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Black and White Thinking: The burden of a binary brain in a complex world

Kevin Dutton

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Bantam
01 September 2020
Popular philosophy; Psychology; Behavioural theory (Behaviourism); Social, group or collective psychology; Intelligence & reasoning
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.
By:   Kevin Dutton
Imprint:   Bantam
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   487g
ISBN:   9781787630635
ISBN 10:   1787630633
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Black and White Thinking: The burden of a binary brain in a complex world

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 *


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