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Do You Think What You Think You Think? Paperback – August 28, 2007
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- From the author of the international bestseller, The Pig that Wants to be Eaten
- Based on the hugely popular Philosopher's Magazine website: www.philosophersnet.com
- Contains brand new quizzes never seen before
- Forget Sudoku - this will really make you exercise your brain!
- Praise for The Pig That Wants to be Eaten:
- 'Examines received opinions, things we take for granted, and dissects them entertainingly' The Times
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Unfortunately, my affection for the book, if not the concept, took a turn for the worse about two hours into the trip. At first, the authors draw you in with several questions that require you to make a concrete judgement about what are usually considered to be "gray areas." For example, you're asked to agree or disagree with the statement "It is always wrong to take another's life." That pesky word "always" be damned, make your choice--there's no "maybe" option available.
Later, after many more questions where my rationale (and answers) hung on the specific phrasing of the question, I learn that my overall score indicates, in the words of the authors, that I am either a mass of contradictions or a very subtle thinker. Thus arriving at my first indication that this book is really about making snap judgments, reading a pithy observation, then moving on to the next "gotcha."
Reading this book is an active endeavor. You'll need a pen to jot down your answers and, unless you're the type who writes in books, some paper to keep track of your scores and answers. And be prepared to do a lot of flipping of pages as you compare your impressions of a question to the author's assertions. In some cases, you'll find yourself disagreeing with how a question is phrased and then later re-interpreted to "prove" some point. In fact, the authors expect you to disagree and argue with the book.Read more ›
If you're of scientific bent, you'll recognize that the sample is perhaps too small to make strong conclusions about where you "stack up" But no matter, because the self examination that results in doing these games is amazingly informative, and unusual for most of us.
Here are some examples:
1. You'll choose between "agree or disagree" in a list of beliefs about how the world works... or... in another game, what's right, and what's "wrong" morally, then learn how consistent (or inconsistent) your belief system is.
2. You're given a series of simple logic puzzles (no math required) and it will be revealed how we sometimes may think we're being logical but can be distracted from the real thing
and many more! A formal education is not a requirement, but some real thinking is. You'll be surprised!
The writers' tone is neither abusive nor superior, but rather witty and fun! I ended up with a short list of things I'd like to ponder further, and the inspiration to do so.
If you are interested in how the mind works, and in learning about your own thought processes, this is a terrific book. I'd recommend it for every writer, of any form, for those interested in cognitive science or in psychology, and for anyone who wants to get and stay sharp, at any age.
You do not have to have a strong educational background to enjoy this book, but you do have to be unafraid to think and examine your own thinking! Fun!
It does a good job of not saying any one way of thinking is right or wrong, but helps you gain insight into your belief system while pointing out gross contradictions to how you think.
Once I picked up this book I was addicted to it and finished it within a day. I've also recommended it to many friends and will continue to do so.
My only gripe about the book is that although the authors stress that precision is the basis of logic, their own phrasing of questions is imprecise in some cases. I tend to be a pretty broad-stroke thinker and even I found myself saying that in some cases the question simply wasn't phrased precisely enough to deliver the answer claimed by the authors. My wife, a much more detail oriented person, found it very frustrating as she had to resist picking apart the questions and taking into account all the qualifiers that exist in the real world.
This is meant to be a fun book, and it is. Treat it as entertainment and it works very well. Don't expect it to hold up to a more detailed analysis.
in the tradition of "the pig that wants to be eaten", "beyond bumper sticker ethics", and various books like them, this book doesn't try to appeal to the rigorous student or even the second year under-grad; this book is best served as a first course or as a sample. as someone that is planning to pursue a doctorate in philosophy in a few years, i found this book to be something that grabbed my attention and directed me to a problem i had ignored: bringing new minds into philosophy. while it is true that everyone doesn't have to be a philosopher, restricting the search for new ideas can only hurt everyone in the long run.
i found many of the questions lacking options, instead, polar opposites are often the only choices. some of the explanations are a little weak and some of the conclusions were almost offensive... until i reminded myself that this book is (clearly) intended for mass consumption and not intended as a daunting pillar of philosophical wisdom.
if you are seeking some light reading or a good source of conversation material for that next neighborhood block-party, this book deserves your attention. if you're a weekend philosopher that likes to keep his mind sharp or you're just feeling burnt out (we've all been there), this may be a nice piece to rejuvenate you.
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Recommended by a friend; his stature as an intellectual has diminished. Unsubstantiated drivel. I weep for humanity if any of the authors guesses prove true. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Catherine Cravens
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