Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Plugging some books...

For those of you out there who are clamoring to know just what I'm reading (and who wouldn't want to know that?), I'd like to recommend my current book-in-hand, How We Know What Isn't So - The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich. It's an intriguing book that seeks to help explain how we sort through the information that constantly bombards us and how our usual reasoning mechanisms, which usually work pretty well, are occasionally underused (or over-applied) to the point that we err in our thinking. It's a neat book, but admittedly it's kind of dry and it uses some statistical arguments that aren't exactly riveting, but it's worth the time to push your way through it.

For a slightly easier read on the same subject, I'd recommend Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We make In Thinking by Thomas Kida. It's written in a somewhat simpler style and touches on, as you might guess, six basic logical errors that have a deleterious effect on our reasoning. Kida doesn't go into as much depth as Gilovich, but the book is just as good a use of your time.

I heartily recommend both of them.

1 comment:

Garret said...

Cool Skippy, hit me with some of those concepts eventually. Just a q for you- how do you feel that we can KNOW things for certain- are you a skeptic of all non material realities?
Peace to Skippy
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