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The Psychology of Decision Making

A Guide for Everyone

Language:  English
This is a concise guide to how human beings make decisions, including how they form their worldviews and make arguments. It shows the common mistakes, and how to be sounder at making choices.
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This book is a concise look at the psychology of how human beings make decisions, including how they form their worldviews and make arguments. It shows the common problems and pitfalls, and how to be sounder at making choices. Topics include cognitive and unconscious biases, logical fallacies, echo chambers and epistemic bubbles, emotional versus rational thinking, social and cultural influences, and how to overcome stereotypes and other standard misperceptions.

About the Author

David Cycleback is Director of Center for Artifact Studies, and an internationally known scholar working in cognitive science, philosophy and artifacts history,. He was runner-up for the International Book Award for Philosophy for Noise Music: Cognitive Psychology, Aesthetics and Epistemology and a four-time Eric Hoffer Award Finalist. In their second printing by China's National Photographic Art Publishing House, his guides Judging the Authenticity of Prints by the Masters and Judging the Authenticity of Photographs were the first comprehensive books on the subjects published in Asia, and Art Perception is one of four books students are recommended to study in preparation for India's Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) for postgraduate studies in technical design. He has been a practicum coordinator for the University of Washington, an authenticity researcher for Arizona State University's Society for American Baseball Research, and is a member of the Oxford University Philosophical Society and the International Society for Philosophers. His other books include Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems, Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits, Limits of Science, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and Authenticating Art and Artifacts: An Introduction to Methods and Issues.

  • About The Author
  • Introduction
  1. A Quick Look at How the Human Brain Works
  2. Humans Cannot Have Certain Knowledge
  3. Humans Are Overwhelmed with Information
  4. How People Make Decisions
  5. Two Ways of Choosing: Maximizers Versus Satisficers
  6. Cognitive Biases
  7. Humans Hold Strong Beliefs That They Cling to Even When Proven Wrong
  8. Logical Fallacies
  9. Why People Make Logical Fallacy Arguments
  10. Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles
  11. The Dangers of Demonizing Opponents
  12. Misperceptions and Misrepresentations of Population Demographics
  13. Social Influences
  14. Ends Justifying the Means
  15. Misrepresentations, Biases and Faulty Reasoning Create Bad Decisions
  16. What to Do?
  • References
About the Author

David Cycleback