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Book Title: Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction in Life and Markets|
The author of the book: John Brockman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 693 KB
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: October 29th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780062258564
Read full description of the books Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction in Life and Markets:Please Note: This is a review for an advance copy.
Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction is the newest Brockman essay collection featuring well-known cognitive scientists, psychologists, and philosophers on cognition, intuition, and moral psychology. While I was already familiar with most of these writers, there was still enough new material so it wasn’t like reading through a bunch of book summaries.
Most of the essays were very well done; however, the Edge conference transcripts were the best part of the collection. Simon Baron-Cohen’s talk on the effects of fetal testosterone levels on social behaviour and autism was very new and interesting and the science of morality transcripts could’ve very well made an excellent book on its own (just wish they would’ve included the Q&A sections).
While there were some very strong essays, there were also several weak and even sloppy contributions. I’m hoping this is just an issue with the advance copy because Ramachandran’s essay and Bruce Hood’s contribution are in dire need of an editor! For example, Ramachandran rambled on about the same old subjects (phantom limbs and synestesia) but he also managed to repeat the same sentence four times within the same essay (come on!) and many of the sentences were awkward and hard to read. Although, I hold no hope for any improvements on Bruce Hood’s essay after slogging through his terrible mess of a book, The Self Illusion (I’ve never read a more frustrating book: weak thesis, sloppy sentences, and unforgivable typos). Alva Noë’s essay also stuck out but not in a good way. His Chopraesque explanations on consciousness and cognition made me wonder why he was even asked to contribute.
Overall, it was pretty good (three stars) just needs to be edited a bit more.
Read information about the authorWith a broad career spanning the fields of art, science, books, software and the Internet. In 1960 he established the bases for "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre and commerce, while consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, The Pentagon, The White House... In 1973 he formed his own literary and software agency. He is founder of the Edge Foundation and editor of Edge, a highly acclaimed website where the most outstanding thinkers, leaders of what he has termed "Third Culture", analyse cutting-edge science.
He is author and editor of several books, including: The Third Culture (1995); The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2000 Years (2000); The Next Fifty Years (2002) and The New Humanists (2003).
He has the distinction of being the only person to have been profiled on Page One of the "Science Times" (1997) and the "Arts & Leisure" (1966), both supplements of The New York Times.
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