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Publisher's Summary

What blinkered Einstein and Edison? Why did Steve Jobs and NASA make lethal errors of judgement? How might environmental disaster and social inequality be averted?   

It is time for us to learn a new way of thinking.   

The 21st century presents complex problems that require a wiser way of reasoning, one that recognises our current limitations, tolerates ambiguity and uncertainty, balances multiple perspectives, and bridges diverse areas of expertise.    

Whatever our age and experience, whether a NASA scientist or a school student, we will benefit from wielding our minds with insight, precision, social sensitivity and humility.    

In an exhilarating journey through current research, drawing on insight from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin and some of the world’s most successful industries, award-winning science journalist David Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to help us all maximise our full potential.   

©2019 David Robson (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"A startling, provocative and potently useful book." (Sunday Times)  

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A bit slow to start with, then excellent. Thought provoking when it comes to managing risk, and simple mistakes that caused tremendous losses.

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Touch of political I didnt appreciate

I wished he hadn't touched on the political. Unnecessary. Other than that a great book.

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Good material

The historical examples are excellent to convey the key insights around biases. I find it amusing that the author engages in similar dogmatic judgement while simultaneously extolling the virtues of cultivating the wisdom to practice curiosity.

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Rubbish

Bad science, unquantifiable data
Just rubbish
Elitist and unhinged
The author needs therapy to deal with his obvious inferiority complex

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  • Lenny montague
  • 10-06-2019

The Bible of the new age

Well communicated, and consistently objective. This book will tear you apart and build you back up with shiny new parts and some good scaffolding.

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  • Montberte
  • 21-04-2019

Good easy to read book

In particular the education and teamwork section at the end of this book is worth its purchase. The remainder of the book is interesting but less informative.

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  • Andris Racko
  • 04-06-2020

Super good!

Wery good book, a lot of good peris data about reserches and many waluable leeds to next books and thinks to learn.
Easy and understandible, enjoy to listen. I will listen it agein after a while.
The think about "Reflective Competence" Was new to me! 👍

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  • Demetri
  • 15-02-2020

Groundbreaking insights

Wonderful book that introduces the concept of evidence based wisdom. Covers personal life, education and organizational life. Filled with practical insights on how one can make better decisions, reduce the impact of our hard wired cognitive blind spots and generally live wiser lives

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-2021

Most inspiring book in a long time.

Essential for understanding other's apparent stupidity and, crucially, one self's!
Take it from an expert...
Recommended!!!

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  • Richard Copus
  • 11-01-2021

Makes you think.

This is a tremendous way of bringing together some really fascinating research into how we decide and think. The narrative throughout makes for a good listen (read) and allows the science to shine through in a really accessible way.
I think there is something for everyone in this and I challenge you not to take something away for you to work on!

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  • sadhia khan
  • 05-10-2019

Interesting points, quite academic

I think within a number of good ideas are raised. However, it can get a little bit tedious. A summary would be great.

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