Andre Kukla is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, in both the Departments of Psychology and of Philosophy. He has published numerous philosophical and psychological articles and books, including books by the Oxford and MIT Presses. Mental Traps is his first foray into writing for the general public.
"I always suspected I had few bad habits of mind. Thanks to Andre
Kukla, I am now certain I have many. If that makes reading
Mental Traps sound like a dispiriting experience, it
shouldn't. Kukla has a light touch with weighty ideas. Readers will
be enlightened and entertained, as well as improved."
-- Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic "While it may be unlikely that any single person will have fallen into all mental traps so cunningly described by Andre Kukla in this exhilarating book, it is absolutely certain that every person will have fallen into some of them. That's why it will ring loud bells and switch on bright lights in the minds of all who read it. Which means, of course, that everyone ought to."
-- Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh, author of Godless Morality "Ever looked TWICE for your lost keys in an EMPTY bowl? Returned more than once to check you'd locked the door? Ever spoiled a moment by niggling with your partner over trivia? Ever been unable to get yourself to do something you really know you should? EVER LOST OUT because you couldn't decide between two great lovers, or two great investments? OF COURSE YOU HAVE! Andre Kukla shows us how to think about these Mental Traps. If you want out of the big sandtraps and onto the green, read his book. KUKLA IS RIGHT! We could all be bopping along much more comfortably towards our goals. His nice, clear, straightforward examples steer us past the trap horizons. He helps us out of dark mental ditches into which we have fallen. His stories give us insights we need to talk about to those who know us INTIMATELY -- or over the watercooler, in the coffeehouse, or at our bookclub."
-- John M. Kennedy, FRSC