Black and White Thinking
Black and White Thinking

Kevin Dutton

Black and White Thinking
  • Black and White Thinking

  • Black and White Thinking is an alarm call, an urgent and timely explanation of the polarization seen in some of the most dominant global news stories of modern times.

    'Fascinating, important and entirely convincing.' SIR PHILIP PULLMAN

    'Kevin Dutton is a Special Forces style psychologist. Daring. Original. All-action. No nonsense.' SIR RANULPH FIENNES
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    It is human instinct to sort and categorize. We are hardwired to discriminate and frame everything in binary black and white. It's how our brains work. Migrant or refugee? Muslim or Christian? Them or us? Rather than reaching out to those who are different, we bond with those who are similar to ourselves. Rather than challenging our own thinking about the world, we endeavour only to confirm what we believe. The result is that the difference between polarized beliefs becomes ever greater. Dangerous possibilities arise. The Alt Right. ISIS. Brexit. Trump.

    Through persistent binary thinking, our capacity for rational and nuanced thought - seeing the grey, rather than merely black and white - begins to erode. Amidst a rising tide of religious intolerance and political extremism, Oxford University psychologist Dr Kevin Dutton argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can overcome it, make sense of the world and in future make much subtler - and far better - decisions.

Dr Kevin Dutton is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a research psychologist at the University of Oxford. He regularly publishes in leading international scientific journals and speaks at conferences around the world. He is the author of Flipnosis and The Wisdom of Psychopaths, for which he was awarded a Best American Science and Nature Writing prize. His work has been translated into over twenty languages, and his writing and research have been featured in Scientific American, New Scientist, The Guardian, The Times, Psychology Today, The New York Times, The Wall St Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications.


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