How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs

I purchased the book How to Think because I’m concerned. I’m concerned about the era we find ourselves living through. It is a time of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” It’s a time where we have partisan blindness and cultural clashes on far too many street corners.

You know what else concerns me? Most of us don’t really want to do our own thinking, or at least we haven’t acted like we’ve wanted to . . . not as a regular practice. It seems it’s much easier to stay in our comfort zone of thought, belief and bias. It’s easy to be rung through the spin cycle of social media, falsified news stories and wholesale bickering on Capitol Hill. Too many of us seek to confirm our biases instead of working to understand the reality of others and finding ways to connect.

It feels as if we truly need someone or something to guide us, so we can begin to form a shared reality with all our neighbors. My personal guide has been Judith E. Glaser’s Conversational Intelligence® models and tools. To augment those studies, I also read Alan Jacob’s book, How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (on

This book is a good starting point if you’re seeking a conversational guide. It can help us stimulate conversations in the pursuit of gaining knowledge. It can encourage us to reclaim an active mind and “THINK” again in addition to teaching us how to build relationships instead of fences. This video is a great snapshot of the book How to Think:


I also point you toward Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence (find on, if this is a topic that interests you. For a look at Lyn’s current reading list, download it from our resources today!