Pable of sorting out fact from fiction genuine science from pop peplum and recognizing how our brains can trick s is vital Harrison gently encourages skepticism coupled with critical thinking while exposing the way the brain works to reinforce our beliefs regardl This is a very good book for general readers As with his previous books Guy P Harrison s style is very friendly and accessible not overly complicated or difficult to grasp The title is a bit misleading when it says wealthier As Guy stresses in the book good thinking won t make you money necessarily but it can save you money by not spending it on nonsense Just a distinction I think is worth mentioning p frontHis first chapter alone is worth reading as it makes a good case for good thinking and skepticism Then he teaches you about the brain and common errors in thinking and why they occur He also gives you basic information about eating nutritiously and exercising to take care of your brain s health He discusses how our brains can trick s visually and auditorily how our memories aren t all that reliable and other logical pitfalls we re all susceptible to His chapter on alternative medicine is spot on and also fair and friendly He does not com. The right time know what to look for when evaluating information and nderstand how your own brain subconsciously clouds your judgment Think you're too smart to be easily misled Harrison summarizes scientific research showing how easily even intelligent and well educated people can be fooled We all suffer from cognitive biases embellished memories and the tendency to kowtow to authority figures or be duped by dubious 'truths' packaged in appealing stories And as primates we are naturally status seekers so.
When I got this book from the library I thought maybe he was Christian pon reading it it was obvious what he didn t think He is Godless plain and simpleI closed it and packed it to return I m not going to read his other books Anatomy learning is fun for me so my favorite part was shrinking down for the brain tour and explanations on how it all works in the first half of the book Second half is choc full of some ite long explanations and examples of critical thinking checking facts estioning or lack of thinking in a few instances most of which I found reasonably interesting at least enough to keep me reading with just the odd check to see if we were there yet All in all I learnt something and I may be a little of a sceptic in the future Everyone comes euipped with a brain preinstalled but few of s nderstand or appreciate the evolutionary forces that forged the way we Heart Of Stone (Morgans Mercenaries, use it and that lack ofnderstanding can lead to making critical mistakes during the decision making process Luckily Harrison has penned an approachable owner s manual that explains in part why people make bad choices the way the brain works why and so much At a time when we are bombarded by massive Deanna Raybourn Lady Julia Grey Volume 2: Dark Road to Darjeeling\The Dark Enquiry\Silent Night bonus story (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) uantities of information being ca. Critical thinking skills are essential for life in the 21st century In this followp to his introductory guide Think and continuing his trademark of hopeful skepticism Guy Harrison demonstrates in a detailed fashion how to sort through bad ideas Not Our Kind unfounded claims and bogus information to drill down to the most salient facts By explaining how the human brain works and outing its most irrational processes this book provides the thinking tools that will help you make better decisions ask the rightestions at.
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E off as biased or Montana Reunion (Big Sky Centennial, unreasonable here and it s a worthwhile readGuy has annstoppable enthusiasm and positivity for this stuff and it is contagious If you can handle him being a bit corny particularly in the chapters on the brain early on and if you can handle him being a little repetitive here and there especially in the last chapter you ll really enjoy this book and hopefully you ll also get a lot out of it I recommend his previous books too especially 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True This is a rambling repetitious book that proposes science is God and one cannot believe in anything The Deepest Roots unproved by science if one wants to be known as a critical thinker The author also preaches humility which was amusing since after reading the book the about the author page and some of Mr Harrison s website one has the feeling he would not recognize humility if it hit him in the face Read instead Carl Sagan s The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark Even though it needed better editing and had a bit of a doomsday mentality Dr Sagan still did a much better job of doing what Guy Harrison tried to do with this bookNote I received a free copy of this book from Vine in exchange for an honest review. We are prone to irrational beliefs that seem to enhance our sense of belonging and ranking Emotional impulses and stress also all too often leads into traps of misperception and bad judgment Understanding what science has discovered about the brain makes you better euipped to cope with its built in pitfalls Good Thinking the book and the practice makes clear that with knowledge and the right thinking skills anyone can lead a safer wiser efficient and productive life From the Trade Paperback editi.
I write about many things but my primary focus is on science and skepticism I believe that our world could be a little better and a lot less crazy if people simply understood how science works and appreciated the protective value of skeptical thinking in everyday lifeI've held numerous positions in the news industry including editorial writer world news editor sports editor photogra