Black and White Thinking

Black and White Thinking The Burden of a Binary Brain in a Complex World

Hardback (27 Aug 2020) | English

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Synopsis

'Essential insights into the character of human choice and decision-making. You'll not think about thinking the same way afterwards.' Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-suasion
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It is human instinct to sort and categorize. We are hardwired to discriminate and frame everything in binary black and white. It's how our brains work. Migrant or refugee? Muslim or Christian? Them or us? Rather than reaching out to those who are different, we bond with those who are similar to ourselves. Rather than challenging our own thinking about the world, we endeavour only to confirm what we believe.

The result is that the difference between polarized beliefs becomes ever greater. Dangerous possibilities arise. The Alt Right. ISIS. Brexit. Trump. Through persistent binary thinking our capacity for rational and nuanced thought - seeing the grey, rather than merely black and white - begins to erode.

Black and White Thinking is an alarm call. Amidst a rising tide of religious intolerance and political extremism, it argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can overcome it, make sense of the world and in future make much subtler - and far better - decisions.
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'Fascinating, important and entirely convincing.' Philip Pullman

'Kevin Dutton is a Special Forces style psychologist. Daring. Original. All-action. No nonsense.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Bantam Press

Bantam Press

Bantam Books, established in 1945, is one of the most successful publishers of adult fiction and nonfiction. Dell Publishing, a leading publisher of adult fiction and nonfiction for over seven decades.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787632325
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Bantam Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 75810
Number of pages: viii, 388
Weight: 618g
Height: 163mm
Width: 241mm
Spine width: 39mm