The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly

Book - 2013
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An exploration of human reasoning reveals how to recognize and avoid simple errors in our day-to-day thinking in order to transform the decision-making process.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062219695
9780062219688
0062219685
Branch Call Number: 153.42 DOBELLI
Characteristics: xviii, 358 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Griffin, Nicky

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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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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

Avoid negative things that you cannot grow accustomed to, such as commuting, noise, or chronic stress. Exepct only short-term happiness from material things, such as cars, houses, lottery winnings, bonuses, and prizes.

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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

Anchors abound, and we all clutch at them.

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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

Assess products and services solely on the basis of their price and benefits.

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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

A friend who deals in oil pumps told me how he once closed an eight-figure deal for a pipeline in Russia. "Bribery?" I enquired..."We were chatting, and suddenly we got on to the topic of sailing. It turned out that both of us-the buyer and me-were die-hard 470 dinghy fans. From that moment on, he liked me; I was a friend. So the deal was sealed. Amiability works better than bribery.

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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

Think carefully about what you want before you inspect existing offers. Write down these criteria and stick to them rigidly...Instead, learn to love a "good" choice...Only the best will do? In this age of unlimited variety, rather the opposite is true: "Good enough" is the new optium.

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awayfromkeyboard
Feb 23, 2019

In other words, you assess the process and not the result...Never judge a decision purely by its result especially when randomness and "external factors" play a role. A bad result does not automatically indicate a bad decision and vice versa. So rather than tearing your hair out about a wrong decision, or applauding yourself for one that may have only coincidentally led to success, remember why you chose what you did. Were your reasons rational and understandable? Then you would do well to stick with that method, even if you didn't strike it lucky last time.

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