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Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done | [Art Markman]

Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.
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Publisher's Summary

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.

Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

Smart Thinking gives listeners:

  • The means to replace self-limiting habits with new behaviors that foster smart thinking
  • An understanding of the mind itself as well as memory
  • The ability to define and solve problems by finding and applying relevant knowledge
  • Ways to present and process information effectively

©2012 Art Markman (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp

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    Tad Davis 07-07-13
    Tad Davis 07-07-13
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    "Research-based tips on thinking"

    Markman lays out some useful strategies for improving your thinking. The tips aren't pulled out of thin air, as they are in some books on the topic; they're based on Markman's research and the research of others in the field.

    One important technique is to evaluate your understanding of a topic by trying to explain it to yourself. Be honest in acknowledging where your explanations break down or gloss over a difficulty; then work on those until you *do* get them. (I've seen this suggestion in other contexts, where it's been described as the "Einstein technique," though I'm not really sure how that name came to be associated with it.)

    Another important point is to recognize your mind's limitations - not just *your* mind, but *everybody's*. The human brain, according to Markman, can usually only process three distinct features of an experience; so he recommends regularly summarizing what you've learned by listing three main points. With careful selection, it's possible to use those points as triggers to a wider array of knowledge: the brain is like a fishing net, where latching onto one point can lead you to others. (My analogy, not Markman's.)

    Markman offers some useful cautions as well. Especially in group settings, it's important to pause before making a final decision: feeling the visceral "click" when smart thinking leads to a breakthrough can be physically pleasurable; but you shouldn't let that glow influence your evaluation of the breakthrough. Wait a couple of days before you act on it.

    Sean Pratt is a particularly effective narrator for this kind of material. He's done many titles for Gildan Media, and their titles in the self-development or "science for daily life" area tend to be a cut above the norm.

    If you like this book, you may also enjoy "Five Elements of Effective Thinking" by Michael Starbird and Edward Burger. There is some overlap between the books; I found both of them helpful.

    44 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-14-12
    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I feel asleep in class"

    Your most boring professor writes a book. After listening for two hours, I learned that innovative thinkers apply past knowledge to new situations, and it is easier to stop a bad habit by replacing it with another behavior. Another book that would be better as a five minute TED video.

    48 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 04-05-14
    A. Yoshida 04-05-14
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    "Basic advice on approaching problems"

    This book didn't have any new information for me. I've already read "The Power of Habit" and learned that it easier to rid a bad habit by replacing it with a good habit, such as replace "eating sweets" with "eating an apple" rather than simply trying to stop the bad habit. I've also read "The Willpower Instinct," which explains conditions that helps you strengthen self-control (like building up your willpower a little at a time like a muscle). This book also provided other well known techniques for learning something -- observe, perform, and teach. If you had ever tried teaching others, you would have found gaps in your knowledge of the topic as soon as the learners started asking questions. As you find the answers to those questions, then you really become an expert in that topic. If these concepts are new for you, then this book would be useful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    urvois esquibien, France 02-22-12
    urvois esquibien, France 02-22-12 Member Since 2010

    business books fan

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    "slow start but worth the slow start"

    good book with lots of exemples to let you reflect, about everything about education, innovation and more, i also do recommend this book, it is well read and easy to listen

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14
    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    Smart thinking was alright. Some of the tips are common sense but there are a few nuggets in there. Overall it was a little dry but I have heard worse.

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    Michael K. McCleary SE US 07-23-12
    Michael K. McCleary SE US 07-23-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Good, informative, but not page turner"

    I enjoyed the listen. But like many of the books in this genre it does get a little tedious. Worth a credit, just not a book to rave about.

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    Jennifer 04-10-14
    Jennifer 04-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a sad waste of a discount purchase"
    What would have made Smart Thinking better?

    More meat, less storytelling. Different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a smug, almost flippant tone which unfortunately mirrored the tone of the book.


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

    Irritation...


    Any additional comments?

    It's because of books like these that I so very much appreciate Audible ' s return policy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John St Louis, MO, United States 03-11-13
    John St Louis, MO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.....should be required reading for anyone who votes & doesn't vote....


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

    no......but couldn't wait to get back to it.....


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Portland, OR 03-05-12
    Pete Portland, OR 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Valuable info about aspects of thinking smarter"
    What did you love best about Smart Thinking?

    Good research


    What other book might you compare Smart Thinking to and why?

    Smart choices about decision making.


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

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    Any additional comments?

    An important book for anyone who want to learn how people make decisions and help them make better ones.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Wilson Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-14
    Neil Wilson Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Very, very helpful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Smart Thinking to be better than the print version?

    No, it's complimentary!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Practical things to learn. Three points. Habits.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Art Markman


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

    No. Needs to be sipped. Swished around the brain first.


    Any additional comments?

    I like books like this that are practical and presented in a digestible way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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