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

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

by John Brockman

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 6, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Featuring a foreword by David Brooks,This Will Make You Smarterpresents 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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 1.1 in

Published: February 6, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062109391

ISBN - 13: 9780062109392

Found in: Science and Nature

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

by John Brockman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 1.1 in

Published: February 6, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062109391

ISBN - 13: 9780062109392

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Featuring a foreword by David Brooks,This Will Make You Smarterpresents 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

About the Author

The founder and publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. He is the editor ofThis Explains Everything,This Will Make You Smarter, and other books. He is the founder of Brockman Inc., a leading international literary agency.

Editorial Reviews

?This Will Make You Smarter gives us better tools to think about the world and is eminently practical for life day to day. The people in this book lead some of the hottest fields.? (DAVID BROOKS, from the Foreword)