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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Rolf Dobelli (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Clearly thought it was a good read

Lists common fallacies in our thought patterns we fall victim to daily and gives advice how to avoid them. It is a great book for leadership engaged in strategy as well as negotiations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good insights

Good narration and reasonably good content enjoyed listening and absorbing some key takeaways
Good book can be used repeatedly to reinforce concepts

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Great content but maybe better in paperback

The book lists all kinds of fallacies in every day thinking. It is an excellent book. The only reason I would recommend it in paperback is that it may be easier to refer back to certain sections afterwards.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoyed this.

What did you love best about The Art of Thinking Clearly?

I loved the short, but really dense lessons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Thinking Clearly?

There were a lot of really great tips, one of the most memorable was the "Contamination bias."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Some good information, but basically just a list.

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

There was no underlying theory or story. It really just felt like a list of various logical fallacies and how to avoid them. Yawn...

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Challenge your intuition!

You may not agree with all the discussion areas, but the author provides excellent food for thought....so good I am going back for seconds (and about to listen again).

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Smug enumeration of social psych findings

The title says it all though i can see some people really enjoying it. By some people I mean binary thinkers who sooth themselves with intellectual certainties. The findings that I listened to are useful, but the smug examples of faulty thinking is off-putting. I've had professors like this and their narrowness of mind and snarkiness is what stands out some twenty years later not their useful knowledge, which is really too bad. This book seems to be written for middle aged cocksure men. I would not want to have dinner or even a coffee with this author.

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This so-called book is merely a bullet point list

I give the author credit for compiling an extensive list of cognitive errors, but he fails when attempting to relate each to examples beyond his expertise, i.e., business/finance. If an AI system were attempting to explain the human capacity for critical and reflective thinking, this book is likely what it would produce.

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awesome!

great synthesis of info out there!thank you for this valuable resource!what more to say read it!

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A great compilation of heuristics.

Having read most of the books that the author cites or having come across the studies mentioned in other works, the author does an admirable job of bringing many heuristics together in one book. I imagine there are those who will criticize the brevity with which some heuristics are explained, but I think the author gives the reader an opportunity to research further those heuristics that they find interesting. I find this book to be a great heuristic resource to recommend to those who don't read often.