• Michael Hilton

An Additional Unsolicited Blog Post | The Weekly Geek 46

Whatup, nerds. Here's a short list of stuff I'm geeking out about.

  • What I'm watching: The Bad Batch. This animated Star Wars spinoff of The Clone Wars follows a group of genetically aberrant Clone Troopers as they grapple with the aftermath of Palpatine's order to kill the Jedi at the end of Revenge of the Sith. While I was a big fan of Rebels, I found The Clone Wars never quite did it for me. This spinoff series, however, is off to a strong start as it invests us in characters struggling to make sense of great tragedy.

  • Book I'm reading: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Without a doubt, this book absolutely changed the way I think about everything. Kahneman presents a wealth of research and commentary to describe what he calls our two systems of thinking: fast and slow. Thinking fast involves categorizing information almost instantaneously with previous experience, which is often biased, while thinking slow involves more critical thought processes to arrive at a conclusion. Neither is "right" or "wrong," as they simply serve two different purposes. You need to be able to "think fast" to assess potential danger and make decisions with imperfect information, but you also need to recognize when this system of thought is leading you to the wrong conclusion. "How do you know what you know?" is a question I now constantly ask myself, and this insight into two systems of thinking has made me much less biased and judgmental about people or situations. I can now more easily accept and challenge new information dispassionately and also recognize where my biases may be coming into play. Cannot recommend this book enough.

That's it for this week! If you like discovering awesome new things, be sure to subscribe and share!

P.S. My short story appearing in All Things Weird and Strange is available now! The ebook is only $0.99 and you get six awesome short stories! Seriously, it's a dollar, go get it.

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