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The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions [Hardcover]

Rolf Dobelli
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28 Mar 2013

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THE SECRETS OF PERFECT DECISION-MAKING

Have you ever...

Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it?

Overpaid in an Ebay auction?

Continued doing something you knew was bad for you?

Sold stocks too late, or too early?

Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances?

Backed the wrong horse?

These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better choices - whether dealing with a personal problem or a business negotiation; trying to save money or make money; working out what we do or don't want in life, and how best to get it.

Already an international bestseller, THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY is essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make. It reveals, in 100 short chapters, the most common errors of judgement, and how to avoid them. Simple, clear and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision-making - at work, at home, every day.


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144475954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444759549
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rolf Dobelli (born 1966) is a Swiss writer, novelist and entrepreneur. He has an MBA and a PhD in economic philosophy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Dobelli is co-founder of getAbstract, the world's leading provider of book summaries. Dobelli has written six works of fiction. Most famously, he is author of THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY, which became an instant success and landed on the number 1 spot on Germany's official Bestseller list and has been translated in many languages. Dobelli is also founder and curator of ZURICH.MINDS, an invitation-only community of the most distinguished thinkers, scientists and artists. www.dobelli.com www.facebook.com/dobelli
Rolf Dobelli (born 1966) is a Swiss writer, novelist and entrepreneur. He has an MBA and a PhD in economic philosophy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Dobelli is co-founder of getAbstract, the world's leading provider of book summaries. Dobelli has written six works of fiction. Most famously, he is author of THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY, which became an instant success and landed on the number 1 spot on Germany's official Bestseller list and has been translated in many languages. Dobelli is also founder and curator of ZURICH.MINDS, an invitation-only community of the most distinguished thinkers, scientists and artists.
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This little gem . . . has already been a sell-out success in Europe and it's likely to be the same here. (Evening Standard)

It's one of the most readable, entertaining volumes on systematic cognitive errors you are ever likely to need. You don't know what a systematic cognitive error is? You should read this book. (Big Issue)

A Swiss novelist and successful entrepreneur reveals the secrets of perfect decision making. (Marie Claire)

No wonder this book has been a sensation in Europe. Dobelli examines our most common decision-making failings with engaging eloquence and describes how to counter them with instructive good sense. (Robert Cialdini)

This book will change the way you think (Dan Goldstein, London Business School)

This book provides a truly fresh perspective. It is intelligent, informative and witty. Rolf Dobelli's clear prose illuminates how we think. (Cristoph Franz, Global Ceo, Lufthansa Airlines)

A treat - highly relevant, scientifically grounded and beautifully written. (Claudio Feser, CEO McKinsey Switzerland)

A fireworks show of insights into how our minds work. (Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School)

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Already a huge bestseller in Europe, this is essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make, in the vein of THINKING, FAST AND SLOW and THE DECISION BOOK.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think, therefore I err 27 April 2013
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`The art of thinking clearly' by Rolf Dobelli took 10 days to arrive. It is hardback, but thick paperback sized (326 pages), made up of 99 Chapters each of two to three pages.

Originally the text was written as a series short magazine articles, so this is in effect a bound collection all in one place.

Rolf tackles the many ways in which thinking errors can occur (what we think is going on, and what is actually going on, can and often is very different). In a sense this is quite profound, we all run around with models of how the world works (and interconnects), and these models provide a handy short cut to quick decisions rather than thinking things through from scratch every time. Rolf clearly and logically and with examples shows us how and why these models are in error (the links are incorrectly connected) and while there might be good material going in, the wrong model all but guarantees the wrong material out.

As humans we are programmed for the here and now, long and very short time scales are difficult for us to grasp, big numbers are just big numbers etc. Rolf tackles psychological perception and how we can be confident and sure about something, yet we have mislead ourselves or been mislead by others, but our confidence means the alarm has not sounded. These sorts of thinking errors have been well researched by psychologists, but largely buried in academic journals and tomes. Rolf brings them out, makes them live and contemporary, and with examples shows, actually, anyone with a working brain needs to beware.

