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Julian Baggini , Jeremy Stangroom
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Book Description

2 Oct 2006
Is your brain ready for a thorough philosophical health check? Really, it won't hurt a bit...Is what you believe coherent and consistent? Or is it a jumble of contradictions? If you could design yourself a God, what would He (or She, or It) be like? Can you spot the logical flaw in an argument (even if it's hiding from you)? And how will you fare on the tricky terrain of ethics when your taboos are under the spotlight? If all this causes your brain to overheat, there is a philosophy general knowledge quiz to round off with. "Do You Think What You Think You Think?" presents a dozen quizzes that will reveal what you really think and what it all adds up to (brace yourself: it might not add up to what you expected). Challenging, fun, infuriating - sometimes all at once - this book will enable you to discover the you you never knew you were. Think of it as an MOT for your mind.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079168
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julian Baggini's books include The Ego Trick, Welcome to Everytown, What's It All About? - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books. He writes for several newspapers and magazines and is co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.

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  • From the author of the international bestseller, The Pig that Wants to be Eaten
  • Based on the hugely popular Philosopher's Magazine website:
  • Contains brand new quizzes never seen before
  • Forget Sudoku - this will really make you exercise your brain!
  • Praise for The Pig That Wants to be Eaten:
  • 'Examines received opinions, things we take for granted, and dissects them entertainingly' The Times

About the Author

Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom are the founding editors of The Philosophers' Magazine. Julian Baggini writes regularly for the Guardian and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4. His books include What's It All About? and the best-selling The Pig That Wants to be Eaten (Granta). Jeremy Stangroom's books include The Little Book of Big Ideas: Philosophy (A&C Black) and What Scientists Think (Routledge).

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I really find this book disappointing? 23 Nov 2011
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Or did I just think that I did? The title implies that the book is going to be full of eureka moments where you are confronted with tricks that your mind is playing on you. In this respect, you might think that you were getting a book on psychology. If so, you would be mistaken. What you are really getting is a book on morality and philosophy in the form of a series of quizzes.

There are 12 of them and I have to say, that despite liking a good quiz, I found them somewhat unengaging. The final one just tests your knowledge of philosophers with dates, places and concepts. Not having studied the subject in any academic way, this is about as interesting as a quiz on sugar production. There are a couple of quizzes which are meant to lead you up a blind alley attempting to justify the existence of God. I have already been up this particular alley, turned round and headed back to the street, so that was two more quizzes that told me nothing. There are a couple of quizzes on deductive reasoning which are OK if you aren't very good at it.

Then there are a lot of quizzes about your moral positions which attempt to find out inconsistencies in them. As you might expect, it's all a bit glib. Can you really reduce moral questions and ethical stands to a few "If you answered A then.... If you answered B then...." I found it all most unenlightening. It might be a good start for some conversations about certain questions. I could imagine this as being distributed in 6th Form study classes for an engaging debate, but if you are going to start doing this with your dinner guests you won't have to burn the bread and butter pudding for them to decide that they never want to accept another of your invitations. Without the discussions, the quizzes aren't interesting as stand alone activities.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and revealing 30 Mar 2011
This book challenges the way you think. It doesn't pass judgements, but it does make you question yourself. The book is full of quizzes that then reveal how you think about different things. If you like a bit of psychology that is also easy reading then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant theory of "Self" 30 Mar 2013
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An intriguing subject excellently explained by this great science writer.
Once you grasp exactly what Baggini is getting at ,you will never look at your "self" in the same way again.
A difficult concept expertly covered for the layman.
The author gives an excellent lecture on this subject on the "TED" website, which helps enormously with understanding the concept
involved in this book.
If you have an interest in the latest in the Brain/Mind Sciences this book will undoubtedly be of interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee shop philosophy primer 9 Mar 2013
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Nice to see somebody putting their philosophy A-levels to use I guess, but if you've already got them then you're unlikely to find anything in this book that you're not already very familiar with. Note that the book requires you to complete exercises with a pen/paper, and frequently to refer back to earlier pages... so buying it on Kindle, like me, is a pretty silly idea. Would be better as a website than a book, really.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thinking person's party game 21 Jan 2007
This is a great book for showing up the holes in your thinking and, as a bonus, with its accessible, quiz-style approach it's the perfect book to pick off your bookshelf if your dinner party has run out of conversation and you can't remember where you put Pictionary. Actually maybe it's not. Maybe you'll all end up having a big fight instead.

The snotty remarks to the scoring of the philosophy quiz at the back might actually put you off taking the subject any further but everything up to that point is extremely thought-provoking, especially if you've not read much philosophy before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me think 26 Jun 2014
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Lovely reading on plane or bus. Easy to understand and even quote as well. My friend has it and I want it back.
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