Book Cover - Book Review: The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

The popular misconception is to think that we think in our minds alone. It doesn’t work like that. Thinking is also influenced but what we do, where we are, and with whom we are. Our best insights may seem to come out of the blue, chances are external factors played an active role as brilliantly demonstrated by this book.

”What we shouldn’t do is keep our thoughts inside our heads, inert, unchanged by encounters with the world beyond the skull,” says the author. We need to think like our species evolved to think. Seeing thinking as something that occurs only inside us is detrimental to us and the world around us. This book has the potential to rethink how we think today using techniques from the past to create a bigger impact in the future.

If you want to think clearer, this book must be on your reading list. It’s not perfect, sometimes too monotonous as the author describes the results of numerous studies, but the key points are always instructing and easily applicable.

About the author

Julien Sobczak works as a software developer for Scaleway, a French cloud provider. He is a passionate reader who likes to see the world differently to measure the extent of his ignorance. His main areas of interest are productivity (doing less and better), human potential, and everything that contributes in being a better person (including a better dad and a better developer).

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