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Thinking As A Science

Henry Hazlitt

Book Overview: 

Written in a conversational style that will appeal to the younger person as well as seasoned professional, "Thinking as a Science" is timeless classic. Through eleven chapters, the last being a descriptive, annotated bibliography, Henry Hazlitt systematically takes the step-by-step on the process of introducing logic and context into the thinking process. The rather long chapter on "Reading and Thinking" clarifies several notions on where one needs to understand where mere knowledge acquisition ends and using reading the stimulate thinking begins. For an individual who was largely self taught, Hazlitt's contribution to the process of thinking is a must-read

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A practical guide to thinking with a focus on rules that will guide the reader to better methods of thought. Topics covered include concentration, prejudices, reading, and writing. The final chapter includes recommendations for further reading. I read this in college and, even though it was written

I was from the "knowledge is power" camp whereby to acquire knowledge for self-development, one must take the time to read and read and read widely. And thinking is the by-product of reading. Hazlitt had a different approach. If the aim is to enhance one's thinking, one should read less and focus mo

The book quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What is the hardest task in the world? To think.”
This is interesting, but more interestingly, the book demonstrates by its most chapters why the task is indeed hardest; and the most interestingly, the book does very well to encourage, and to give sound advice f

I like Hazlitt's somewhat dated but conversational style of writing. It's a very quick read that covers a lot of very basic (albeit probably not as common knowledge in 1916) ideas that can always use a good refresher.

The book brings up a few solid concepts in the final few chapters as well as posing

Without question this goes at the very top of my “books I wish I had read 15 years ago” list. Way too much packed in here to do it justice. Perhaps later I’ll write a proper review. Some quick notes:

You will realize how stupid you are, and how your ideas and beliefs are not your own, that is you hav

its a mix of self-help, econ, psychology and individualism. i loved it. i recommend it to everyone, but in special to procrastinators, or folks with problems with thought process.

True to its title, the book pursues thinking as a science. Thinking here is not for amusement, but to solve a problem. The larger problems can be broken down into subsidiary problems. For example, what should be the sphere of the government? can be asked specifically as: should the government interf

Short lesson in best practices in thinking. Mostly describes common thinking patterns and either discusses how to improve them and why, or why we should forgo them.
Easy to read, ideas and concepts explained carefully. So immersive that I read it cover to cover (only 250 pages) in one sitting. Easily

Written in 1916 when the author was only 24 years old.

The book is probably misnamed. It should more accurately be titled: "Exercises for the Mind: A user's guide to developing your brain for maximum effectiveness". I would probably put this book in the "self-help" category too.

I enjoyed this book

Excellent essay attempting to bring method to the art of thinking. While we all have meandering thoughts , the author is talking about thinking with a purpose, with a definite goal in mind, such as to solve a problem or understand a phenomenon. He gives many ideas on how to think systematically and

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