So this is less a book about `The art of thinking clearly' and more a book about `I think, therefore I err', and is no less valuable for that, just don't expect methods, plans and exercises for thinking clearly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is just fabulous, the title says it all.
I opened the amazon box, made a coffee, sat down to have a browse .... and had read 50 pages before I even looked up.
It's a collection of 100 short articles (each is just 3 small-sized pages) on different aspects of thinking and where we (tend to) go wrong.
Each article starts with 'a story' to grab your attention, then explains the thinking process involved and the mistakes we may make on the way to a (poor?) decision and/or maybe how big business cashes in on that erroneous thinking.
It's compulsive reading. The individual headings drag you in....'oh, just one more chapter, then I'll put it down'
E.g. Would you wear Hitler's Sweater? (Contagion Bias)
E.g. Live each day as if it were your last - but only on Sundays (Hyperbolic Discounting)
E.g Hurts so good (Effort Justification)
You may not fall into all the traps, but you're guaranteed to fall into some of them. You'll learn something, you'll likely learn a lot. But who cares anyway? Just read the book because it's FUN.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bits and bobs of logic 4 July 2013
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A quirky book that doesn't have to be read in a traditional style.
Each chapter is short and easy to digest, the chapters don't overlap so can be read one at a time but make great reading if read in succession.

The advice varies from clever and insightful, right through to pointless and repetitive - yet those weak chapters are few and far between and at only three to four pages long don't cause a huge problem.

The minor concern of mine with this book centres on the fact that the chapters are so short. Whilst it makes it an easy book to read, it does mean there is minimal depth to each chapter.

The feeling I was left with after finishing the book is that it had been like having a pint with a friend in a pub, with the friend telling you something profound but then not having time to continue the conversation. You know you've learnt something good, but you now need to find more material to crystallise the thinking.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive errors be gone 27 Mar 2013
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The concepts in this book are so smart and straightforward, you will kick yourself for not knowing and applying them in your life already. As you read through the book you will find many instances where you can relate your own action or more importantly your own inaction to a cognitive error. In essence, the book provides you with necessary frames to make better more informed decisions. For me, understanding how sunk cost cognitive error has framed my inaction on taking a decision to move past a bad business decision will be worth many times the cost of the book. The Art of Thinking Clearly is for everyone but business people, students and university faculty in particular will find this book a thought provoking read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Rolf Dobelli has compiled 99 cognitive errors in one delightful anthology. His text is entertaining, and I often found myself smiling and nodding along in agreement with his short anecdotes. The book reads like a blog; each chapter is discrete. Thus, readers needn't peruse the chapters in any particular order. In that sense, "The Art of Thinking Clearly" is a good coffee table book (an advantage of the hard copy over the ebook); I could pick it up and leaf through the chapters that took my fancy at ease. I found the volume to be a great conversation starter among friends.

Although Dobelli doesn't include any original research, he breaks down difficult cognitive science theories into layman's terms and aptly illustrates various biases that govern human actions. His ideas are provocative and lead to further reflection. I garnered an insight into how my brain's cognitive errors dictate my everyday behaviour. Since I've finished the book, I find it difficult not to analyze my every thought and action to try to figure out what bias - if any - is at work. "The Art of Thinking Clearly" shone a new light on my understanding of the thought process.

This is a light, educational, fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would it be better to not review this book?
This book is both entertaining and thought inducing. The monkey before the paradox.What it is not is more interesting though.
Published 1 month ago by RH
1.0 out of 5 stars fatuous
I hated this book. It displays all the trite 'smart Alec' traits that lead to poor thinking in the first place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. E. Sewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Very insightful and thought-provoking.
Well written in small digestible chapters with just the right amount of "tongue-in-cheek" humour.
Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Gareth Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good and useful.
A book I would read again. Lots of interesting and useful material in this book. I found it an interesting read.
Published 6 months ago by peterbbb
2.0 out of 5 stars The voice actor is horrendous!
This seem like a fairly interesting audio book, but like many audio books, particularly American ones, they get voice actors so annoying that I can't listen to the audio book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Tim Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I love psychology and theology, particularly sport psychology and this little book incorporates a lot of info from other books I've read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Clearly
This is a clearly written book with very short chapters so that the points are made economically and without excessive verbiage. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hobbit
4.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of newspaper columns treating common difficulties in...
'The Art of Thinking Clearly' is a slightly misleading title. Rather than being a systematic manual of instruction in how to reason, the book collects a series of short... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not perfect.
The book is a nice, handy guide to showcasing just how badly human beings think and reason. It's a comprehensive guide to a huge chunk of major and minor psychological software... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emir Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
a must read for anyone and plenty to think about. a very positive review or am i thinking clearly? lol
Published 10 months ago by p j britton
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