The Will to Think
Why does thinking feel like hard work?
You know that mental tension—perhaps you were wrestling with some mathematical problem, or trying to remember the shopping list, or attempting to ignore some noisy colleagues to focus on your work.
These activities provide a stark contrast to the gentle thoughts that appear when we daydream, or have an intuition about something, or let habit direct our behaviour.
Mental effort is a necessary part of life, but that’s not to say we don’t try to avoid it. We procrastinate where possible or take the easiest path when we know where that is. Why would you invest any more than you need to?
Would life be better if we actually enjoyed that feeling of effort? Is the mind like a muscle in that working it out will come with added benefits later on? Why don’t we think about more?
The Will to Think explores these questions and more. So put your thinking cap on and pick up your copy.
Full disclosure: you can read the majority of the Will to Think as an article on Medium. The ebook has a few extra sections and can be added to your reading devices to be explored offline. Purchasing it also helps to support my writing, but if you prefer to read it without the cost, head over here.
You can also purchase the ebook through Amazon, with a paperback option coming soon.