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Thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives, yet our thinking can go wrong in any number of ways. Bad arguments, fallacious reasoning, misleading language, and built-in cognitive biases are all traps that keep us from rational decision making. What can we do to avoid these traps and think better? Is it possible to think faster, more efficiently, and more systematically? 

The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room, taught by award-winning Professor Patrick Grim of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, arms you against the perils of bad thinking and supplies you with an arsenal of strategies to help you be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in all aspects of your daily life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Not an audio course!

This is an example of what has frequently been happening of late; Audible is re-purposing video courses from The Great Courses Plus by simply repackaging the audio and giving it a new cover.

The first chapter alone contains visual information that is not translatable to an audio format, including a 2-3 minute dialogue between two actors which (apparently) uses multiple camera angles or shots in order to show how unperceptive we are. As an audio listen, though, it is merely frustrating.

This is not like some of the other GC courses where one or two diagrams are needed and are thus included in the PDF information booklet. This feels like cheating to me.

Avoid.

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  • Brooks Emerson
  • 2020-03-21

This should NOT be an audio book

At best it should be a video as Professor Grim constantly points to visual aids: "look at these pictures"/"watch this video". I ignored that the first couple of times, but it just got more and more annoying to the point where I stopped listening.

Unfortunately, I can't return this title and so at some point I will force myself to finish it. But, that's the point- if you have to force yourself through a book, then the book is not really doing its job.

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  • N.M.
  • 2020-03-08

Disappointed

I was looking forward to listening to this on my commute. It does not translate well from the classroom with references to visuals used by the instructor to move forward.

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  • Chad J. Livingstone
  • 2020-03-07

Not an audiobook if you need visuals not included

I am on lecture 5 and it consistently refers to visuals that are not provided. This a failure and should not be considered an audiobook! I will give it a couple more lectures but so far I want to return this. Disappointed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-10

Didn't get good until chapter 9

If you need a basic introduction to logic, the first 8 chapters will be useful. Otherwise skip to the latter chapters (chapter 9 and later) which really shine.

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  • Mark
  • 2019-10-17

The benchmark by which I will judge other courses

This is the second Great Courses product I have listened to. The other was a course on Chemistry (which was essentially a combination of Chem 1 and Chem 2 courses)

The speaker’s voice was pleasant, and his word choices endeared himself to me. He was pleasant to listen to.

The information was dense. I admit I often listened to this while doing something else - but even if I were to focus all of my attention on this, there were some lectures I just wanted to hear more than once, to really make sure I absorb everything.

The knowledge here is not only interesting, but also extremely practical. Chemistry is cool... but I generally don’t come across situations where I need to understand valence shells or that everything is both a particle and a wave. This class goes over fundamental concepts about how we think, and gives a bunch of great tools for how to rationally debate, and how to logically make a choice between competing options.


I like this course, and will probably listen to it in its entirely every couple of years.

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  • kurt lindner
  • 2019-05-30

Great listen

I was very happy with my decision to listen to this book. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in philosophy, especially good as a broad introduction.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-06-29

Descriptive, to the point, way to understand

This is essentially "Engineering Guide to Phylosophy and It's Applications"
WILL read/listen again, 11/10, no way not to profit by absorbing this

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  • Dave
  • 2019-10-23

Philosophy for the rest of us without being watered down.

One of the few books I’ve seen by a modern philosopher written as advice on how we might live our lives better. It looks like Prof Grim has descended the ivory tower, or perhaps never entered it, because he realizes philosophy should be a guide to everyday life and let’s us down if it can’t be. A highly recommend listen!

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  • Wes Weeks
  • 2019-10-01

Good Introductory Course

A good introductory course to the topics presented. It was more of a review of many of the topics for me personally but I did learn and get insights into a few additional areas like game theory. Several of the chapters do have sections where it is apparent you are supposed to be looking at some text or diagrams which isn't great for an audible book but not enough to be detracting.

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  • Basil J. Gilger
  • 2019-10-11

Pleasantries Thought Provoking

This is a nice overview of thinking logically. It inspired several ideas for further study.
Being audio only, I had to imagine the illustrations used by Dr. Grim as he explained some concepts.
Well worth the price I paid.

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