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How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical way to learn to think more How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical way to learn to think more effectively and creatively? In this enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring book, Edward Burger shows how we can become far better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills using simple, effective thinking techniques.Making Up Your Own Mind teaches these techniques—including how to ask good questions, fail and try again, and change your mind—and then helps you practice them with fun verbal and visual puzzles. The goal is not to quickly solve each challenge but to come up with as many different ways of thinking about it as possible. As you see the puzzles in ever-greater depth, your mind will change, helping you become a more imaginative and creative thinker in daily life. And learning how to be a better thinker pays off in incalculable ways for anyone—including students, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.A book about changing your mind and creating an even better version of yourself through mental play, Making Up Your Own Mind will delight and reward anyone who wants to learn how to find better solutions to life’s innumerable puzzles.And the puzzles extend to the thought-provoking format of the book itself because one of the later short chapters is printed upside down while another is printed in mirror image, further challenging the reader to see the world through different perspectives and make new meaning.


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How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical way to learn to think more How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical way to learn to think more effectively and creatively? In this enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring book, Edward Burger shows how we can become far better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills using simple, effective thinking techniques.Making Up Your Own Mind teaches these techniques—including how to ask good questions, fail and try again, and change your mind—and then helps you practice them with fun verbal and visual puzzles. The goal is not to quickly solve each challenge but to come up with as many different ways of thinking about it as possible. As you see the puzzles in ever-greater depth, your mind will change, helping you become a more imaginative and creative thinker in daily life. And learning how to be a better thinker pays off in incalculable ways for anyone—including students, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.A book about changing your mind and creating an even better version of yourself through mental play, Making Up Your Own Mind will delight and reward anyone who wants to learn how to find better solutions to life’s innumerable puzzles.And the puzzles extend to the thought-provoking format of the book itself because one of the later short chapters is printed upside down while another is printed in mirror image, further challenging the reader to see the world through different perspectives and make new meaning.

30 review for Making Up Your Own Mind: Thinking Effectively through Creative Puzzle-Solving

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josh Friedlander

    A guide to creative thinking and problem-solving with examples. Somewhat grandiose in its phrasing. Main tips are to start with solving the simplest form of the problem possible, or else to try come up with a wrong answer and say why it doesn't work - getting the creative process started is better than staring at a blank page. A guide to creative thinking and problem-solving with examples. Somewhat grandiose in its phrasing. Main tips are to start with solving the simplest form of the problem possible, or else to try come up with a wrong answer and say why it doesn't work - getting the creative process started is better than staring at a blank page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alice Raffaele

    "Questo libro è stato scritto per... ...le persone che credono che l'istruzione debba servire a migliorare noi e la nostra vita, a permetterci di pensare in modo più efficace e di creare e connettere idee sempre più significative attraverso una forma mentis in continua evoluzione che contribuisca al nostro benessere." Davanti a un rompicapo di qualsiasi forma (non solo logico-matematica), si dovrebbero valorizzare di più i tentativi fatti e i modelli di pensiero adottati, non tanto la soluzione in "Questo libro è stato scritto per... ...le persone che credono che l'istruzione debba servire a migliorare noi e la nostra vita, a permetterci di pensare in modo più efficace e di creare e connettere idee sempre più significative attraverso una forma mentis in continua evoluzione che contribuisca al nostro benessere." Davanti a un rompicapo di qualsiasi forma (non solo logico-matematica), si dovrebbero valorizzare di più i tentativi fatti e i modelli di pensiero adottati, non tanto la soluzione in sé che, in fondo, ne è solo una conseguenza. "Risolvere un enigma è come ricevere un diploma: non è la cosa importante". La parola chiave è la pratica. Edward B. Burger cerca di insegnarcelo descrivendo uno dei suoi corsi universitari, "Effective Thinking through Creative Problem Solving". Un corso trasversale, dinamico e riflessivo, dove invita gli studenti a pensare meglio, a soffermarsi sull'ora. Lo fa introducendo prima le formae mentis di pensiero efficace - un pensiero critico ma più creativo, originale, anche empatico - e poi mettendo gli studenti e noi alla prova con una serie di sfide, di cui volendo fornisce qualche indizio ma non le soluzioni, per favorire una serie di momenti significativi di "paideia" (epifania). Quali sono le formae mentis per attaccare ogni problema? 1. Comprendi a fondo (inizia dalle cose semplici, metti in evidenza lo specifico, aggiungi l'aggettivo) 2. Sbaglia in modo efficace (sbaglia velocemente, sbaglia di nuovo, sbaglia intenzionalmente) 3. Crea domande (sii il Socrate di te stesso, crea domande basilari, chiedi qualcos'altro) 4. Segui il flusso delle idee (percorri tutte le vie, accogli il dubbio, non fermarti mai) 5. Sii aperto al cambiamento Gli enigmi proposti sono indicati per tutti, alcuni anche per i bambini. Alcune sfide sono toste! Ho apprezzato molto lo spirito di Burger: credo che seguire un corso del genere durante gli anni delle superiori o all'università mi avrebbe entusiasmato un sacco.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ملهمون للنشر والتوزيع

