Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction

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Unlock your mind

From the bestselling authors of Thinking, Fast and Slow; The Black Swan; and Stumbling on Happiness comes a cutting-edge exploration of the mysteries of rational thought, decision-making, intuition, morality, willpower, problem-solving, prediction, forecasting, unconscious behavior, and beyond. Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"—The Guardian), Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, ...

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Overview

Unlock your mind

From the bestselling authors of Thinking, Fast and Slow; The Black Swan; and Stumbling on Happiness comes a cutting-edge exploration of the mysteries of rational thought, decision-making, intuition, morality, willpower, problem-solving, prediction, forecasting, unconscious behavior, and beyond. Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"—The Guardian), Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought.

Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and "unconscious" thinking • Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn't always make us happy • Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision-making • Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature • Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain • Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the "normal" human mind • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence • Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking • Gerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices

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BrainPickings
Thinking is excellent and mind-expanding in its entirety.”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Another compendium derived from the online salon Edge.com, this time essays from its section called "Mind." Literary agent and Edge founder Brockman (editor: This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works, 2013, etc.) assembles 16 pieces from academics and researchers in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and statistics. Like Brockman's other compendiums, this one presents an assortment of experts holding forth on what they know best, what research is revealing in their respective fields, and what the impact of that research may be. The book lacks an introduction, but more than half the pieces feature introductions by other experts, whose credentials are briefly cited, adding layers of authenticity to this assortment. The presentations vary in style and complexity, with some decidedly more challenging than others. Daniel Dennett's "The Normal Well-Tempered Mind" is a well-delivered lecture, as are Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's "The Adolescent Brain" and Daniel Kahneman's "The Marvels and the Flaws of Intuitive Thinking." Simon Baron-Cohen's "Testosterone on My Mind and in My Brain" is a talk before members of the London cultural scene that concludes with a lively question-and-answer session with the distinguished audience. "The New Science of Morality," which is labeled a conference, features a series of speeches by seven researchers delving into questions in the field of moral psychology. Especially engaging is Vilayanur Ramachandran's "Adventures in Behavioral Neurology--or--What Neurology Can Tell Us about Human Nature," in which the author looks inside the brain for the source of some mysterious syndromes. Much more demanding for lay readers is "The Fourth Quadrant: A Map of the Limits of Statistics" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. For serious readers interested in keeping up with what serious thinkers are thinking about thinking, this book offers nourishing food for thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062258540
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 209,790
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

The publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Thinking, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. He founded the literary agency Brockman Inc., and lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    An Intelligent read

    If you strive to better yourself in anyway especially in your reading comprehension, BUY this book. If you read at a third grade level, buy this.book to improve your skills, either way buy this book

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    Posted December 6, 2013

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    Dont waste your money. Its too scientific to understand and read.

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