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The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions | [Rolf Dobelli]

The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions

Have you ever...Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Overpayed in an Ebay auction? Continued doing 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 cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking.
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The secrets of perfect decision-making.

Have you ever...Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Overpayed in an Ebay auction? Continued doing 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 cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better choices - whether dealing with a personal problem or a business negotiation; trying to save money or make money; working out what we do or don't want in life, and how best to get it.

An international best-seller, The Art of Thinking Clearly is essential listening for anyone with important decisions to make. It reveals, in 100 short chapters, the most common errors of judgment, and how to avoid them. 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.

©2013 Rolf Dobelli (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Ronel Cape Town, South Africa 03-31-14
    Ronel Cape Town, South Africa 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A summary of so many books"
    What did you love best about The Art of Thinking Clearly?

    It's a summary of Thinking fast and slow / invisible gorilla / predictably irrational: Overall quick and precise reflection of a big collection of theories.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Thinking Clearly to and why?

    Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Khanemann - very similar just shorter with less detail on case studies


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chus
    UK
    2/26/14
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    "Massive disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Despite his claims of 'researching a vast amount of scientific evidence and literature' there's nothing terribly original here. Overall the book feels like a reworking of Daniel Kahneman's and other's works (including his hero Warren Buffet, who's cited innumerable times). In fact, the book could have very well being cut by 50% without much loss. The first few chapters are okay overall (hence my two star rating), but then it descends into a succession of platitudes and half-cooked arguments.There are other bits that are at the very best amusing, and at times annoying, like the over-representation of Swiss contribution to the human knowledge or some tints of 'misogynistic' innuendo... Anyway, that's not the worse of this books faults.The overall tone of the book is patronizing, made much worse by the pompous tone of the narrator. There are parts that require an enormous self-control effort to not smash the audio while listening. The author takes an arrogant perspective on many of the subjects he approaches, even classifying as 'idiotic' some behaviors, but he lacks the sincerity to admit his lack of knowledge in key aspects of psychology and neuroscience that is broadly evident across the book (funnily enough, the author stresses we should be warned against stepping out our 'circle of competence'). In summary, probably you're better off by reading Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink", Daniel Kahneman's "thinking fast and slow", Ben Goldacre "Bad Science" and Chip and Dan Heath's "Decisive". At least these carry on considerable more weight.


    What could Rolf Dobelli have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep it within his 'circle of competence'. He tries too hard to guide us all mere mortals to scape our errors, but in doing so he portraits himself as the expert he is not.The book feels like just another poor 'self-help' attempt (a genre, by the way, heavily condemned by the author).He should have tried a more humble and down-to-earth approach to the problem he's trying to approach.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?

    Either Jonathan Keeble has done a superb job in reflecting the patronizing tone of the book or his narrating style is making it a hundred fold more obvious. I would have appreciated a more 'approachable' voice, one of us mere mortals...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Massive disappointment and at times anger about the nonsense included in it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Clive
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Interesting is muddled"
    If you could sum up The Art of Thinking Clearly in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, random, thoughtful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It challenges the way you think about everyday situations, statistics and news.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He narrates it with humour and notably engaging inflection. It is not a 'story' but a collection of observations and advice on how to analyse and consider news, statistics and life in general, so it needed someone who could liven up the 'dry' content which he mostly does successfully.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that makes you think about how you think, what you take for granted and why a lot of what you see in the media might, in fact, be rubbish! It concentrates a bit too much on 'money' but having said that I really enjoyed it. It will certainly help me stop and think before reaching erroneous conclusions in the future. My only criticism is that it could provide a bit more of an 'overview' as this amounts to a collection of fairly random musings without much guidance on when and how to apply them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    canary wharf, United Kingdom
    10/14/14
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    "It is a list"

    Although I enjoyed this book it is somehow pedestrian. Dobelli makes no bones about this : he is reporting the work of others, and the book's origin is his own notebook of useful mental glitches to avoid. There are lots of things to like - the completeness of his review, listing, it seems to me, most of the fascinating examples from behavioural economics of the past four decades, and his European perspective, in contrast to the many US-based authors in this field. (Dobelli has defected to New York, but his heart is still in Switzerland, and his memories and friends are still Euro-centric). What the book lacks, is the dazzle, coherence and wit of someone like Kahneman, or the personality of Jamie Whyte (Bad Thoughts) but that is clearly an inhuman standard to apply.

    This is more like a reminder and check list. Still good listening.

    Narration is professional quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella
    Old LANGHO, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Some interesting concepts"
    If you could sum up The Art of Thinking Clearly in three words, what would they be?

    Certainly gives you something to think about


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters in this book


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He reads clearly and concisely but a bit boring from time to time.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was an interesting read - not emotional!


    Any additional comments?

    The book introduced some interesting concepts - a lot that happen in ever day life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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