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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787630635
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $35.00
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Black and White Thinking

The burden of a binary brain in a complex world




With polarizing events like Trump and Brexit in mind, Black and White Thinking argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can adapt our thinking to make subtler, better decisions.

It is human instinct to sort, categorize 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 just like us, which means the difference between polarized beliefs becomes ever greater. Dangerous possibilities arise. The Arab Spring. Brexit. Trump. Through persistent binary thinking our capacity for rational 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.

  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787630635
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $35.00
Categories:

About the author

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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Praise for Black and White Thinking

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

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

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

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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