Noon Time Book Discussion – Fall 2017

Posted on 16th August 2017 in What's Happening

Thinking about Thinking

Everybody’s an expert in thinking—after all, we’ve done it all our lives. Recent research in psychology, anthropology, and economics, however, suggests that even the simplest thought processes are considerably more complicated than we may have assumed.

If thinking really is a lifelong adventure, it’s characterized by many of the qualities of other adventures: complications, missteps, new experiences, and suspenseful moments when we’re far from certain that we know what we’re doing. Since no one should undertake such an adventure alone, we hope you’ll join us at noon four Mondays this fall in a reading and discussion group that will consider some of the many different ways of thinking about thinking in the hope of developing better ways to understand thought processes of other people, and perhaps even sharpen our own.

Join us for Four Mondays at noon this fall
12:00— 2:00 p.m.
P.S. DuPont Room

11 Sept.
Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach,
The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

We commonly pride ourselves on knowing more than our friends, more than our parents, and certainly more than our distant ancestors. But Sloman and Fernbach advance the provocative claim that our habit of relegating the search for knowledge to authorities whom we trust without reservation means that we may actually know less than prehistoric cave dwellers.

2 Oct.
Kathryn Schulz
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Afraid that making a mistake will lose the respect of others and diminish you as a person? Schulz takes the position that experimental science has held since its beginnings: we learn much more about the world and about ourselves from being wrong than from being right.

23 Oct.
Daniel Kahneman
Thinking, Fast and Slow

Seeing the human animal as inherently irrational, Nobel economist Kahneman posits two very different systems we have developed for reacting to the world—the kind of fast thinking represented by instinctual reactions and the slow thinking represented by logic and reflection—and explores how the relations between them shape our lives and our sense of ourselves.

6 Nov.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Think Like a Freak

The authors of Freakanomics are at it again, applying mathematical models first developed by and for economists to examine a wide range of problems apparently remote from economics and urging us all to do the same.

Noon Time Book Discussion Fall 2017

For more information: contact Neda Green with the Friends of the Wilmington Library
302-571-7400 ext. 2407

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