The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly

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Have you ever . . .

Invested time in something that, in hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Paid too much in an eBay auction? Continued to do something you knew was bad for you? Sold stocks too late, or too early? Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances? Backed the wrong horse?

These are examples of what the author calls cognitive biases, simple errors all of us make in day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to identify them, we can avoid them and make better choices: whether in dealing with personal problems or business negotiations, trying to save money or earn profits, or merely working out what we really want in life--and strategizing the best way to get it.

Already an international bestseller, The Art of Thinking Clearly distills cutting-edge research from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience into a clever, practical guide for anyone who's ever wanted to be wiser and make better decisions. A novelist, thinker, and entrepreneur, Rolf Dobelli deftly shows that in order to lead happier, more prosperous lives, we don't need extra cunning, new ideas, shiny gadgets, or more frantic hyperactivity--all we need is less irrationality.

Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision making--at work, at home, every day. From why you shouldn't accept a free drink to why you should walk out of a movie you don't like, from why it's so hard to predict the future to why you shouldn't watch the news, The Art of Thinking Clearly helps solve the puzzle of human reasoning.

Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780062359803
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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JCLMikeK Aug 31, 2018

Some good advice scattered throughout, but I was hoping for something a little meatier. Overall it's a pretty casual trip through common errors in thinking that feels more like a collection of semi-useful newspaper columns than a guide to the art of thinking clearly.

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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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