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Do You Think What You Think You Think?: The Ultimate Philosophical Handbook

3 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom

Explore the gray areas in your gray matter—philosophical brainteasers from the bestselling author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten       Is your brain ready for a thorough philosophical health check?       … see full wiki

Author: Julian Baggini
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (August 28, 2007)
1 review about Do You Think What You Think You Think?:...

Noboy Ever Went Wrong Thinking About Their Own Thought Processes

  • Apr 16, 2009
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"Do You Think What You Think You Think?" was a nice little book with fun "thought exercises." This book was briefly discussed on a forum that I frequent, and as I've always been a fun of philosophy and thought exercises, I picked it up immediately (or as fast as the seller shipped it). Unfortunately, I don't think everyone will appreciate this book. With our dualistic and polarized thinking society, it can never hurt to learn a little bit more about why each of us think more critically about our thought processes; however, it seems anytime someone questions a belief or belief system, it is seemed as condescending or insulting. The authors make a good point in one of the potentially "controversial" chapters when they said "[This exercise) is a deep challenge only to those whose beliefs have shallow foundations." If you pick up this book with an open mind and wanting to know more about your belief system and thought process, then this book is for you. If you are only getting this book to reinforce what you already think, then you will most certainly not enjoy this book.

Before I get too far along, I must say that this book should not be read as the "be all, end all" guide to thought analysis. It is simply some basic exercises that must be taken within the context of the goals of the book.

Each chapter is divided into a different section: Logic, Taboos, Morality, Ethics, God, among others. While going through each section you answer questions that are later assessed to find contradictions or alignments in your thoughts and beliefs. A minor note that the authors are often correct that the scoring may "appear" difficult for a couple sections; but isn't. They are correct; however, the authors did not do as good a job explaining the scoring and I was sometimes left to read between the lines to figure it out for myself, and after I did, it wasn't difficult; but their description was rather lack-luster.

This book was quick to read and fun to engage in. I personally enjoyed every minute of my time reading and interacting with this book. Like I said, I think it is unfortunate that not everyone will appreciate this book; but anyone who considers this as a book to read must go in to the book at face value. Many of the questions and sections can easily be misconstrued as making "right or wrong" judgments or can easily be read as "what you believe is wrong." But again, I think it only goes back to how superficial the person reading the book is. I was never uncomfortable reading this book, even when it pointed out the most obvious contradictions in my basic thoughts and values.

The only other thing I will comment on is the price of the book. The back of edition I received had a price tag of $13. I would never pay that much for this book. I bought it from one of Amazon's used sellers for three or four dollars.

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