Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

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

Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

by Laurence Gonzales

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Overview

“Well-written and fascinating . . . this is the kind of book you want everyone to read.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Curiosity, awareness, attention,” Laurence Gonzales writes. “Those are the tools of our everyday survival. . . . We all must be scientists at heart or be victims of forces that we don’t understand.” In this fascinating account, 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 blessings of evolution to overcome the hazards of everyday life.

Everyday Survival will teach you to make the right choices for our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world—whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393337068
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/05/2009
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 696,654
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232, and 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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