This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking [NOOK Book]

Overview

Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant—but accessible—ideas to expand every mind.

What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, ...

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This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

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Overview

Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant—but accessible—ideas to expand every mind.

What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.

Daniel Kahneman on the “focusing illusion” • Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention • Richard Dawkins on experimentation • Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown • Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being • Nicholas Carr on managing “cognitive load” • Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating • Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles • Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion • Frank Wilczek on the brain’s hidden layers • Clay Shirky on the “80/20 rule” • Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world • V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts • Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence • John McWhorter on path dependence • Lisa Randall on effective theorizing • Brian Eno on “ecological vision” • Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts • J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life • Helen Fisher on temperament • Sam Harris on the flow of thought • Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty

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When world renowned thinkers like Richard Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Kahneman share pithy essays about their specialties, bright readers take notice. Moderated by Edge.com founder John Brockman, this trade paperback and NOOK Book original will heighten your understanding of several subjects. Editor's recommendation. (P.S. The contributors list includes three Nobel Prize winning brainiacs, but also the likes of Alan Alda, Irene Pepperberg, Lisa Randall, and Brian Eno.)

Vicki Powers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062109408
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 57,305
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Thinking, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and What Should We Be Worried About? He founded the literary agency Brockman Inc. and lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Random thoughts................

    If you like random thoughts, by random people, about random subjects…………..you may enjoy this book.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    So cool

    This is a great book for class

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Great book for the right person

    This book is great for those who would like to think about different ways to look at life. It involves different outlooks by many different people. Various philosophies are used and I believe this book is great for people who would like to expand their mind.

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    Posted December 28, 2013

    Love it

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    Posted June 12, 2014

    Hokey title, fastinating content

    Each essay in this collection focuses on one scientific principle that can be used in everyday life. I recommend reading one a day to really get your brain in gear and either learn a new concept or learn something new about a concept you thought was familiar to you.

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