Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser
As a human, you are prone to lapses in good judgment – irrational beliefs, prejudices, paranoias, and all kinds of bad thinking. Skepticism evangelist Guy Harrison delivers a highly entertaining and extremely readable manifesto for using logic and reason for good thinking and a life better-lived.
To understand where our thinking leads us astray, author Guy Harrison first guides us through a fascinating, comprehensive, and memorable tour of the brain, wherein are explained various brain structures and major functionalities but without overwhelming technical detail. Then Harrison moves on to identifying various types of delusions to which everyone is subject, including conspiracy theories, confirmation and other biases, alternative therapies, and a host of other non-evidence-based beliefs. The book gives ample support through illustrative examples and solid research. Throughout, Harrison remains eminently respectful, even though he cannot agree with irrational thinking. He affirms that true skeptics realize there are many things they do not or cannot know, but that poor thinking can be minimized by careful examination of thoughts and behaviors, which should all be based on scientific evidences. By making readers aware of their own blind spots, he issues a call for constant skepticism, scientific reasoning, and better, stronger thinking.
Guy P. Harrison