Review From User :
Absolutely In love with this books, I fulfils its title. A good way of reading it would be highlighting the clearest example in each fallacy in addition to the conclusion. I would say at the end sit down with a pen and paper and try to apply each to your life to consolidate the learning, make a list of all and in important decisions make sure they are error free.
A passage from the epilogue
"Even highly intelligent people fall to the same cognitive traps. Likewise, errors are not randomly distributed. We systematically err in the same direction. That makes our mistakes predictable, and thus fixable to a degree- but only to a degree, never completely"
The Art of Thinking Clearly is a 2013 book which describes in short chapters 99 of the most common thinking errors – ranging from cognitive biases to elements like envy and social distortions.
The book was originally written as weekly columns in leading newspapers in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and later in two German books. The book has been in the top ten of Germany’s Der Spiegel Bestseller list for 80 weeks in a row and has been translated in many languages.
Besides Germany and Switzerland, book hit the top ten bestseller lists in the U.K, South Korea, India, Ireland and Singapore.
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 audiobook 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.