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    • I came across this book and it sounded interesting but was hoping to get real feedback from other readers before I invest the time. More and more my time is so valuable I don't want to waste any of it.

      Amazon has this blurb and it gets good reviews, but I wanted to hear from the critical thinkers on Cake because who knows which Amazon reviews are legit.

      "Absolutely splendid . . . essential for understanding why there is so much bad thinking in political life right now." —David Brooks, New York Times

      How to Think is a contrarian treatise on why we’re not as good at thinking as we assume—but how recovering this lost art can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life.
       
      As a celebrated cultural critic and a writer for national publications like The Atlantic and Harper’s, Alan Jacobs has spent his adult life belonging to communities that often clash in America’s culture wars. And in his years of confronting the big issues that divide us—political, social, religious—Jacobs has learned that many of our fiercest disputes occur not because we’re doomed to be divided, but because the people involved simply aren’t thinking. 

    • I see it is available for $1.99 on Kindle so apparently price is not an issue for most of us.

      I briefly looked at the text offered on Amazon to review, and Mr Jacobs writes well, he begins by discussing "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman with its discussion of how people's thinking is frequently in error. I decided to purchase it at 2 bucks...

      Whether it is worth your time, rather than the 2 bucks it costs, is something only you can decide, I suspect.

      When I was a child I thought adults conducted their lives based on logic, and it took me a long time to really realize just how wrong that assumption had been. I am now certain that the majority of decisions most folks make are not based on logic, facts, or reason, but on emotions and desires. That's a fact for most of us, much of the time, and the basis of modern advertising. How many ads justify their product based on facts and reason?? But then many products don't really have valid reasons for prefering them. And life wouldn't be a sweet if we all lived our lives like Spock.

      The real trick to a successful life is knowing when to not pay attention to emotion, but to choose to use logic and reason - thinking SLOW. That can be hard work, ( and can lead to decisons we really don't like too ) which is kind of why we prefer to avoid it if we can.

      Logical reasoning can be very helpful if we have enough reliable information to reason things through. Unfortunately , humans sometimes ( frequently ??maybe ) have to make decsions without sufficient reliable factual information - which is where emotions and thinking fast come in. As Dr Kahneman points out, thinking fast can be wrong at times, but it also kept a lot of humans alive in the past in dangerous situtations - like dealing with other humans, who actually are deliberately lying, or malevolent and doing everything they can to avoid providing reliable factual information. I think that kind of fast thinking borders on emotions - making decisions without good reliable testable facts.

      Life is complicated. I think Mr. Jacobs book may be helpful is dealing with some of those complications.

    • Thanks for the reply. I would really like to know what you think of the book. For me personally it is not the money but the time involved.

      I appreciate your thoughts regarding thinking. I rarely give much thought to thinking.