Tools for Smart Thinking

Book - 2015
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Learn how to think more effectively, at work and at home.
Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home and work and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behaviour and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us.
In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions. He has made a distinguished career of studying and teaching such powerful problem-solving concepts as the law of large numbers, statistical regression, cost-benefit analysis, sunk costs and opportunity costs, and causation and correlation, probing how best to teach others to use them effectively in their daily lives.
In this groundbreaking book, he shows that a course in a given field--statistics or economics, for example--often doesn't work as well as a few minutes of more practical instruction in analyzing everyday situations. Mindware shows how to reframe common problems in such a way that these powerful scientific and statistical concepts can be applied to them. The result is an enlightening and practical guide to the most powerful tools of reasoning ever developed--tools that can easily be used to make better professional, business and personal decisions.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Doubleday Canada, 2015.
ISBN: 9780385680998
Branch Call Number: 153.43 Nis
Characteristics: viii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Jul 17, 2018

This is a very clearly written, well structured and well researched book, bold in some aspects but modest in others. Highly edifying, especially on A/B testing and regression analysis; its inclusion of 'eastern' dialectic reasoning was surprising and edifying. The end of chapter summaries were useful, as is the book as a whole.

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