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This Will Make You Smarter

150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

Mr. John Brockman

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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, 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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I would file handsome smitty's review under most idiotic

Worth a read

While it may not raise your iq, it is full of the most modern scientific concepts.

Smitty is an idiot. I agree with the reviewer who said so.

The New Collectivist's Bible

This work is little more than a tool to shape Collectivist thought. A collection of scientific expressions that have more to do with as closed a belief system as any religion on Earth (I'm sorry - this 'planet,' since many of its contributors seem to detest any form of Individualist expression).

Ponder me this, though: If the new Quantum Theory seems to indicate it is possible that matter created itself out of total nothingness (which has to include the vacuum of what we call Space), then why isn't it as likely a Self-Aware Intelligence (I'll abstain from using the C or G-words) could also spring from nothing? Where's the numbers to prove or disprove such a possibility? Are these esteemed scientists incapable of considering such a probability because they cannot see outside our understanding of 'consciousness?'

I admit I'm enjoying at least the writing quality in this collection, if not the expression, which is so disappointing. I find the free thinkers of Science as boxed-in as the fundamentalists of Religion.

This Will Make You Smarter
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science & Nature
  • Published: Feb 14, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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