Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking

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Kida vividly illustrates these tendencies with numerous examples that demonstrate how easily we can be fooled into believing something that isn't true. In a complex society where success - in all facets of life - often requires the ability to evaluate the validity of many conflicting claims, the critical-thinking skills examined in this informative and engaging book will prove invaluable.
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Overview

Kida vividly illustrates these tendencies with numerous examples that demonstrate how easily we can be fooled into believing something that isn't true. In a complex society where success - in all facets of life - often requires the ability to evaluate the validity of many conflicting claims, the critical-thinking skills examined in this informative and engaging book will prove invaluable.
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What People Are Saying

Scott Plous
"Don't Believe Everything You Think offers an entertaining introduction to many of the best documented errors people make in everyday decisions -- a thinker's guide to thinking."
-Author of The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
Michael Shermer
"How can we tell the difference between what is true and false? The answer is science and critical thinking, a process that Thomas Kida, in this exceptionally readable and delightfully informative book, explicates with clarity. His "6 basic mistakes we make in thinking" should be printed on a laminated wallet-sized card and examined every morning before we go out into the world."
-Publisher Skeptic magazine, columnist Scientific American, author of Why People Believe Weird Things
Robyn M. Dawes Ph.D.
"Kida does a succinct and entertaining job of presenting...mental shortcuts and their resulting biases in his book warning us to be skeptical of the results of our own thought processes."
-The Charles J. Queenan Jr. University Professor Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Stuart Vyse
"Thomas Kida's Don't Believe Everything You Think is a lively, well-reasoned look at the mental potholes that trouble us all. Written in an entertaining, easy-to-understand style, it is full of examples drawn from current events. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning how to approach life with a clearer head. Pick up Kida's Six Pack and take a long drink."
-Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College and author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591024088
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 98,772
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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    Excellent introduction to the modern understanding of the functioning of the human brain- easy to read, good examples, to-the-point writing. Never confrontational with those who might (foolishly) disagree.

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