07 February 2019, The Tablet

Speed reading: Chris Nancollas chooses books that provoke thought


 

We like to think that we know our own minds but, as the following two books demon­strate, what we think we know is often dramatically different from what we actually know. How To Think by Alan Jacobs (Profile Books, £7.99; Tablet price £7.20) shows how peer pressure, ingrained prejudice and addiction to logic rather than emotion can seriously im­pair our ability to think clearly. A rather stodgy read, the book extensively references other printed works, which makes it heavy-going for the uninitiated.

A much better read is The Perils Of Perception, by Bobby Duffy (Atlantic Books, £12.99; Tablet price £11.69).

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