The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

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Thanks to Dobelli’s easy-going prose and deceptively simple bite-sized ideas...many of his points seem better suited to a book called The Art of the Blindingly Obvious. Yet what he does is pinpoint exactly the assumptions...that shape our thinking...
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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.

 

About Rolf Dobelli

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Rolf Dobelli is a bestselling writer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Zurich.Minds, a community of some of the world's most famed and distinguished thinkers, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs, and co-founded getAbstract, the world's largest publisher of compressed knowledge. A thinker, novelist, sailor and pilot, he lives in Lucerne, Switzerland.
 
Published May 6, 2014 by Harper Paperbacks. 387 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Delves Broughton on May 22 2013

When should we take the time to gather more facts? How should we sift through them? And how do we balance thought and feeling in making a decision? Mr. Dobelli addresses this issue, all too briefly, in his epilogue.

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Reviewed by Carl Wilkinson on May 24 2013

Thanks to Dobelli’s easy-going prose and deceptively simple bite-sized ideas...many of his points seem better suited to a book called The Art of the Blindingly Obvious. Yet what he does is pinpoint exactly the assumptions...that shape our thinking...

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