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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.

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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.

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Good book

I like this book. It’s very informative. I’d definitely recommend this book to others that are interested in the mind and behavior

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Amazingly informative

I loved every bit of it. The examples given we're relatable, hence making readers understand it better. The narrator was amazing, his tonation were superb.

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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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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."

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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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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...

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Too negative

The narrator sounds as lifeless as it’s hopeless message. The pessimistic content is not helpful.

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A Nearly Complete List of Cognitive Biases

Is The Art of Thinking Clearly another Thinking, Fast and Slow knockoff? No, not really. While both books cover cognitive biases, Kahneman's book was more narrative-driven. Rolf Dobelli's book instead is more descriptive-driven of the 100-plus cognitive biases we all suffer from.

Each chapter is short, to the point, and leaves the reader requiring little if any additional explanation of the bias covered.

Eric Conger provides the voice for the author--no issues whatsoever. My only concern with the audio version--good luck in remembering what you've read. You'll find yourself wishing that you could underline certain topics and even taking notes because the book moves along so fast.

So one strategy is to listen to 2-3 chapters each day which will allow you to document your key findings adding to your retention.

Are you a Charlie Munger fan and his latticework of mental models? Then this book is a nice enhancement. Have you already read Kahneman? If it's been more than a year, then I perceive this will be a refresher of cognitive biases.

I'm predicting that if you get the book, you'll listen to it more than once.