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Think smarter: 7 books to enhance your critical thinking

Never fool yourself, and remember that you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard P Feynman.

Are you a critical thinker? Are you sure you are getting out the real meaning of what people are saying when they are talking? How rational are you? Are you sure you are making right decisions?

Critical thinking books

This 7 books will help you apply logic to help avoid fooling yourself. The lessons you will learn from them are crucial in the age we are living.

#1 The organized mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
This book will help you understand the importance to control what you are consuming and how you are going to distil and organize what you read. Why is important to read this book? Because we live in the Age of information overload. Our brains get sucked into mindless distractions, we read this and pay attention to that without realizing we are just trapped in a loop.

#2 Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking by Dennis Q McInerny

This is a short book. Logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, communicate. The more we focus on our ideas in a way that systematically ignore their objective origins, the more unreliable those ideas become.

If you may find yourself in a situation in which you see no clear alternatives that doesn’t mean, objectively speaking , that there are no clear alternatives. It simply means that you don’t see them.

#3 Poor Charlie’s Almanack The wit and wisdom of Charles T. Munger
This book will help you develop a multidisciplinary mental model approach needed to solve problems using different perspectives from different disciplines. The best part of this book: It will introduce you into 25 biases that may cause you to fool yourself with a detailed description of some antidotes to errors of misjudgment and how to fix them. One of the best books I’ve finished to read this year.

How this book may help you:

  • See the world how it really is
  • Make more accurate predictions under uncertainties.
  • A deeper understanding of social intelligence.
  • Improve you rational thinking,
  • Build a better network.
  • Widen your horizon’s
  • Achieve goals.

#4 Influence: The psychology of persuasion by Robert Cialdini
This is the second time I came to read this book. There are six principles which can determine if people will change or not behavior. Be the first to discover them and understand what makes you take bad decisions under certain circumstances.

#5 Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 
You are not as rational as you think you are and you don’t realize it and this book will show you why.
You make the same mistakes repeatedly even when you acknowledge you did them. This book is amazing.

Remember that knowing about biases won’t  save you from making the same mistakes again. This is because you brain isn’t logical . You’ll have to externalize your information, log your errors and make decisions based on facts. This is a hard work and that’s why only a few people engage in it.

#6 The confidence game by Maria Konnikova

The con is the oldest game there is and technology is the best platform for making it remarkably well suited to the modern age .

Technology doesn’t make us more worldly or knowledgeable. It doesn’t protect us. It’s just a change of venue for the same old principles of confidence. What are you confident in? The con artist will find those things where your belief is unshakeable and will build on that foundation to subtly change the world around you. But you will be so confident in the starting point that you won’t even notice what’s happened.

#7 The whole new mind by Daniel H. Pink
Are you ready to move from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age? Once, knowing more than other helped you stand out from the crowd but nowdays facts can be easily accessed online. This means knowledge has become less relevant.

What’s important today? The ability to distil information and place facts in context and deliver them as a story.

Let me know if you have any recommendations on critical thinking.

Constantin Minov
 

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