What's the meaning of 'bouncing off' in this context?

Yes! In fact, that’s really why I called the book Thinking Better. Because I was sort of bouncing off that book of Kahneman’s, Thinking, Fast And Slow.

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It means "I was using that book [Kahneman's] as inspiration, then adding/creating my own ideas based on those concepts".

In a similar vein, you will read sentences such as "I was bouncing ideas off Joe" to mean you were telling Joe your ideas and asking for feedback.

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    Dec 16, 2021 at 7:47

There is another relevant meaning of "bouncing off" meaning to struggle to understand or fail to understand.

I was bouncing off Kant, so I switched to something less dense.

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