(Good Thinking Think #2) [PDF DOWNLOAD] Û Guy P. Harrison

R year on alternative medicines and therapies most of which don t work and some of which are dangerous 9 The evolution of the human brain Once we had evolved big brains something else unusual happened Around 50000 years ago there was an explosion of cultural behaviors that we "Recognize Today As Purely Human "today as purely human An accessible look of the brain Here are some things you should know about your two hippocampi Size is the first indicator of condition The bigger the better is the general rule A small or shrinking hippocampus has been associated with memory problems and Alzheimer s disease 11 Outstanding facts The blood and oxygen demands are exceptional if not outrageous Based on a 150 pound person the adult brain accounts for only about 2 percent of bodyweight but reuires 20 accounts for only about 2 percent of bodyweight but reuires 20 25 percent of the body s blood supply 12 Very helpful advice on how to keep a healthy brain Many researchers are suggesting that excessive sugar in the diet may be linked to an increased risk of depression and dementia Even some great advice on when it s best to do challenging brain work find out13 Interesting findings regarding memories In short our memories are creations that may or may not be based upon real events and the brain s filing system is far from ideal not only can our memories be influenced and tweaked with ease but it is also possible to have entire memories of events that never happened implanted in our brains 14 Practical societal advice More scientific specialized research is needed that relates directly to the use of eyewitnesses in law enforcement Pure research efforts do not always transfer well to the criminal law environment The IAT introduced in 1998 can expose subconscious biases against not only racial groups but also such biases as those against sexual orientation age skin color body weight height disability and nationality 15 An excellent chapter that addresses most common and problematic cognitive biases 1 confirmation bias 2 anchoring bias and 3 hindsight bias16 Putting alternative medicine in its place Ernst believes that the single biggest reason of all for alternative medicine s popularity is that many of the people who sell it are very good at lying The public has to rely on the authorities of scientists and science based medical professionals 17 The fascinating topic of conspiracies The seven simple ways to beat bad ideas18 Thought provoking uestions that amuse me What if we could transfer our memories to an AI program that continues to learn and remember experiences from that point Would this form of mental cloning ualify as immortality 19 Explains why good thinking is important Good thinking can improve lives now and it has the potential to make the world a better place for everyone 20 Comprehensive notes and formal bibliographyNegatives1 There is some overlap with his previous book Think 2 I was hoping for a chapter on societies that have had the most success in developing good thinking One can come to our own conclusions but I would have been curious to know what Mr Harrison s #perspective was3 Being an avid reader I m familiar with a lot of the references made4 I really enjoy hearing from #was3 Being an avid reader I m familiar with a lot of the references made4 I really enjoy hearing from that confirms my own beliefs but it would also be nice to hear from those folks that I disagree with As an example I would have been curious to hear from those who support the homeopathic industry In summary this book is another wonderful addition to my library Harrison provides sound and inspirational advice on how to lead a rational life I m familiar with a lot of the material presented in this book but I always learn something new and useful Make a sound decision and get this book I highly recommend it Further recommendations Think Why You Should uestion Everything 50 Popular Beliefs People Think Are True and 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by the same author Critical Thinking by Wayne Bartz An Appetite for Wonder and The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan Faith vs Fact by Jerry A Coyne This Explains Everything edited by John Brockman Nonsense A Handbook of Logical Fallacies by Robert J Gula The Science of Miracles by Joe Nickell Do You Believe in Magic by Paul A Offit Tales of the Rational by Massimo Pigliucci Voodoo Science by Robert Park Science Matters by Robert M Hazen Fool Me Twice Fighting the Assault on Science by Shawn Lawrence Lies Damned Lies and Science by Sherry Seethaler and Science Under Siege by Kendrick Frazier. We are prone to irrational beliefs that seem to enhance our sense of belonging and ranking Emotional impulses and stress also all too often lead us into traps of misperception and bad udgment      Understanding what science has discovered about the brain makes you better euipped to cope with its built in pitfalls Good Thinking the book and the practice makes clear that with knowledge and the right thinking skills anyone can lead a safer wiser efficient and productive life From the Trade Paperback editi. ,

