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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Patterns and How People Think, 28 Feb. 2013
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Humans have an innate capacity to spot visual patterns, eg peoples' faces, trees and a clock face. Try covering up a traditional watch with your other hand, ask an adult to to look at the back of your hand and move it quickly away and back over the watch, giving him or her the merest glimpse of the watch, then ask the person what time it said. 9 out of 10 will get it right. The point is that this sort of mental activity is automatic, extremely quick and unthinking (see "Thinking, fast and slow" by D Kahneman for a very readable account of a lifetime of study in this field.). These instant reactions can also be wrong, but they can be practised and trained. Strong chess players spot patterns very quickly then get their thinking caps on and calculate whether their first impression is workable. "How to beat your Dad at chess" is one of few books to consciously harness this approach. It classifies mates by pattern and accompanies each with lively, readable text to confirm the "get your thinking cap on" part.

Don't be put off by the title, this excellent book is neither condescending nor patronising.

Worth every penny.
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