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What did you love best about The Art of Thinking Clearly?
It's a summary of Thinking fast and slow / invisible gorilla / predictably irrational: Overall quick and precise reflection of a big collection of theories.
What other book might you compare The Art of Thinking Clearly to and why?
Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Khanemann - very similar just shorter with less detail on case studies
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Although I enjoyed this book it is somehow pedestrian. Dobelli makes no bones about this : he is reporting the work of others, and the book's origin is his own notebook of useful mental glitches to avoid. There are lots of things to like - the completeness of his review, listing, it seems to me, most of the fascinating examples from behavioural economics of the past four decades, and his European perspective, in contrast to the many US-based authors in this field. (Dobelli has defected to New York, but his heart is still in Switzerland, and his memories and friends are still Euro-centric). What the book lacks, is the dazzle, coherence and wit of someone like Kahneman, or the personality of Jamie Whyte (Bad Thoughts) but that is clearly an inhuman standard to apply.
This is more like a reminder and check list. Still good listening.
Narration is professional quality.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Despite his claims of 'researching a vast amount of scientific evidence and literature' there's nothing terribly original here. Overall the book feels like a reworking of Daniel Kahneman's and other's works (including his hero Warren Buffet, who's cited innumerable times). In fact, the book could have very well being cut by 50% without much loss. The first few chapters are okay overall (hence my two star rating), but then it descends into a succession of platitudes and half-cooked arguments.There are other bits that are at the very best amusing, and at times annoying, like the over-representation of Swiss contribution to the human knowledge or some tints of 'misogynistic' innuendo... Anyway, that's not the worse of this books faults.The overall tone of the book is patronizing, made much worse by the pompous tone of the narrator. There are parts that require an enormous self-control effort to not smash the audio while listening. The author takes an arrogant perspective on many of the subjects he approaches, even classifying as 'idiotic' some behaviors, but he lacks the sincerity to admit his lack of knowledge in key aspects of psychology and neuroscience that is broadly evident across the book (funnily enough, the author stresses we should be warned against stepping out our 'circle of competence'). In summary, probably you're better off by reading Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink", Daniel Kahneman's "thinking fast and slow", Ben Goldacre "Bad Science" and Chip and Dan Heath's "Decisive". At least these carry on considerable more weight.
What could Rolf Dobelli have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Keep it within his 'circle of competence'. He tries too hard to guide us all mere mortals to scape our errors, but in doing so he portraits himself as the expert he is not.The book feels like just another poor 'self-help' attempt (a genre, by the way, heavily condemned by the author).He should have tried a more humble and down-to-earth approach to the problem he's trying to approach.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?
Either Jonathan Keeble has done a superb job in reflecting the patronizing tone of the book or his narrating style is making it a hundred fold more obvious. I would have appreciated a more 'approachable' voice, one of us mere mortals...
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Massive disappointment and at times anger about the nonsense included in it.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
This has been an unofficial textbook (for me) in my analytical thinking class at uni. If there is a book you should read/listen to more than once, this is the book. Get it in your library and then get it in your head.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A brilliant book everyone should read. Full of extremely useful incites about the way our brains fail us.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful