This Will Make You Smarter
New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
By John Brockman
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062109392, 448pp.)
Publication Date: February 2012
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Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliantbut accessibleideas to expand every mind.
What scientific concept would improve everybodys cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the worlds 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 brains 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
The founder and publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of This Will Make You Smarter, This Will Change Everything, What Is Your Dangerous Idea?, What We Believe but Cannot Prove, and other volumes. He is the CEO of the literary agency Brockman Inc., and lives in New York City.
“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
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“Edge.org has become an epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology and beyond, hosting conversations with some of our era’s greatest thinkers”
“A winning combination of good writers, good science and serious broader concerns.”
-KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)