Good Thinking

Good Thinking

What You Need to Know to Be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser

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Critical-thinking skills are essential for life in the 21st century. In this follow-up to his introductory guideThink, and continuing his trademark of hopeful skepticism, Guy Harrison demonstrates in a detailed fashion how to sort through bad ideas, unfounded claims, and bogus information to drill down to the most salient facts. By explaining how the human brain works, and outing its most irrational processes, this book provides the thinking tools that will help you make better decisions, ask the right questions (at the right time), know what to look for when evaluating information, and understand how your own brain subconsciously clouds your judgment.

Think you're too smart to be easily misled? Harrison summarizes scientific research showing how easily even intelligent and well-educated people can be fooled. We all suffer from cognitive biases, embellished memories, and the tendency to kowtow to authority figures or be duped by dubious 'truths' packaged in appealing stories. And as primates we are naturally status seekers, so we are prone to irrational beliefs that seem to enhance our sense of belonging and ranking. Emotional impulses and stress also all too often lead us into traps of misperception and bad judgment.

Understanding what science has discovered about the brain makes you better equipped to cope with its built-in pitfalls.Good Thinking--the book and the practice-- makes clear that with knowledge and the right thinking skills, anyone can lead a safer, wiser, more efficient, and productive life.

Baker & Taylor
"Critical-thinking skills are essential for life in the 21st century. In this follow-up to his introductory guide Think, and continuing his trademark of hopeful skepticism, Guy Harrison demonstrates in a detailed fashion how to sort through bad ideas, unfounded claims, and bogus information to drill down to the most salient facts. By explaining how the human brain works, and outing its most irrational processes, this book provides the thinking tools that will help you make better decisions, ask the rightquestions (at the right time), know what to look for when evaluating information, and understand how your own brain subconsciously clouds your judgment. Think you're too smart to be easily misled? Harrison summarizes scientific research showing how easily even intelligent and well-educated people can be fooled. We all suffer from cognitive biases, embellished memories, and the tendency to kowtow to authority figures or be duped by dubious 'truths' packaged in appealing stories. And as primates we are naturally status seekers, so we are prone to irrational beliefs that seem to enhance our sense of belonging and ranking. Emotional impulses and stress also all too often lead us into traps of misperception and bad judgment. Understanding what science has discovered about the brain makes you better equipped to cope with its built-in pitfalls. Good Thinking--the book and the practice-- makes clear that with knowledge and the right thinking skills, anyone can lead a safer, wiser, more efficient, and productive life"--

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Offering a wide-ranging discussion from acupuncture to zombies, this accessible introduction to critical thinking will appeal to general readers and students in high school and up, especially students in community college. Combining critical thinking and decision making with simple explanations of brain anatomy, the book explains the basic structures and functions of the brain, especially the impact of emotions on memory and decision making. The author identifies common psychological traps that lead to bad thinking and bad decisions, and gives advice for avoiding subconscious judgements and cognitive biases. There is also a wealth of practical advice on evaluating information using critical thinking. The book contains b&w photos and illustrations, including drawings of brain anatomy. Author Guy P. Harrison has written other books for general readers and students on critical thinking, faith, and biological diversity. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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An award-winning journalist, in a follow-up to his introductory guide Think, provides the critical-thinking tools that will help readers make better decisions, ask the right questions at the right time, know what to look for and understand how the brain subconsciously clouds judgment. Original.
Provides the critical thinking tools that will help readers make better decisions, ask the right questions at the right time, know what to look for, and understand how the brain subconsciously clouds judgment.

Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781633880641
1633880648
Branch Call Number: 153 H246g
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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