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Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction [Paperback]

by John Brockman
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Book Description

October 29, 2013 0062258540 978-0062258540

Unlock your mind

From the bestselling authors of Thinking, Fast and Slow; The Black Swan; and Stumbling on Happiness comes a cutting-edge exploration of the mysteries of rational thought, decision-making, intuition, morality, willpower, problem-solving, prediction, forecasting, unconscious behavior, and beyond. Edited by John Brockman, publisher of ("The world's smartest website"—The Guardian), Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought.

Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and "unconscious" thinking • Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn't always make us happy • Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision-making • Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature • Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain • Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the "normal" human mind • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence • Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking • Gerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices

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Editorial Reviews


“For ... readers interested in keeping up with what serious thinkers are thinking about thinking, this book offers nourishing food for thought.” (Kirkus)

Thinking is excellent and mind-expanding in its entirety.” (BrainPickings)

About the Author

The publisher of the influential online science salon, John Brockman is the editor of Thinking, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. He founded the literary agency Brockman Inc., and lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062258540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062258540
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The founder and publisher of the on-line science salon, John Brockman is the editor of THIS WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING, WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA?, WHAT WE BELIEVE BUT CANNOT PROVE. He is the CEO of the literary agency Brockman Inc. and lives in New York City.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This is a surprising book! After being a fan of John and Edge dot org for years, as well as thoroughly enjoying Fast and Slow (Thinking, Fast and Slow), I expected great things from this, especially given the "Edge" contributors, and was not disappointed. However, the range of topics is so much greater than neuro/computing, and some of the more technical topics on Edge, that I was pleasantly surprised.

Instead of only looking at the usual "cutting edge" theories of Bayes, Markov, utility functions vs. probabilities, etc. the authors actually challenge nearly all of the "status quo" ideas from stats and emotion to neuro. Frankly, I sometimes get a bit tired of the "brain as computer" as well as "brain not as computer" tug of war, and this refreshing collection is so creative, innovative and pro/con that it leaves many of the "popular neuro" books in the dust. The selection of contributors is breathtaking, not just from credentials, but the pace and quality of the writing and range of topics, keeping us turning the page without writing down to us.

If you check out the contents you'll find a wide range of topics, from developmental to neuro, decision theory, linguistics, problem solving, and much more. Hannah Arendt wrote Thinking, Willing and part of Judging, and I think she would have been impressed with this collection (which also adds Feeling and Acting/Deciding) even from a more philosophical frame. The pace is lively and John/ Daniel's editing is consistenly well done, so the quality and "page turner" nature doesn't vary by author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 3, 2013
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I like the series of books associated with, and this particular book has several prominent contributors, but I was disappointed. The problems are twofold. First, some of the contributions are simply too rambling and uninteresting, and to make matters worse, too long as well. Second, other contributions, especially those from the more prominent contributors, are more worthwhile, but even these tend not to have the same density and conciseness of content as can be found in other writings by the same authors, so the contributions are considerably 'lower yield' than I expected. Overall, I think this book is a good concept which wasn't well executed, so I unfortunately can't recommend it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informed but.... November 26, 2013
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This book contains much interesting, up-to-date information, but it largely consists of unedited transcripts of informal discussions or presentations. As such it displays stream of consciousness rambling, unnecessary and irritating repetition, lack of depth in the development of many of the ideas, and a host of irritatingly poor grammar. I understand that Professor Brockman may have wanted a fast turn-around, but that surely could have been accomplished with a modicum of "condensation and editing for clarity."
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4.0 out of 5 stars overall very educational read March 31, 2014
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This book is split into chapters that are each a separate essay about cognition, intuition, morality, and other topics. Some of the chapters are very good and easy to read. Some are very good but a bit obtuse. And a few weren't that interesting. But overall, you will walk away from this book with a better understanding of how we think, and it introduces some concepts that will make you ask novel questions about yourself and others.
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It's got a lot to say because there's a lot to understand about how we think. This book will help you understand both your self and others. Both my system one and my system two approve this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge great fare as usual February 15, 2014
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Brockman and Edge are at their usual best with this book. Depth and range are outstanding. It is the type of book one goes back to again and again. It will provide food for thought for quite a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mixed bag for me January 26, 2014
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The contents are a series of different presentations on the topics listed in the title. As you might expect, some of the presentations are better than others. Additionally, they read differently because they are transcriptions of live presentations. The most interesting to me were the presentations that included examples of experimental results.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brainy Bon Mots
The first question you need to ask yourself is why are you reading this review? Is it because you are reading all reviews to gain a holistic, qualitative view or was my review the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Swystun
5.0 out of 5 stars Think about it: decision making is what defines you
Well written variety of topics.
I decide. You decide. We all decide...we all do the same thing in a different way.
Published 3 months ago by mikecski
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Gift for my grandson. He was happy with it as he had asked for it. Now me, I'm not sure I can even pronounce the words!! LOL He is in college and wanted this book.
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There are many theories presented in this tome, some contradictory, some complementary and some completely beyond my comprehension. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Mosley
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Collection of outstanding articles by a long list of creative, credentialed and thought provoking authors, all collected together by the amazing non-profit
Published 4 months ago by Shane Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary dissemination of maybe the most important research of our...
In this book we kan read the research-based viewpoints of excellent researchers who have come together to discuss our ways of thinking and making decisions from a lot of different... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Reidar Haehre
4.0 out of 5 stars No need of anything else!
What else you need The above commentary says it all! I just have one thing to be answered: why Thomas Nagel does not appear between your authors?
Published 5 months ago by Ricardo Alfredo Bonilla Lajud
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