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The Art of Thinking Clearly

Written by: Rolf Dobelli
Narrated by: Eric Conger
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
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Have you ever...

  • Invested time in something that, in hindsight, just wasn't worth it?
  • Paid too much in an eBay auction?
  • Continued to do 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 what the author calls cognitive biases, simple errors all of us make in day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to identify them, we can avoid them and make better choices: Whether in dealing with personal problems or business negotiations, trying to save money or earn profits, or merely working out what we really want in life - and strategizing the best way to get it.

Already an international bestseller, The Art of Thinking Clearly distills cutting-edge research from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience into a clever, practical guide for anyone who's ever wanted to be wiser and make better decisions. A novelist, thinker, and entrepreneur, Rolf Dobelli deftly shows that in order to lead happier, more prosperous lives, we don't need extra cunning, new ideas, shiny gadgets, or more frantic hyperactivity - all we need is less irrationality.

Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable audiobook will change the way you think and transform your decision making - at work, at home, every day. From why you shouldn't accept a free drink to why you should walk out of a movie you don't like, from why it's so hard to predict the future to why you shouldn't watch the news, The Art of Thinking Clearly helps solve the puzzle of human reasoning.

©2013 Rolf Dobelli (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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A very unexpected read.

This book wasn't what I expected. I thought it was a set of rules and principles to follow but more like fallacies in human behaviours. It took some effort to go through and some points weren't clearly explained and assumed to be taken face value. At times, it was a bit slow and obvious points but sometimes his point of view provided reason for some madness. I did, however, finish the book with some good takeaways and ideas and added theories to my own observations. Still, it's a book I would keep for reference. #Audible1

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  • Graeme Newell
  • 2019-02-27

The Best of Behavior Economics

This book was a delightful whirlwind tour of the worst of human judgment. Pulling from major psychological studies of the past few decades, Dobelli runs us through the top 100 flaws in human decision making. Including:

-Why we forget the past
-The downside of groupthink
-Why we put too much trust in those in authority
-Why evil is more striking than good
-Why teams are lazy
-How rewards destroy productivity
-Why a good start often leads to disaster
-How first impressions sabotage us
-Why we are slaves to our emotions
-Why we take on too many tasks
-How checklists deceive us

The author has spent most of his career writing novels and thus brings a wonderfully lyrical writing style to this book, something typically missing from most non-fiction books.

The book is divided up into more than 100 super-short chapters. Each one features a quick story demonstrating a major finding from the world of behavioral economics. This is a fun book with lots of great insight into how evolutionary forces have molded our decision making process. It’s a hit parade of the judgment calls most likely to trip us up.

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  • Kemal O.
  • 2015-10-14

Great content but maybe better in paperback

The book lists all kinds of fallacies in every day thinking. It is an excellent book. The only reason I would recommend it in paperback is that it may be easier to refer back to certain sections afterwards.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-08

Worth reading more than once

I have started listening to a few self help books lately and have found most of them to be filled with anecdotal fluff with very few actual insights. This book is not that way. Although many parts did not seem to be immediately valuable, this book exceeds the value I paid for it. As stated in the headline, I will be sure to listen to this again in the future.

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  • Jorge Centeno
  • 2019-09-12

Why is this book so high rated??

The author starts saying that he is not an authority to say what he is about to say in his book, and yes I should have stoped there, but it's the introduction so of course I continued until Chapter 11 where my headache and the general discomfort of the words being said in this book doesn't allow me to go on. At least until chapter 11 the book is a compilation of ideas or facts that the author has observed and goes on and on saying things like "If you don't like a movie you should finish watching it just because you paid for it" or giving absurd examples about logical and normal stuff like "authority is not right just because is the authority" and to this examples of "cognitive biases" as he identifies them he gives them witty names like "Kill Your Darlings" or "Leave Your Super Model Friends At Home" (Contrast Effect), so the structure of the first 11 chapters is Witty Name, "more scientifical name" and an anecdote to this bias effect the anecdote and terrible explained, while you read or hear this you can think about at least 2 or 3 better anecdotes to explain this effect, and thens as he explains you can totally feel and understand the author's biases and the apparent point of the book is precisely to warn you (in a terrible way) about biases when you are about to make a decision.
I'm so disappointed, I had this book for a year in my To Read list and now that I finally arrive to it, this...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-11

Amazingly informative

I loved every bit of it. The examples given we're relatable, hence making readers understand it better. The narrator was amazing, his tonation were superb.

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  • Ramakrishna
  • 2015-01-08

Good insights

Good narration and reasonably good content enjoyed listening and absorbing some key takeaways
Good book can be used repeatedly to reinforce concepts

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  • Sam Motes
  • 2013-06-18

Clearly thought it was a good read

Lists common fallacies in our thought patterns we fall victim to daily and gives advice how to avoid them. It is a great book for leadership engaged in strategy as well as negotiations.

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  • N. Kahn
  • 2019-12-12

Is this a reader or a robot?

The reader’s voice is intolerable. I can’t figure out if this is a computer synthesized voice, or somebody purposefully trying to sound like a robot.

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  • ely
  • 2018-05-17

Good book

I like this book. It’s very informative. I’d definitely recommend this book to others that are interested in the mind and behavior

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  • Rocket Man
  • 2017-11-21

This so-called book is merely a bullet point list

I give the author credit for compiling an extensive list of cognitive errors, but he fails when attempting to relate each to examples beyond his expertise, i.e., business/finance. If an AI system were attempting to explain the human capacity for critical and reflective thinking, this book is likely what it would produce.

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