- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: penguin UK (11 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 024133635X
- ISBN-13: 978-0241336359
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Super Thinking Paperback – 11 Jul 2019
You can't really know anything if you just remember isolated facts. If the facts don't hang together on a latticework of theory, you don't have them in a usable form. You've got to have models in your head (Charlie Munger investor, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway)
An intellectual playground that will have your brain doing mental reps and seeing the world differently (Shane Parrish creator of the Farnam Street blog and host of The Knowledge Project podcast)
An invaluable resource for making sense of the world, making good decisions, and placing smart bets. A fast-paced and fun read jam-packed with useful information on every page. I wish I'd had this book ages ago! (Annie Duke author of Thinking in Bets)
Internalizing these mental models will help you understand the world around you. Once you can spot them, you can change your own behavior to avoid common traps, adjust how you interact with people to get better results, and maybe even articulate new mental models of the world that have yet to be discovered (Brian Armstrong Cofounder & CEO of Coinbase)
Internalizing these mental models will help you understand the world around you. Once you can spot them, you can change your own behavior to avoid common traps, adjust how you interact with people to get better results, and maybe even articulate new mental models of the world that have yet to be discovered (Brian Armstrong Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase)
About the Author
Gabriel Weinberg (Author) Gabriel Weinberg is the founder and CEO of the multi-billion dollar internet privacy company, DuckDuckGo. He contributes to a number of publications including Medium and is the co-author of Traction. Lauren McCann (Author) Lauren McCann is a statistician and researcher. She spent nearly a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, where she designed and analysed clinical trials and published numerous articles in medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and a B.S. in mathematics, both from MIT.
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If you liked the "Head First" books I would say this is similar in some respects; explaining abstract concepts and relating them to the real world in memorable ways.
Over long passages it feels the author copy-pasted from Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow, Rolf Dobelli's The Art of Thinking Clearly, Malcolm Gladwell's Blink, etc. for his own notebook and decided to publish it afterwards.
Don't expect anything original, but a good light read nevertheless.
Over large sections it just feels like a bullet point list of mental models and metaphors artificially woven together to appear as if there’s something like a narrative. Unfortunately, more often than not I was really missing a coherence in this stirring pot of ideas.
I’d dare say that cutting out 30%-50% of the mental models and instead honing in on the most important ones (80/20, you’ve said it yourself) could have provided much more value to the reader, especially with regards to retaining all these ideas.
Because come on, you really don’t need to explain to people what a “red line” is.
There are useful information in this book, but it reads like a notebook, copy and pasted together from the original sources. Thus, I followed the books own advise and, to prevent falling into the sunken cost fallacy, stopped reading.