A splendiferous book, but very difficult. It requires strong thinking. Wonderful non-point-form guide on how to become a stronger, more democratic thinker. My favourite ideas: don't talk for victory, talk and listen and think for learning. Be willing to change your mind. Gravitate to people who value genuine community and can handle disagreement. And many others. A book I'd consider buying.
Mildly interesting and thankfully a quick read. Jacobs is an academic who is a Christian and draws heavily from C.S. Lewis and the bible for guidance. By his own admission he deals with the art rather than the science of thinking, arguing that reason alone is an insufficient guide to action, and that emotion is needed. He claims that "thinking for yourself is impossible", and that we can only think with others. He talks a lot about our emotional needs, particularly to belong to and identify with a group (or several groups), and our subsequent tendency to believe what these groups believe, and consider outsiders to be "Repugnant Cultural Others" (RCOs), whom we can vilify and discredit without having to justify ourselves (how true, how sad). In the end he admits that there is no easy solution, but he does offer a 12-point "thinking person's checklist" which has some excellent advice. Read that and you'll get the gist of his book.
It's just okay. Each chapter is broken up into small sections that make it a good nightstand book if only because it's easy to get a small reading win in before falling asleep. Megan Phelps-Roper makes many, many appearances in this short book - where the author attempts to expand on ideas using previous examples. Maybe it's an attempt to weave continuity into what, at times, felt like a disjointed narrative. Again, just okay, you'll get a sufficient ROrI given the length of the book.
A better title may be How Not To Think. A lot is written about the blinders, emotional resistance, and peer group pressure that keep us from giving serious consideration to what and why we believe what we do. The answer: stop doing it. Okay, do that right after you achieve Buddhist "enlightenment" and have given up all attachments. Like loosing weight you really know what to do, so why aren't you doing it? I'm "just human, don't you know".
the book got me thinking about my thinking but I didn't reach a final conclusion - still thinking.
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