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Black and White Thinking

by Kevin Dutton

Black and White Thinking 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 _______________ 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. _______________ 'Fascinating, important and entirely convincing.' Philip Pullman 'Kevin Dutton is a Special Forces style psychologist. Daring. Original. All-action. No nonsense.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Black and White Thinking Press Reviews

Kevin Dutton is a Special Forces style psychologist. Daring. Original. All-action. No nonsense. * Sir Ranulph Fiennes * Kevin Dutton has the great gift of being able to see patterns in human behaviour... He talks about his discoveries, and about their implications for all of us, with the flair and clarity of a practised storyteller. Fascinating, important, and entirely convincing. * Philip Pullman * Dutton provides simplifying, clarifying and 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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787632325
Publication date: 27th August 2020
Author: Kevin Dutton
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Intelligence & reasoning, Behavioural theory (Behaviourism), Social, group or collective psychology, Popular philosophy,

About Kevin Dutton

Dr Kevin Dutton is a researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, and a member of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN) research group. He regularly publishes in leading international scientific journals and speaks at conferences around the world. He is the author of the acclaimed Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion.

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