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Loserthink

How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America
Narrated by: Scott Adams
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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From the creator of Dilbert and author of Win Bigly, a guide to spotting and avoiding loserthink: sneaky mental habits trapping victims in their own bubbles of reality. If you've been on social media lately, or turned on your TV, you may have noticed a lot of dumb ideas floating around. 

"We know when history will repeat and when it won't." 

"We can tell the difference between evidence and coincidences." 

"The simplest explanation is usually true." 

Wrong, wrong, and dangerous! 

If we're not careful, loserthink would have us believe that every Trump supporter is a bigoted racist, addicts should be responsible for fixing the opioid epidemic, and that your relationship fell apart simply because you chewed with your mouth open. 

Even the smartest people can slip into loserthink's seductive grasp. This book will teach you how to spot and avoid it - and will give you scripts to respond when hollow arguments are being brandished against you, whether by well-intentioned friends, strangers on the internet, or political pundits. You'll also learn how to spot the underlying causes of loserthink, like the inability to get ego out of your decisions, thinking with words instead of reasons, failing to imagine alternative explanations, and making too much of coincidences. 

Your bubble of reality doesn't have to be a prison. This book will show you how to break free - and, what's more, to be among the most perceptive and respected thinkers in every conversation. 

"They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but they never tell you why. So I went ahead and judged it. Looks great!" (Juan Variable) 

"Don’t think of this book as something you ‘read.’ Think of it as ‘survival.’ And you want to survive, don’t you?" (M. Wordthinker) 

"If you love this book, you are probably part of a clandestine global conspiracy to control the world. You’ll probably deny it, but I know what you are thinking." (Reed Mines)

©2019 Scott Adams (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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The Slippery Slope Fallacy is not a fallacy!

Scott Adams helps you get out of the mental jail of bad thinking. If you think that doesn't concern you, it definitely concerns you!

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Excellent book but the audio quality is TERRIBLE

Such a shame to ruin such a good book by compressing the hell out the audio so that Scott's voice is such lo-fidelity it's unpleasant to listen to.

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  • Jonas Irwin
  • 08-11-2019

Good - although it seemed like the editors accidentally released an early draft vs. the real finished product?

Great topics, great perspective as always.
I enjoyed the book but it could have been better. I was expecting a more organized and polished product from Scott. It didn’t seem structured well or linearly organized in a clean way. More than once I was convinced my phone had inadvertently flipped back to a previous chapter I had already heard but in fact it hadn’t.

Perhaps it’s because I used the audiobook (I prefer reading ) but it came across as meandering, a bit jumbled and highly repetitive. I’m no author but I would love to read an updated draft that feels more like a finished product.

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  • Wayne
  • 08-11-2019

Excellent advice on proper thinking!

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has written a book that everyone should read/listen to. It really is common sense, but common sense is not very common.

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  • Steven S.
  • 06-11-2019

Pop your bubble!

Haven't thought "humm" to myself this many times listening to a book since Freakonomics. This was the first book by Scott Adams ever. Time to go listen to the rest.

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  • Matt
  • 06-11-2019

A systems approach to critical thinking

First off, I really enjoy Scott's podcast and other books. Every one of them contain useful concepts with practical applications. I've been looking forward to this, and actually got it both in audiobook format along with the hardcover to support his work. Scott doesn't need my money really, though he has earned it. I bought both because I believe that if I can help make this a best seller, it will improve our national unity by way of improved critical thinking skills on a difficult subject.

I recently finished "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Heidt, and it is a book that pairs very well with this. It gives some insight into how the other side of the political spectrum thinks, and understanding that yes, even people we disagree with mostly have good intentions.

This book is all about stepping back from your biases and examining how you are thinking about subjects which are incredibly polarized in today's political climate.

The thing is, that happens because Scott simply talks about President Trump's persuasion skills from an objective standpoint. He says similar things about people on the left as well, but we live in a world where people are so tribal that saying anything remotely positive about someone on the other team is viewed as an unacceptable act.

I should clarify that this isn't really a political book. It just uses some of that subject matter for its examples. It is about systems of thinking which allow the reader to learn how to find and fix bad thinking in themselves, and also to try to lead others to the same.

This book at its core is an attempt to give people the skills to root out the biases in their thinking, take a step back from that, and get out of their bubble. It's a practical, systems approach to breaking through our biases and being a bit more objective.

Anyhow, I hope people give this book an objective read and try to apply what they learn as they read it. It takes a certain self-discipline to do so, but there are real rewards to applying these concepts.

One thing I think we can all agree on, and that this book teaches is that not being afraid to critically examine your own thinking can yield real rewards. It pays to break out of your lane. You may not come out thinking exactly the way Scott does. I don't in fact agree with everything Scott advocates personally. I do however see the practical value in his approach though, and I think you will also if you give this book a read.

Once you finish this, I also highly recommend Win Bigly.

Since this is the audiobook review, I'll simply add that Scott does an excellent job as narrator. He's obviously got a lot of experience with public speaking, and when he hits subjects he is passionate about, you can hear him emphasizing his own arguments to make the point he is aiming at. That sort of nuance can be lost with a separate narrator.

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  • matt draghi
  • 19-11-2019

Very useful book for improving ways of thinking

I loved this book. Very well thought out and logical. something that should be reread occasionally to ensure we are not slipping away into irrational modes of thoughts or opinions

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-11-2019

A great review of why don't see reality

Loved the book.Will try to use it as a required reading for my class. It would give them an adult perspective on life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-11-2019

read/listen Loserthink

I am reading and listening, and will do so again. don't wait. this thinking is timely in these fast changing times. I was niggled by a couple things, may not agree with it all. doesn't matter. this is a manual on how to survive with a Boomer brain

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  • C. Vaughn
  • 18-11-2019

Excellent.....but

I only gave 4 stars because I wanted it to be longer....Mr. Adams-maybe you could do a follow after President Trump’s term(s) and show the Loserthink on both sides and how reality shook out as well as the mental prisons on both sides of the media. When people are wrong, they tend to have short memories.

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  • Michael D McGrath
  • 17-11-2019

Worth the listen

Very useful book. Lots of tangible take aways. Simple an easy to understand. If you want to win arguments or just live a happier life this is for you.

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  • lightning
  • 17-11-2019

A book for winners

An unbeatable guide to break out of a mental prison. Recommended to all of my family and friends, but I especially recommend it to my enemies.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 15-11-2019

Scott Adams is trying to help

Unfortunately for Scott the people who need this book most will never read it. I enjoy Scott and enjoyed this book. It's a manual on how to think and talk in a civilised way. Many international readers were raised in societies that have already evolved to that point but the book is interesting none the less. The book is peppered with numerous reminders of Scott's immense and diverse "talent stack" and qualifications. We hear how Scott has a degree in economics and an MBA almost as repetitively as we hear he is a trained hypnotist and the creator of Dilbert. Scott also takes every opportunity to sell his other books and his start up along the way too. Did I mention he is an expert in persuasion?

He just persuaded me to pay for an infomercial.

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