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Good Thinking Think #2We live in a modern culture that lulls us in to making the uick easy profitable to others often unhealthy non choice From picking out soap to safe driving to making career choices we resist good thinking Our brains develop uickly lazy do loops of rote Harrison in his wrap up chapter states the toughest life long decision we must make is whether or not to have children There is nothing harder and no going back on than raising and training a loving balanced human This book has made me take longer to look at the choices I make I ask why three times before any bite of food I drive defensively use my turn signals and look out for every distracted driver I choose to love the cherished people in my life Guy Harrison has put out a series of books that gives us the tools and knowledge to be better humans in regards to how we perceive reality and truth Good Thinking is another outstanding book in this series This time Guy has provided us with a everything you ever wanted to know about the human brain from a physiological to psychological profile and how this affects our behavior and beliefs As usual his amazing communication skills provides us with ability to understand "and comprehend the fascinating content You will learn how the brain is easily fooled to "comprehend the fascinating content You will learn how the brain is easily fooled to things falsely while also being exposed to techniues in critical thinking and skepticism to counter those false perceptions You will discover how cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias directs us into believing areas of pseudoscience conspiracy theories and the supernatural Guy discusses many areas re I was a little worried picking up Good Thinking the premise seemed a lot audacious and I was unfamiliar with the author so I had a brief concern that I was ust going to be sold their particular brand of good thinkingMy worries were misplaced its rare to find an author with both critical thinking chops and a passion for #Change And This Book Fulfills Both Purposes Harrison Skewers Many #and this book fulfills both purposes Harrison skewers many his thesis but does so in what I think is a reasonably compassionate albeit firm wayOverall I wouldn t necessarily recommend Good Thinking to those ust starting a ourney of critical thinking nor those already neck deep IN A PHD GOOD THINKING SITS AS A USEFUL a PhD Good Thinking sits as a useful of road tome on critical thinking Good Thinking What You Need to Know to be Smarter Safer Wealthier and Wiser by Guy P Harrison Good Thinking is a first rate and practical follow up to his previous excellent book title Think Where Think was about uestioning everything Good Thinking is about presenting practical ways to lead productive lives by leading a lifestyle that is conducive to a healthier brain Accomplished author historian anthropologist and ust all around good human being Guy P Harrison provides the public with a useful gem This beneficial 288 page book includes the following twelve chapters 1 The Case for Good Thinking 2 Where do Brains Come From 3 Explore Your Brain 4 Who s Minding the Brain 5 Bringing Human Vision into Focus 6 Don t Forget How Memory Works 7 The Shadow Brain 8 The Enemy Within 9 Three Crazy Things That Live in Your Head 10 An Alternate View of Alternative Medicine 11 Good Thinking vs Bad Ideas and 12 Okay So Now WhatPositives1 The master of clarity and dare I say good thinking Harrison s books are a treat to read Well researched and conveyed in an engaging enjoyable fashion2 A great topic why good thinking is important and some easy guidelines to a healthy brain This book includes an expedition into the brain specifically your brain 3 Excellent format professional treatment Each chapter begins with a chapter worthy uote highlights important sections and good use of photos diagrams to complement narrative4 A practical and useful book There is sound and inspirational advice provided The invaluable bundle of critical thinking skepticism appreciation for science and a basic understanding of the human brain fits nicely into one simple term Good thinking The only solution to the problem of bad thinking is good thinking and all it entails 5 A great defender of science and reason Sound information is nice to have but knowing how to think matters most 6 Provides a list of twelve common mistakes to avoid 7 How businesses use their knowledge of the brain for profit For profit cable news companies for example know that scaring their viewers keeps them watching 8 Sound research to back up points According to one study Americans alone spend than 34 billion pe. The right time know what to look for when evaluating information and understand how your own brain subconsciously clouds your Therapy of Love judgment  Think you're too smart to be easily misled Harrison summarizes scientific research showing how easily even intelligent and well educated people can be fooled We all suffer from cognitive biases embellished memories and the tendency to kowtow to authority figures or be duped by dubious 'truths' packaged in appealing stories And as primates we are naturally status seekers so.