This episode, I speak with Dr Tom Chatfield, a best-selling author and philosopher of technology, whose new book, How to Think, explores the habits and practices that are fundamental to clear thinking and effective study.
From the ethics of AI, and tech in deep time, to the philosophy of fake news and what it means to think well, Tom’s work explores how we might improve our experiences and understanding of ourselves, of one another and of technology.
His non-fiction books exploring digital culture, including How To Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Live This Book! (Penguin), have appeared in over thirty languages, and his critical thinking textbooks and online courses, developed in partnership with SAGE Publishing, are used in schools and universities across the world.
Tom’s also a successful novelist, and his debut, This is Gomorrah (Hodder, published in July 2019) was a Sunday Times thriller of the month, shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for thriller of the year, and it went on to win France’s 2020 Prix Douglas Kennedy for the year’s best foreign thriller.
I’ve had the pleasure of sharing several stages over the years with Tom, and with each event, I’ve come away feeling inspired and awed at his ability both to understand and to vividly convey the complex and nuanced ways in which we might more richly engage with the world.
Recorded on 21st June 2021.
Produced by Caro C. Written & recorded by Nathalie Nahai © 2021.