A world-class thinker counts the ways--100 in all--in which humans behave irrationally, showing us what we can do to recognize and minimize these thinking errors for better decisions and a better life.
Despite the best of intentions, humans are notoriously bad-that is, irrational-when it comes to making decisions and assessing risks and tradeoffs. Psychologists and neuroscientists refer to these distinctly human foibles, biases, and thinking traps as cognitive errors. Cognitive errors are systematic deviances from rationality, from optimized, logical, rational thinking and behavior. We make these errors all the time, in all sorts of situations, for problems big and small: whether to choose the apple or the cupcake; whether to keep retirement funds in the stock market when the Dow tanks, or whether to take the advice of a friend over a stranger.
The behavioral turn in neuroscience and economics in the past twenty years has increased our understanding of how we think and how we make decisions. It shows how systematic errors mar our thinking and under which conditions our thought processes work best and worst. Evolutionary psychology delivers convincing theories about why our thinking is, in fact, marred. The neurosciences can pinpoint with increasing precision what exactly happens when we think clearly and when we don't.
Drawing on this wide body of research, The Art of Thinking Clearly is an entertaining presentation of these known systematic thinking errors--offering guidance and insight into everything from why you shouldn't accept a free drink to why you SHOULD walk out of a movie you don't like to why it's so hard to predict the future to why we shouldn't watch the news. The book is organized into 100 short chapters, each covering a single cognitive error, bias, or heuristic. Examples of these concepts include: Reciprocity, Confirmation Bias, The It-Gets-Better-Before-It-Gets-Worse Trap, and the Man-With-A-Hammer Tendency. In engaging prose and with real-world examples and anecdotes, The Art of Thinking Clearly helps solve the puzzle of human reasoning.
Rolf Dobelli is a bestselling writer and entrepreneur. He founded ZURICH.MINDS, a community of some of the world's most famed and distinguished thinkers, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs including Nobel prize winner Kurt Wuthrich, Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Black Swan), Matt Ridley (The Rational Optimist), philosopher Daniel Dennett and many others.
Dobelli co-founded getAbstract, the world's largest publisher of compressed knowledge with 8,000 licensed business book summaries online. He writes a weekly column on cognitive errors for Switzerland's largest Sunday newspaper and Die Ziet, reviews books for The Washington Post, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Harvard Management Update. Dobelli lives in Lucerne, Switzerland, and is an experienced public speaker, as well as an accomplished sailor and pilot.
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