Beyond Mental Slavery: A Guide to Breaking Free and Thinking Clearly

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We all have unconscious reactive programs that determine many of our thoughts and decisions. Quick rationalizations provide obvious but untrue "reasons" for our beliefs and actions, biases prevent us from examining new ideas, and desires push us to win arguments rather than to search for truth. We are led around by these parts of our minds that we're only vaguely aware of. But just how obedient are we to those hidden masters? Perhaps more than we know.

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Overview

We all have unconscious reactive programs that determine many of our thoughts and decisions. Quick rationalizations provide obvious but untrue "reasons" for our beliefs and actions, biases prevent us from examining new ideas, and desires push us to win arguments rather than to search for truth. We are led around by these parts of our minds that we're only vaguely aware of. But just how obedient are we to those hidden masters? Perhaps more than we know.

Beyond Mental Slavery examines the many ways in which we become trapped in mental processes that limit the clarity and effectiveness of our thinking and decision-making. Using examples from science, business, the arts, and life in general, the basic problems - and solutions - are spelled out in simple language. Stories and research are used to show how the mind works - or doesn't work. More than just a look at the flaws of our minds, this book is also a how-to guide for clearer, more powerful, and more useful thinking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982654705
  • Publisher: Webhiker LLC
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 1,216,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Gillman has always been interested in how the mind works--and how it fails to work effectively and objectively. For decades he has been exploring the questions like; How do we think? How could we think? How does one get past the uncountable biases and glitches that occupy every mind? In 2004 Gillman founded the website IncreaseBrainpower.com in part to answer these questions. He firmly believes that we can reshape the way we think, and writes about how this can be done. Some of his work is oriented around having fun, like developing interesting techniques to creatively solve problems, or using riddles to 'wake up' one's lateral-thinking abilities. But he prefers deeper investigation of the mind and consciousness, like that in "Beyond Mental Slavery."
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