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Good Thinking: Seven Powerful Ideas That Influence the Way We Think

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Good Thinking picks up where Thinking Fast and Slow (Kahneman, 2011) left off by showing how slow deliberation and fast intuitions underlie some of the greatest insights that changed the world.

Seven Powerful Ideas That Changed the World
1. Thinking can be automated so machines can do it, and insight is just subconscious thought.
2. You understand something best when you re
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published April 16th 2012)
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
A good primer that provides tools every educated person should have. Game theory, Rational choice theory (including Bayes Theorem), Moral choice theory (including utilitarianism and Deontology), Logic, Causality and induction, Hypothesis testing, Problem solving and Analogical reasoning. I have seen most of these topics in other places but this is a good place to go if you are not familiar with these ideas. I wish they were taught in every high school.
Eustacia Tan
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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How do we think? Or to ask a slightly different question, how do we know? If you take the IB/TOK jokes literally, the answer will be "we don't". But apart from deconstructing the various ways of thinking, I'm still not quite sure how our minds work. So tada! Good Thinking to the rescue. It's suppose to integrate the various types of thinking taught across the different disciplines - rational choice, game theory, morality, logic, causality and hypothesis testing.

Looking at the bibliography at the
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Rose
"Good Thinking" is, in and of itself, a puzzle logic book. It's not quite what I was expecting coming into it, considering I thought it would be more theory based and cover the topics within with a little more grounding, but it's more of an exploration into different aspects of thought, and then matching theory with some measures of analytic puzzles that occur in real world situations.

The book breaks down the dimensions of thinking in several categories: Rational Choice, Game Theory, Moral Judg
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Said AlMaskery
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
While reading the book I kept wondering; where are we heading?

The book was interesting, mind activating, and useful in understanding certain biases and how the mind works. It was full of scientific concepts related to how we make choice or think, morals and logic, causality and hypothesis testing, and problem solving and analogical reasoning.

But again, the question that was persistent was; where is the conclusion? Why as a reader I am bombarded with all this information? I finally found the ans
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
In Good Thinking Denise Cummings take you back to college. She is adjunct-professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She wrote The Other Side of Psychology: How Experimental Psychologists Find Out About The Way We Act. She co-editored books like Minds, Brains and Computers: The Foundations of Cognitive Science, The Evolution of Mind. Why would a psychologist label your idea a “creative insight”? What do economists mean when they refer to you as a “r ...more
Clare Cannon
The results of extensive statistical study of the internal and external scientific factors that influence our choices. More technical and academic than a self-help guide, its perspective on human freedom and decision making would be best reviewed by someone who has studied behavioural psychology as well as moral philosophy, because the author includes detailed explanations of different philosophical approaches.
Umberto
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall very good and interesting. Gets bogged down in the little details sometimes but for the most part is very well written and enticing. Confirmed that all the math i have taken for my college major was not a complete waste. It gets bogged down in science and reads like a research journal some times but for the most part is quite good and will help most people improve their thinking.
Nick
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this book to be average in every way. There was a few interesting paragraphs i did enjoy, but most of the information is nothing new.

In the second to last chapter there was a number of some fun brain puzzles but with no answers? What's the point?

I would recommend this book to someone who has never read a book on logic or psychology.
GONZA
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book about logical reasoning and it has left me with a good feeling and the sensation that something in my way of thinking had changed.

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW
Greatreads
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really great book that offers an engaging and accessible introduction to how we think. A must have for anyone looking to gain a foothold for themselves in this topic.
Tristan Gongsun
The introduction of this book sounds exciting. It's well-written but less in-depth than I expected, still a nice little prelude to the budding cognitive neuroscience.
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Dr. Denise Dellarosa Cummins is research psychologist and author. She has held faculty and research positions at Yale University, the University of California, the University of Illinois, and the Center for Adaptive Behavior at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. Her research interest is how people think and decide. She is a respected cognitive scientist who has authored numerous scientific
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