    قالوا عن هذا الكتاب جانيت براون، المدير التنفيذي للجنة المناقشات الرئاسية «يستكشف قراء هذا الكتاب الرائع ما اكتشفته أجيال من طلاب إدوارد برجر؛ وهي قدرته على استخدام الألغاز لمساعدتهم في حل أكبر الألغاز على الإطلاق — وهي كيف يستطيع المرء بناء حياة ذات مغذى عامرة بالإبداع ومتعة التعلم.» فريدريك إم لورانس، السكرتير والمدير التنفيذي لجمعية فاي بيتا كابا، والمحاضر المرموق بمركز القانون بجامعة جورج تاون «يرسم إدوارد برجر رؤية لطريقة جعل التعليم والتعلم ذات مغذى ويغير الحياة. فيركز أسلوبه على تعزيز حياة قالوا عن هذا الكتاب جانيت براون، المدير التنفيذي للجنة المناقشات الرئاسية «يستكشف قراء هذا الكتاب الرائع ما اكتشفته أجيال من طلاب إدوارد برجر؛ وهي قدرته على استخدام الألغاز لمساعدتهم في حل أكبر الألغاز على الإطلاق — وهي كيف يستطيع المرء بناء حياة ذات مغذى عامرة بالإبداع ومتعة التعلم.» فريدريك إم لورانس، السكرتير والمدير التنفيذي لجمعية فاي بيتا كابا، والمحاضر المرموق بمركز القانون بجامعة جورج تاون «يرسم إدوارد برجر رؤية لطريقة جعل التعليم والتعلم ذات مغذى ويغير الحياة. فيركز أسلوبه على تعزيز حياة العقل، وعلى الطريقة التي يمكننا بها جميعًا تعميق تفكيرنا أكثر. كذلك يقدم، عبر ألغاز محفزة للتفكير، طريقة ممتعة لاتباع نهجه للتفكير الفعال.» فاي فينسينت، مفوض دوري كرة القاعدة الأساسي، والرئيس السابق لشركة أفلام كولومبيا «يمثل حل المشكلات تحديًّا يوميًّا لكل منا، سواء كنا ندرك هذا أم لا. يقدم لنا إدوارد برجر مجموعة من الألغاز ويرشدنا برفق إلى حلها باستخدام المنطق والإبداع. إنه يذكرنا بأنه حتى حين نفشل، فإننا نكون دومًا فائزين. إن هذا الكتاب ممتع وينطوي على التحدي، وبإمكانه أن يغير من طريقة إدارتنا لحياتنا.» فاي فينسينت، مفوض دوري كرة القاعدة الأساسي، والرئيس السابق لشركة أفلام كولومبيا «يمثل حل المشكلات تحديًّا يوميًّا لكل منا، سواء كنا ندرك هذا أم لا. يقدم لنا إدوارد برجر مجموعة من الألغاز ويرشدنا برفق إلى حلها باستخدام المنطق والإبداع. إنه يذكرنا بأنه حتى حين نفشل، فإننا نكون دومًا فائزين. إن هذا الكتاب ممتع وينطوي على التحدي، وبإمكانه أن يغير من طريقة إدارتنا لحياتنا.»

