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The Art of Thinking Clearly

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In engaging prose and with practical examples and anecdotes, an eye-opening look at human reasoning and essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make.

Have you ever:
• Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn't worth it?
• Overpayed in an Ebay auction?
• Continued doing something you knew was bad for you?
• Sold stocks too late, or too early?
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Harper (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Nice packaging and design may give this book an aura of credibility. They certainly worked; I skimmed a few pages of it and bought it, thinking I would learn important lessons that I wouldn't get from other books about critical thinking. Alas, that won't be the case since the book reads like bull in a china shop; Dobelli massacres the art of critical thinking and puts in its place a Frankenstein doppelganger called cynicism and uncritical use of anecdotes.

Let's take for example: Lesson# 19 "The
Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Kunst des klaren Denkens = The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli
The Art of Thinking Clearly is a 2013 book by the Swiss writer Rolf Dobelli which describes in short chapters 99 of the most common thinking errors - ranging from cognitive biases to elements like envy and social distortions.
عنوانها: هنر شفاف اندیشیدن؛ هنر بهتر و متفاوت اندیشیدن؛ نویسنده: رولف دوبلی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه ژوئن سال 2015 میلادی
عنوان: هنر شفاف اندیشیدن؛ نویسنده: رولف دوبلی؛ مترجمها: عادل فردوسی پور؛
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you had lots of time (and interest in becoming aware of your cognitive biases), you should read Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, everything by Steven Pinker, Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb, and others. But since not everyone has the time and interest, instead read The Art of Thinking Clearly. This book has 99 short chapters (all of them are almost exactly 2.5 pages) that cover the major hiccups in our thinking process. A ...more
Thomas Harris
Sep 29, 2013 rated it did not like it

It can be useful as a starting point for a list of cognitive biases. However, it is mere plagarism of other texts.

Dobelli uses examples taken directly from other sources, changes the names of characters and wording slightly, and uses them as if they were his own. Why not just quote from the original text?

Also, some of his examples are so diluted and simplified that they are actually WRONG. One of the most glaring ones is his water treatment example for "Neglect of Probability". A: redu
Manoj Arora
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My learning from the book:
(1) Never underestimate the hard work and lower probability of success, just because we are shown more successful people than many more actual failures
(2) Confirmation bias is the mother of all misconceptions. It is a tendency to interpret new information so that it becomes compatible with our existing theories. Warren Buffet has seen people losing money with this because they ignore facts which contradict the theory in the mind of the investor. Dis confirming evidence
SeyedMahdi Hosseini
1- تقریبا میتوانم بگویم با خلاصهی مطالب کتابهای دنیل کانمن، نسیم طالب، وارن بافت، ریچارد تالر، دن اریلی همراه با ذکر چند مثال مختلف با قلم روان و ترجمهای مناسب، مواجه خواهید بود. (البته تعدادی از این نویسندگان از «دوبلی» به دلیل سرقت ادبی شکایت کردهاند.)
2- کتاب حاوی بسیاری از خطاهای شناختی است که برای کاهش این خطاها ارزش مطالعه چندینباره را دارد. اینکه چه تصمیماتی اشتباه است، چرا نباید چنین تصمیماتی را اتخاذ کنیم و چگونه درست عمل کنیم.
3- از آنجایی که معتقدم خلاصهها همیشه ناقص هستند و برای جاافت
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

در ابتدا باید بگویم که اگر شما این کتاب را به خاطر دیدن اسم "عادل فردوسی پور" بر روی جلد خریده اید دچار "خطای شناختی" شده اید! از آن خطاهایی که قصد این کتاب جلوگیری از آن هاست. شما فردوسی پور را به عنوان گزارشگری خوب و معروف می شناسید و این خوب بودن را به دیگر امور از جمله "مترجمی" او تعمیم می دهید! در حالی که لزومی ندارد کسی که در یک کار خوب است در بقیه ی کارها هم خوب باشد! بنابراین بیشتر افراد این کتاب را بر اساس معیاری می خرند که بنا بر خود کتاب اشتباه است. در ادامه ترجمه ی بد این کتاب را نقد
Ben Babcock
This book is the dead tree equivalent of a BuzzFeed post. Its title could be “I Got 99 Cognitive Biases But a Psychology Degree Ain’t One.” Or maybe not.

