Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking
"The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world." -Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times Book Review
Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more effectively about our behavior and our world. Surprisingly, despite their utility, many of these
So far, a DNF. I might go back to this one and maybe make some shiny new discovery of the purported mindware, yet.
The author has some good points. But in deed, it needs professional edits such that "normal" readers like me can get the points loud and straight.
I wouldn't recommend the book if you have read "Think Fast and Slow".
Notes I took:
Mindware - Tools for Smart Thinking (Richa ...more
Our construal of objects and events is influenced not just by the schemas that are activated in partic ...more
Not a bad read, but, to paraphrase Churchill, the good stuff wasn't very original, and the original stuff wasn't very good.
Most disappointingly, his overall conclusion is a mess. He tells us to trust the consensus of experts. This defeats the purpose of the book, which is to teach the reader how to ...more
The key message in this book:
Everyone wants to be rational, but there are common and invisible habits that prevent us from thinking objectively. By noticing such traps and defending ourselves against them, we can avoid irrationality and make logical choices.
Use Occam's Razor to find the simplest solution.
Sometimes we’re faced with situations in which more than one theory is correct. How do you know which one to trust? Go with an approach na ...more
The author is very well renowned, which for me is always a plus. The book itself is intended to help you improve your l ...more
Mostly a phycology book that surveys the current understanding of both the big hitters of the field and the authors (good) work. So you have lots of Kahneman and Tversky, Thaler, Levitt and Taleb - well summarised and criticised where appropriate.
You also have good chapters on statistics and probability - how poor people are in general and how easy it is to teach people 't ...more
However, there are areas that suggestions offered by author are not useful. When it comes to testifying health claims rep ...more
the second starts with the not true story of bill gates, I thought copied from a Gladwell book
but the author doesn't give credit to Gladwell, so I guess Gladwell is like this author,
not much original thinking, just copy from other people.
Gates didn't succeed because he spent hours on the computer,
he succeeded because he broke the law every day as head of microsoft.
After losing 2 antitrust trials he quit in a snit ...more
This is a book that helps one lay the foundation of some logical thinking, such as "correlation is not causation", and "human fear risk more than they relish gain". Quite some examples of what common mistakes we make in daily life application.
I’m willing to bet that at least once in your life you have uttered the phrase, “what was I even thinking”? C’mon, you know that you have. We all have, and what is so funny about that phrase is 9 times out of 10 the answer to that question is, “nothing”. We weren’t thinking anything at all. Nada, zip, zilch.
That’s ok though because the award-winning professor Richard E. Nisbett is here to help. His book Mindware - Tools for Smart Thinking is the antidote we need ...more