Step-wise Approach to Improve your Thinking Skills – 7 Books

Stepwise Approach to Improve your Thinking Skills - [7 Books]

Most of us assume we are reason-driven creatures; we assume we hold the power to each and every decision we make; we assume we are highly cognitive. I know I lived my life with these automatic assumptions until not so long ago. But as I learned more about the way our brain works physiologically and as I became aware of its inborn flaws and fallacies I gradually stepped away…

Daily life is mostly driven by habits. Little consideration is put to active, careful decision making. Metacognition (thinking about thinking) is something that mostly nobody is familiar with. Logical fallacies rule our lives. No, this is not the most pessimistic scenario I’m trying to paint here. This is something that we must be aware of.

For now, I’ve put up a list of seven books that should initiate you into the process of becoming a better thinker, of improving your cognitive abilities. These books help me tremendously; and I have a feeling they may serve you to the same purpose. This list is not exclusive as I may add more titles in the future:

Self-Deception – How to Fight your Brain’s Inborn Flaws and Biases [S. Novella]

Self-Deception - How to Fight your Brain's Inborn Flaws and Biases [S. Novella]

Introduction

Few years back, after getting my hands on Charles Duhigg’s life-changing book The Power of Habit, I became more interested in studying the intricacies of the human mind. Specifically, I wanted to familiarize myself with the logical flaws and fallacies we tend to fall prey to. This is how I found out about Prof. Steven Novella of Yale University, a clinical neurologist and an inborn skeptic.

Your Deceptive Mind was the first work of Prof. Novella that I voraciously digested. I listened and relistened to the program a number of times over the past few years. Then I got the companion book for this program – a course about the tricks our brains play on us, along with fight-back strategies to help improve our critical thinking abilities.

Since I read interactively, I collected about 70 quotes, notes, and take-away messages from this course book. I will share some of them here in the hope that it may help you as it has, so profoundly, helped me.

Not only do I better understand myself in terms of susceptibility for self-deception, but I am also more aware of the fallacies of folks around me and also the flaws of research studies and the cognitive biases of the researchers – atop of the financial implications and their conflicts of interest.

Exercising Caution – Confirmation Biases, Cognitive Dissonance and More [Diet Context]

Exercising Caution - Confirmation Biases, Cognitive Dissonance and More [Diet Context]

Intro

I often urge people to exercise caution when making claims for such and such. We know too little about everything, yet we rush into dangerously simplifying concepts and trying to transform decent correlations into large causations. Mike Eades has a clue about this.

What’s even worse is that we have to fight our minds because once we believe something is true, we may do everything possible to hold those beliefs even in the face of shocking disapproval.

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