HOW TO THINK: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED
by Alan Jacobs, Profile Books, paperback £ 7.99, ebook £ 4.31
THE people who built the internet were probably not evil, but they have created an electronic monster that feeds off the most primitive wiring of the human brain. This has turbo- charged the culture wars that have been rumbling since the 1970s and is fast destroying the civility, and respect for one’s opponent’s right to be wrong, upon which democratic systems are based. A person can be full of higher moral purpose, and still damnably cruel.
In this chatty and readable book, humanities professor Alan Jacobs looks at how we ourselves can tame our appalling lizard brains by bringing our pre- conscious thought- formation processes into the conscious light of day.
His conclusion is that for better or worse ( it can be both), good thinking is helped by empathy and it should be a group activity.