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
It's a summary of Thinking fast and slow / invisible gorilla / predictably irrational: Overall quick and precise reflection of a big collection of theories.
Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Khanemann - very similar just shorter with less detail on case studies
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.
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.
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...
Massive disappointment and at times anger about the nonsense included in it.
"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.
Robots. Alternatively human beings tired of the whole 'humanity' factor in their lives, looking for discouragement in any endeavour they undertake, wanting their wings clipped and ambitions crushed by a politely arrogant, know-it-all "realist". The message seems to be 'You think you can achieve something extraordinary? Think again."
The scene where the reader taps 'stop' in the middle of a chapter, deletes the audiobook and gets on with their life, having minimised the damage to their spirit caused by this book.
I would not have it published.
Some factual or anecdotal analysis was interesting, but sadly not much of it unbiased. The author's views are cynical and, in my opinion, silently destructive. Avoid at all costs.
Please, do not promote this book - it encourages mediocrity at best. I love the narrator though (Jonathan Keeble) and will seek out more books narrated by him. His clearly articulated RP and engaged reading style is the only reason I gave the book two stars, not one.
"Smug, tedious and unenlightening"
Worthless. Devoid of anything new or unusual to say, the author instead chooses to sneer.
"Weak and opportunistic"
This book reads like each wikipedia page on cognitive bias had been edited into a short chapter long essay with some very weak personally reflections on the biases discussed.
The only art I could hear, was the art of making a bit of cash with an opportunistic side project; the art of spending ten minutes a day taking notes from the internet.
It isn't in the same league as titles like You Are Not So Smart, Your Brain at Work, or even How the Mind Works, in which new research and primary sources take the fore.
I would not be at all surprised to learn that Rolf is a software programmer who has written some kind of bot to trawl wikipedia to generate non-fiction.
Some real research of the real research
All of them
"Good to dip into"
Well written and easy to digest, easy to dip into when you need a refresher, concepts well articulated and structured
"Interesting is muddled"
Interesting, random, thoughtful.
It challenges the way you think about everyday situations, statistics and news.
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.
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.
The content of the book was interesting, however it was difficult to tell if it was the way it was written or the way it was read that made it almost insufferably smug and patronising. I think that it was the narration that is at fault - the actual text is fine (the mini-essays cover interesting subjects), but the way it is being read is very condescending.
Excellant narration. Many useful tips on day-to-day decisions. Loved from 1st word to last word!
"Some interesting concepts"
Certainly gives you something to think about
No characters in this book
He reads clearly and concisely but a bit boring from time to time.
It was an interesting read - not emotional!
The book introduced some interesting concepts - a lot that happen in ever day life.
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