Rolf Dobelli enumerates 99 thinking errors, or cognitive biases, in The Art of Thinking Clearly, dispensing as he does tips for leading a more rational, less error-prone life. Anyone who has done even the least amount of reading in this subject will recognize many of the cognitive biases that Dobelli describes here. Unlike most popular cognitive
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تا حد خيلي زيادي به نوشته هاي كتاب حق ميدم. درسته، ما، همه مون اين خطاها رو داريم. بعيده كه ريشه ي اونها به ساختار تكامل و مغزمون مربوط نشه. اما من فكر مي كنم تك تك فصول دو صفحه اي اين كتاب مي تونن خودشون پروژه ي تحقيقاتي عظيمي باشن. هر كدوم از اين خطاها جا داره كه سالها روشون آزمايش بشه، مدلسازي بشن و از ديد و با مشاركت علوم متفاوت و جامعه هاي آماري بزرگ و متفاوت بررسي بشن. خوندنش جالب بود. فكر من رو به كار انداخت كه تجديد نظري توي كارها و افكارم بكنم. اما دچار وسواس وحشتناكي شدم. هر قدمي كه بر ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
به درد افرادی میخورد که عمیق ترین کتابی که خوندن "راز" ه. حرف جدیدی نداشت بگم وای چقدر وقت گذاشتنش بهم اضافه کرد!!!
مجموعه ای از 99 حکایت مستقل از هم که هر یک خطایی رایج در نگرش روزمره و حرفه ای ما را نشانه می رود
نویسنده، فارغ التحصیل اقتصاد و رمان نویسی است که سخنرانی های مختلفی درباره موفقیت داشته است؛ بخصوص برای مدیران و تجار مالی. همین به اندازه کافی من را مجاب کرده بود که کتاب را نخوانم! اما خوشبختانه به پیشنهاد یکی از دوستان فاضل و به بهانه فلسفه برای کودکان بخش عمده آن را خواندم
برخلاف تصورم بیشتر مفاهیم برایم بسیار جالب بود... بخصوص مثالهایی که برای زمینه مند کردن آن مفاهیم بکار میبرد بسیار خوب بود
در غ
اون قدر که با این کتاب خندیدم
با کتابهای طنز نخندیده بودم
موقعیتهایی که ترسیم میکند از حماقت آدمیزاد واقعا بدیع و ظریف است
خوب بود
میتواند مورد مراجعهی دورهای باشد
به نظرم مرور لازم دارد
هندبوک طور است
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی شامل99خطا که با ذکر مثال ها وجود این نوع خطاها رو در زندگیمون به ما ثابت میکرد.اوایل کتاب بیشتر جذاب بودن چون خیلی از خطاهاش برام ملموس تر بودن.مثلِ خطای تأیید اجتماعی که مسلماً درگیرش هستیم و هرچقدر افراد زیادی کاری، رفتاری و یا تفکر بخصوصی رو داشته باشن ما هم به ناگزیر سمتش میریم که علتش همین خطای تأیید احتماعی هست.
زمانیکه هی به انجام دادن کاری اصرار میکنیم درحالیکه میدونیم اشتباه هست و داریم به خودمون ضرر میرسونیم فقط و فقط بخاطرِ اینکه نمیتونیم قبول کنیم که با شروع این کارِ اشتباه، زما
amirMasoud Hadidi
خیلی کتاب بی هویتی بود ، و بی نتیجه ... تا نصف بیشتر تمومش نکردم ....
Pooja Kashyap
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
I bought this book just because I saw Taleb eulogizing the book right on the book cover and so I fell for it. If you have read The Black Swan, The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb then I would strongly re-commend do NOT go for the book but if you haven’t dipped into the ocean of Taleb’s thoughts then this book is for you. More or less, The Art of Thinking Clearly harps on the same line of thoughts, as is the case with Black Swan. Each chapter in the former case is like bu ...more
Mehrzad M.
پاپ از میکل آنژ پرسید: راز نبوغت را به من بگو. چطور مجسمه ی داوود، شاهکار تمام شاهکارها را ساختی؟
جواب میکل آنژ این بود: ساده است. هر چیزی را که داوود نبود تراشیدم .

تمام سعی کتاب، نشان دادن نقاط تراشیدنی برای مردم عادی ست. از این رو لذت مطالعه ی کتاب ، چقدر که مقاطعی حوصله سر بر داشته ، اجتناب ناپذیر بوده .

Foad Ansari
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عالی بود همه ی خطاهای شناختی مغز با مثالهای جالب را در کی کتاب جمع کرده بود
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
FYI: I won this book from goodreads Giveaways, but that in no way influenced my review.

The Art of Thinking Clearly presents a bunch of anecdotal evidence to support commonly known fallacies in logical thinking. You know that hindsight is 20/20, we cling to our narratives, and think we'll be like the models in makeup ads if only we buy their product, plus a bunch of other semi-obvious ways in which we end up making bad decisions (or poorly rationalized flukes that still turn out okay). This book
Iman Shabani
If you're looking for a book to help you get ahead, or improve you as a human being, don't look here; but if like me, you want to see how a book of such reputation with no scientific ground, or even much common sense, can be so popular among some people, get this book and start reading.

(I tried not to include any spoilers so read with a piece of mind if you have it in your to-read list.)

The fact that this is a terrible book became known to me very early in the book, however I decided to keep rea
Mobina J
کتاب خیلی کلی ای بود ؛ ولی به نظرم دید خیلی خوبی به آدم میده .فکر میکنم هر فصل کتاب خیلی جای بحث داره به طور جداگانه و به خاطر همین به نظرم کلی بود والبته تقریبا کافی و به همراه مثال های خیلی خوب.
"اگر پنجاه میلیون نفر چیز احمقانه ای بگویند، آن چیز کماکان احمقانه است "
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's a PLAGIARIZED anthology of cognitive errors. The biases it presents are, mostly, well summarized from a series of books from Taleb, Ariely, Kahneman and others(which, as shown by Taleb in the link, Dobelli used without permission). The author made no research on any of the items, but merely put forward the work of others. He does say so in the beginning, that his book comprises of research from other people, but it doesn't absolve him of copying.

