Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, Thinking presents original ideas by today's leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought.
Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and "unconscious" thinking.
Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn't always make us happy.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision making.
Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature.
Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain.
Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the "normal" human mind.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence.
Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking.
Gerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices.
"[T]his book offers nourishing food for thought." (Kirkus)
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This is one of the rare cases in which I simply stopped listening. I couldn't take any more. I did not purchase this book to learn how much the authors care or how hard they are trying to be relevant. The discussion on super forecasting reminded me of a remote viewing exercise. I've seen too many narrative fallacies at work.
Give me Taleb or Kahneman. Their books are excellent.
The narrator probably did fine, but the lack of meaningful content drove may entire reaction to this book.
- Ronald Gustafson
Heavy on generalities about the contributing fields and the resumes of those leading them, light on "take homes" from the various literatures. A few kernels, that's about it.