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    Early in a semester, I like to pose to my college algebra students: Jack is looking at Anne, but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? This is from the 2010 book What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith E Stanovich. From the same book I suggest to the students that they apply “fully disjunctive reasoning”, a phrase I find is a koan-like tool for disruption of quick, reactive thought and nu Early in a semester, I like to pose to my college algebra students: Jack is looking at Anne, but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? This is from the 2010 book What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith E Stanovich. From the same book I suggest to the students that they apply “fully disjunctive reasoning”, a phrase I find is a koan-like tool for disruption of quick, reactive thought and nudging students into thinking of categories as a movement toward proof construction. During this time, we work in logic leaving strictly mathematical topics aside. Such exercises in critical thinking are also germane to this text and can be of benefit to students of mathematics, philosophy, engineering, and, well, life. The promotion line here is, “How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills.” […] [Look for my entire review at MAA Reviews]

  5. 5 out of 5

    رعد المحسيري | Raad Almahseery

    كتاب دون نهاية ستضطر للعودة له للتحفيز وممارسة التفكير والتحليل بطرق جديدة. والنظر للمشاكل من زواية مختلفة وتأخذ المبادرة والتجربة حتى لو كانت النتيجة خاطئة.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Esposo

    This is collection of "puzzles" similar in concept to a Martin Gardner puzzle/math book, but more general. The problems that are more or less mathematics, mostly hail from a "discrete mathematics" settings (those make the best puzzlers anyways). The book itself has about 25 problems, broken down into 8 or so "themes" or buckets. There's an introductory section and a post-script section as well, which explain the motivation for the book, how it is broadly integrated in a course curriculum, and st This is collection of "puzzles" similar in concept to a Martin Gardner puzzle/math book, but more general. The problems that are more or less mathematics, mostly hail from a "discrete mathematics" settings (those make the best puzzlers anyways). The book itself has about 25 problems, broken down into 8 or so "themes" or buckets. There's an introductory section and a post-script section as well, which explain the motivation for the book, how it is broadly integrated in a course curriculum, and strategies for problem solving. These sections should have been more substantial, and I believed initially that the book was more dedicated to the art (craft) of problem solving. The actual text is somewhat sparse with respect to this factor, and so it's difficult for me to give it anything more than an adequate score. I will re-score once I've had time to go through each problem more thoroughly. However, on initial inspection, they seem to be fairly common folklore problems in basic/elementary discrete math. The book is too basic for anyone with a 'decent' mathematical background (say someone who has taken and mastered a discrete mathematics/proof course (1st/2nd year at the UG -level). However, it makes an excellent onramp for those who may not have a technical background, but want to sharpen their skills (and possibly pursue further work). If you like this book, one may want to check out some of the more advanced problem books from Martin Gardner or Paul Nahin. I got both the Kindle and audible version, and I admire the real attempt to make the audio elements more "creative". I think they work together, but not separated. If you have to get only one, the kindle is fine. Getting only the audible is not recommended however. Conditional recommended for people who don't have much experience with problem solving, but want to start.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerimy Stoll

    Wow! What an interesting book. This book has quite a few puzzles, but the object of the book is not necessarily to solve puzzles but to meaningfully fail to solve them. By going through the exercises one will likely come to a solution that is a correct response. My breain hurts and I LOVE IT!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Byron Flores

    Somehow they started to going in circles to explain the same point

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Oy! How to make myself feel stupid? Try reading this puzzle book and utterly failing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hoor Al Ghazwi

    كنت جداً متحمسة لهالكتاب لكن مع الاسف خيب آمالي، قرأت ربعه فقط وماقدرت اكمل

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sufia

    Interesting read. However, the guide seemed to broad and vague and did not really explain to readers HOW to apply techniques to real world problem.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen Mary

    Challenging, even with how cocky I am. Forcing myself to be patient and explore all options from this book was beneficial

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Nunu

    الكتاب هو عبارة عن أنشطة فكرية وعملية لتشكيل العقل بعيدًا عن الدراسات الصماء المليئة بالجمل البعيدة عن الواقع او صعوبة تطبيقها عمليًا فهدف المؤلف من الكتاب هو اعطاء القارئ أنشطة وتداريب عملية تبني عقله بصورة سليمة من خلال الألغاز الموجودة بالكتاب. هو فرصة للتعلم المثمر والفعال. الكتاب مبهر من أول صفحة لآخر صفحة غير نمطي خفيف وسهل وأكثر ما اعجبني فيه انه غير تقليدي وخرج من صندوق التعليم التقليدي الذي وضعنا فيه الكثير

  14. 5 out of 5

    Benet

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenan Saeed

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle Cruz

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alfredo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bashayer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roosevelt Harrison

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  24. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Love

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paiman Chen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aletha Rasheefah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alanood Alharbi

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phil Beman

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Joe Danks

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