Learn the key ideas of the book by Gabriel Weinberg , Lauren McCann

Super Thinking

The mental models for making better decisions in less time.

There definitely is a way to think better, reduce the risk of making bad decisions and save time. Super Thinking seeks to achieve this by using mental models, that is, implementing the thought patterns developed by various scientific disciplines implemented into our daily lives. Concepts such as antifragility, the filter bubble, the veil of ignorance and cognitive distortion become an extensive toolbox for improving the performance of our brains. Remember, it can be trained like a muscle!

Super Thinking
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Many useful tips to:

  • Discover and use mental models.
  • Strengthen your decision-making processes.
  • Improve your ability to think efficiently.

The author of the book:

Gabriel Weinberg is the founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo, a company dedicated to internet privacy and a private search engine. Gabriel graduated from MIT with a degree in Physics and has been honoured with an award for his studies in Technology and Politics.

Lauren McCann is a well-known researcher in the medical field whose analyses have even been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Operations Research and a BA in Mathematics from MIT.

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Mental models allow for better thinking

Thinking can become a superpower if we learn to harness mental models, in other words, patterns of thinking based on general concepts which help us understand a situation more quickly, allowing us to make better decisions both personally and professionally. These models provide shortcuts to deeper reasoning: once we get the general gist of a case, we can skip "basic" thinking, and immediately reach the highest level. Our intuition —or quick thinking— is mainly based on the reactions our brain has already recorded. It will replicate them without the need to reflect further, sometimes causing more harm than anything else. By contrast, logical thinking, also called slow thinking, is triggered in uncertain situations with which we are not yet familiar.

To improve our instincts, we need to learn as many mental models as possible, to be able to apply them quickly.

  

The key ideas of "Super Thinking "

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Mental models allow for better thinking
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How to be less wrong
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Seeing things from someone else’s perspective and increasing empathy
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Individual choices have global consequences
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The risk of striving for perfection and the problem of abundance
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Choose what to invest in and do it quickly
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Avoiding misleading certainties and making surveys reliable
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How to take advantage of the psychology of persuasion
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Establish and increase your market power
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Quotes
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Take-home message
 
 
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