Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

by Laurence Gonzales


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Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things by Laurence Gonzales

In his earlier book Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzales examined extreme situations to determine which physical and psychological characteristics correlate most closely with survival. In this new book his focus is on the everyday situations where we are perfectly comfortable and believe ourselves, mistakenly, to be perfectly safe. With vivid examples, Gonzales illustrates how modern man has fallen into pattern of creating scripts for his daily life that prevent him from thinking critically about his surroundings.

Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the lessons of our evolutionary history to overcome the hazards of everyday life. Whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder, Everyday Survival will change the way you view your choices in our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393058383
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival,Flight 232and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston,
Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Prologue 11

1 The Untied Knot 19

2 Training Scars 33

3|yWhen Modern People Face Ancient Hazards 46

4 The Sign of the Hand 57

5 Groupness 77

6 The Corporate Emotional System 97

7 The Teaching of Don Juan 114

8 Pleonexia 134

9 "The Earth Is Rotting" 151

10 The Cosmic Cheat Sheet 182

11 The 10,000-Watt Lightbulb 201

12 The Inside-Outside Problem 211

13 Why We Care 220

14 The Climax Shape 233

15 The Guest Star 241

16 Land's End 254

Epilogue 259

Select Bibliography 267

Acknowledgments 271

Index 273

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