In this provocative study of behavioral economics, Cowen (Discover Your Inner Economist) reveals that autistic tendencies toward classification, categorization and specialization can be used as a vehicle for understanding how people use information. Cowen spends a great deal of time dispelling autism's societal stigma, arguing that "mainstream society is reaping benefits from mimicking autistic cognitive strengths." As stimulating as is the premise, the book often feels like its own long exercise in categorization, with each chapter an analysis of the human mania for classification (e.g., the obsession with ranking achievements and endeavors). According to Cowen, human brains are constantly absorbing bits of information that get smaller and are delivered faster as technology advances. The more information people receive, the more they crave-this shorter attention span is far from a flaw to the author, but a liberating mechanism that allows humans time to contemplate more ambitious, long-range pursuits. The relentless analysis is occasionally overwhelming, but Cowen's illustration of our neurological filing system may help readers understand the mass consumption of information and just about everything else. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered Worldby Tyler Cowen, Patrick Lawlor (Narrated by)
As economist Tyler Cowen boldly shows in Create Your Own Economy, the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a/i>
How will we live well in a super-networked, information-soaked, yet predictably irrational world? The only way to know is to understand how the way we think is changing.
As economist Tyler Cowen boldly shows in Create Your Own Economy, the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation—in this case, the World Wide Web—so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential. Cowen argues brilliantly that we are breaking down cultural information into ever-smaller tidbits, ordering and reordering them in our minds (and our computers) to meet our own specific needs.
Create Your Own Economy explains why the coming world of Web 3.0 is good for us; why social networking sites such as Facebook are so necessary; what's so great about "Tweeting" and texting; how education will get better; and why politics, literature, and philosophy will become richer. This is a revolutionary guide to life in the new world.
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Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wilson Quarterly.
Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.
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Great book recommended by Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach as one of his best reads. Agree, very insightful about today's life and how we order and resource information to adjust and direct our lives. Book is hard to find, but the CD set is great, and Patrick Lawlor is one of the best "voices" in all bookdom. -- Paul
The title of this book is very dishonest. This book is about autism, and the title should have reflected that. There is no information in the book that warrants its' title. Why both the author and publisher felt the need to engage in such deception I do not know. If you are interested in autism you may enjoy this book, otherwise don't waste your money.
This book was presented in a magazine as something a bit different than what it is. The book is about autism and how those who have autism think. It is not really about economics, though an economist wrote it. After I read it, it did make me think about how a person thinks. It may be different for you.