“Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” Book written by Adam Grant. In this book Adam’s point is to explore how rethinking occurs. “How we alter our perspectives, how we convince others, and how we build a culture of long-lasting learning. The book is astonishing, brimming with interesting studies found from research. (e.g., individuals who are good at math in general are good at seeing pattern in data, unless those data contradicts their perspectives. Where their knowledge turns into a “weapon against reality.” The more sharp individuals are, the less willing they are to admit the limits of their reasoning).
He underscores the value of logical reasoning (“favours humility over pride, curiosity over closure, doubt over certainty”) and confident humility (“you can be sure about your capacity to accomplish an objective later while keeping up the humility to question whether you have the correct devices in the present.”). As in his past books, Grant employs earnest, fresh writing and thorough research.
The two hardest comments in English are “I am sorry”, and “I was wrong.” Adam Grant can assist you with these two. In a world changing at extraordinary speed, there is another must-require expertise on the block: “Knowledge is generally seen as the capacity to think and learn. However in a turbulent world, there is another set of cognitive skills that may matter more: the capacity to think again and unlearn.”
If you think rethinking is difficult, you are correct. Our inward Preacher, Prosecutor and Politician stand prepared to trip us up. “The danger is that we become so enveloped with preaching that we are correct, indicting other people who are not right, and politicking for help that we try not to rethink our own perspectives.”
So what would it be a good idea for us to do instead? Think again encourages you locate your inward Scientist — perennially sceptical, moderately confident, infinitely curious. Then “you characterize your personality in terms of qualities, not feelings”, and effectively “search out data that conflicts with your views.” With master narrating and a windy yet sincere tone, Adam guides you through the risks and awards of rethinking at the individual, interpersonal, and collective level. In the meanwhile, you’ll meet a cast of fascinating people who practice master level rethinking.
I especially appreciate the abundance of wisdom in this book, quite a bit of it counterintuitive. For instance, collecting a “challenge network” of our most insightful critics (rather than an encouraging group of yes-man people) appears to be a helpful exercise against overconfidence. Think Again is an absolutely unique book on a subject that not only bears straightforwardly upon our success, but in addition our long-term happiness.
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