasoning -- essential reading for anyone who wants to avoid "cognitive errors" and make better choices in all aspects of their lives.

Have you ever: Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Or continued doing something you knew was bad for you? These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better decisions.

Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision-making--work, at home, every day. It reveals, in 99 short chapters, the most common errors of judgment, and how to avoid them.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062219688
Branch Call Number: 153.42 DOB
Characteristics: xviii, 358 p. ; 22 cm

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6675tap
Nov 29, 2015

It's difficult to see how all of the authors' friends could take his advice about the news without the author having to modify his own strategy for keeping up with the news.

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Sabine3
Jan 24, 2015

A clever book explaining how we all fall into cognitive traps, and the difference between 'hot' and 'cold' thinking, that is, intuitive and rational. Divided into 100 short chapters, it's easy to read and very thought provoking.

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JakeHalfDone
Dec 06, 2014

Did not enjoy. Author opinions presented as facts from studies.

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geojj
Jul 09, 2014

This is a wonderful introduction to the many logical fallacies that derail our decision-making processes.

The author, a German Swiss novelist and entrepreneur, has an easygoing, conversational writing style. He uses lots of real examples to show how hard it is to break free of these barriers to clear, logical thinking.

Upside:
The book is broken into mini-chapters of only a page or two each. This enables the busy reader to finish a few chapters during a work break or right before going to sleep at night.

The author also encourages the reader to learn more about each topic with suggestions of other books.

Downside:
Too much name-dropping of all the rich and famous people he knows. Gets irritating after the tenth reference. He hangs out with Warren Buffet. I am so impressed. Not really.

Also too many of his examples come from the areas of business and investment for the average reader. How about a few more examples from normal everyday family life that normal people can relate to?

Overall:
A good book, definitely worth your time. Will make you think differently from the very first pages. A-/B+

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cdimov
Aug 30, 2013

Rolf Dobelli does very thorough job of stepping through many common different errors in thinking. He forms a clear, short and quick style of stating a fallacy or bias, defining it, and describing it in three pages, then moves on to the next psychological error or trap. He makes his way through 99 such cognitive errors through the book. Great style, succinct, and packed with fascinating information.

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