Other than that, I consider it a good mix of
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
باید اعتراف کنم که در مورد این کتاب دچار خطای تبلغات شدم! شاید اگر مترجمش عادل فردوسی پور نبود، سمتش نمی رفتم. این باعث شد انتظارات بالایی از این کتاب داشته باشم و لذت کافی نبرم
این کتاب به 99 مورد خطای شناختی انسان اشاره میکنه که از بین موارد مطرح شده شاید ده تا برام خیلی جالب بود . بعضی از مواردی که در کتاب عنوان شده رو قبول نداشتم
قبل از اينكه شروع به خوندنش كنم منتظر مواجهه با يك اثر علمى تَر و تخصصى تَر بودم. ولى كتاب اونقدرها هم علمى و تخصصى نيست و بيشتر از همه بر پايه تجارب اقتصادى و مربوط به تجارت و بازار كار قرار داره. در مجموع خوندنش با يك ديد انتقادى بد نيست.
د.أمجد الجنباز
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ختام القراءة في ٢٠١٥ كان مسكا مع هذا الكتاب
يتحدث عن المغالطات المنطقية التي نقع فيها وتعيقنا عن التفكير السليم. يحوي الكتاب ١٠٠ مغالطة منطقية تم شرحها بشكل سلسل وجميل مع دعمها بأبحاث علمية

كتاب قمة في الروعة في هذا المجال
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اين كتاب سيصد صفحه اي كه توسط "رولف دوبلي" نويسنده و كارآفرين سويسي نگاشته شده در واقع از ٩٩ متن كوتاه در مورد خطاهاي فكري و شناختي و تاثير محيط و تبليغات بر افكار انسان تشكيل شده است.
هر يك از اين متن ها با مثال هايي ملموس در آغاز نوشته شروع شده و در ادامه به توضيح مطلب پرداخته است.
در اين اثر ميزان محدوديت اراده و خواست انسان، اثر پاداش ها و تنبيه هاي محيطي، طيف عظيم تبليغات جهاني و تاثير آن بر برداشت ها و افكار انسان در زندگي شخصي و اجتماعي به زبان ساده توصيف شدهاست.
نكته ي قابل توجه ديگر در اين
Andrew Wright
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed somewhat, but ultimately couldn't finish. What otherwise is an entertaining collection of findings from social psychology and other thinking and human behavior focused disciplines is ruined by the author's strange compulsion to "explain" the biases he identifies with random and entirely unconvincing musings about evolutionary origins. It's not enough to explain that we overweight the potential for loss over the potential for gain, which is interesting. Dobelli is compelled to clarify tha ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برای من خوب بود، یادآوری و اشاره به نکاتی بود که احتمالا خودمم میدونستم و قبولش داشتم، اما یا فراموش کرده بودم یا اهمیت و تاثیرش رو جدی نگرفته بودم.
شاید بشه گفت بیشتر یادآوری بود تا آموزش!
کلا کتاب سعی داشت بگه ازین روند غلطی که بهش عادت کردیم فاصله بگیریم و روش فکر و رفتار و به طور کل زندگی رو اصلاح کنیم. اما خب همونطور که خود نویسنده هم توی یکی از نکات اشاره کرده بود عملی کردن دانسته ها توی زندگی کار ساده ای نیست. خصوصا که عادت هم باهاش قاطی شده باشه.
برخلاف خیلی از دوستان که به اعتبار و اسم فرد
Zhiyar Qadri
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely In love with this books, I fulfils its title. A good way of reading it would be highlighting the clearest example in each fallacy in addition to the conclusion. I would say at the end sit down with a pen and paper and try to apply each to your life to consolidate the learning, make a list of all and in important decisions make sure they are error free.
A passage from the epilogue
"Even highly intelligent people fall to the same cognitive traps. Likewise, errors are not randomly distri
Ali Sattari
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Good wrap-up on cognitive errors and shortcuts.
نوشیار خلیلی
حرفای خوبی بودن، ولی برای من حداقل هیچکدوم حرف جدیدی نبود. ترجمهاش هم به نظرم بی اشکال نبود. ...more
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Rolf Dobelli is a Swiss author and businessman. He began his writing career as a novelist in 2002, but he is best known internationally for his bestselling non-fiction The Art of Thinking Clearly (2011, English 2013), for which The Times has called him "the self-help guru the Germans love".
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“How do you curb envy? First, stop comparing yourself to others. Second, find your “circle of competence” and fill it on your own. Create a niche where you are the best. It doesn’t matter how small your area of mastery is. The main thing is that you are king of the castle.” 20 likes
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