- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 6 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062219693
- ISBN-13: 978-0062219695
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,100 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Thinking Clearly Paperback – May 6 2014
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We are all guilty of cognitive biases, simple errors we 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. The Art of Thinking Clearly shows that in order to lead happier, more prosperous lives, we don't need extra cunning, new ideas, shiny gadgets, or more frantic activity--all we need is less irrationality. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this book will change the way you think and transform your decision making. From why you should not 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.--Iris Bohnet, Professor and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory
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To me, the title appeared superfluous first.
It turned out to be a beautiful summary, not more than three or four pages per chapter, of various biases and fallacies. The book scores very high from utility point of view though
nothing what Rolf has written appears original.
Rolf intended this to be a list of Thinking errors which he would glance over before taking any major decision. It could serve same purpose to the reader.
Epilogue at the end of the book is a must read.
It’s little wonder that this book has become a best seller, and it’s a pity that other writers of this genre (or their editors) don’t change their often clunky and waffling style and adopt Dobelli’s refreshing, direct approach. The book is worth every penny. (07/15)
It’s a book that you will use again and again to live an error free life.
The book has short chapters, with each describing a particular bias and a list of related biases.
The only criticism I have is that there is some repetition as the author tries to make the number of chapters up to a hundred.
Since reading it, I often catch myself falling into the thinking traps explained here. Whether this leads to me making better decisions, who knows.
For those genuinely looking to build a better thinking and rationale and do not mind putting lots of effort to it than I find this the perfect book.
I thoroughly recommend it. My next read will be Thinking,fats and slow by Daniel Kahneman to help me go a bit deeper.