When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when everyone knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not. --T.S. Eliot

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

May 21, 2018-- "Last fall Alan Jacobs published a slim book with a bold title: How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. Jacobs is a professor of English literature, but in this book he joins a growing chorus of social psychologists who warn that enlightenment anthropology -- what Jamie Smith memorably calls the "brains-on-a-stick" model of human persons -- falls woefully short of reality. Rather, as people like Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Haidt have shown, our bodies -- our senses, emotions, and intuitions -- shape and direct our reasoning." (6788 reads)


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