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The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli

The Art of Thinking Clearly

I had picked the book up at Cochin Airport a month back.
The book lists 98 cognitive/ logic errors that we humans tend to make, with examples from various fields – primarily economics. The book relies on latest neuroscience and cognitive psychology research. It is also peppered with evolutionary psychology explanations for many of the errors, along the lines of “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps” .

I found the book an interesting read. To me it seems beneficial to be aware of one’s shortcomings which is a definite step towards overcoming them. But the trouble is to remember all the errors and to systematically avoid them during decision making. Well, no worries. This is where your mobile can help. There is an android application (probably iPhone as well) by the same name for less than $2 available in Google Play. The app provides a gist of all the errors and well as a decision making menu which will give you a list of errors associated with different types of decisions. Worth checking out after reading the book.

I especially liked the following part in the book’s epilogue:

The Pope asked Michelangelo: ‘Tell me the secret of your genius. How have you created the statue of David, the masterpiece of all masterpieces?’ Michelangelo’s answer: ‘It’s simple. I removed everything that is not David.’

Thinking more clearly and acting more shrewdly means adopting Michelangelo’s method: don’t focus on David. Instead, focus on everything that is not David and chisel it away. In our case: eliminate all errors and better thinking will follow.
My take on it:

Of course it is all very well. If Michelangelo had no clue of David in his head and if he had hacked away at that piece of Carrara marble removing everything non-David, the best we would have had now would be a floor tile.

Google App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.trellisys.papertrell.book81002762003&hl=en


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