One of the largest leaps in scientific understanding in the last 200 years began as a thought experiment – when Einstein imagined the implications of riding a beam of light. Since that Thought Experiments have continuously been used to explore theories, explain concepts, and to engage imaginations.
Thought Experiments cater to the curious. Within a science lab, you’re limited by things like physical space, money, and ethics. In your mind, you are not limited at all. Thought Experiments keep you mentally sharp by giving your mind a workout and challenging you to constantly think. They provide a manner to make complicated concepts more approachable, and help you to examine the consequence of ideas from various perspectives. Perhaps best of all, when done right, the Thought Experiments will blow your mind. Anyone who enjoyed The Matrix can immediately relate.
MIND GAMES is a collection of 25 original Thought Experiments spanning a host of topics – including science, mathematics, morality, social and personal concepts, and many other intriguing ideas. Aimed at anyone with a general interest in taking ideas and expanding them in fascinating and often mind blowing ways, this book will stretch your imagination and fill it with intrigue.
A hundred-thousand years ago one of the biggest differences between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom was that we were better at catching them than they were at catching us. Today things have changed...somewhat.
The ability to reason is what separates humans from animals, yet paradoxically what derails our thinking most is the belief that we're reasoning intelligently when we're really kidding ourselves. Thinking is easy. Anyone can think. What's important is thinking intelligently. The problem is that a battle for our minds is taking place, and most people don't even notice.
We constantly face things that affect the way we think. We're influenced from the news, social gatherings, what we read, what we are told, and what everyone else is thinking. Salespeople, marketers, and politicians who live off the idea of convincing us, know thousands of ways to push our minds in one direction or another so that we will depart with our money or vote a particular way. Society is littered with people who retain beliefs they cannot explain for reasons they do not know.
Make no mistake about it, what you think matters. People fight for their beliefs, defend them, and in some cases even die for them. Lesser minds might be content with easy answers and poorly thought out explanations. But if you seek a strong mind, you first must ensure that you are capable of overcoming the elements that influence the way you think.
INTELLECTUAL WARFARE is designed to equip you with the tools necessary to win the battle for your mind. The book spans a host of topics - including the human ego and natural biases, illusion and the complexity of ideas, and the weapons of persuasion constantly directed at your mind. You have a brain for a reason – now let this book ensure you are making the most of it.