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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Thi...
by , Ola Rosling

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But <i>Factfulness</i> does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” <i>—</i>Melinda Gates<i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Factfulnes</i>s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. </b></p><p>When asked simple questions about global trends—<i>what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school</i>—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.</p><p>In <i>Factfulness</i>, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers <b>a radical new explanation of why this happens</b>. They reveal <b>the ten instincts that distort our perspective</b>—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of <i>us</i> and <i>them</i>) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). </p><p>Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.</p><p><b>It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.</b> That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. </p><p>Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, <b><i>Factfulness </i>is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. </b></p><p>---</p><p>“This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance…Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” Hans Rosling, February 2017.</p>
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer

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English

Pages

199

Publication Date

October 03, 2007

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<DIV><P>Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. <STRONG>The Untethered Soul</STRONG>, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. </P><P>This book, copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue we all live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment, the embrace of universal consciousness, is the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of unconditional happiness. Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.</P></DIV>
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

October 25, 2011

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<p>Major <i>New York Times</i> bestseller<br />Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012<br />Selected by the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> as one of the ten best books of 2011<br />A <i>Globe and Mail</i> Best Books of the Year 2011 Title<br />One of <i>The Economist</i>'s 2011 Books of the Year <br />One of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>'s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011<br />2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient<br />Kahneman's work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewis's <i>The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds</i></p><p>In the international bestseller, <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i>, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.</p><p>Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by <i>The New York Times Book Review</i> as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking<i>, Fast and Slow</i> is destined to be a classic.</p>
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It ...
by Benedict Carey

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

September 09, 2014

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<b>In the tradition of <i>The Power of Habit </i>and<i> Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today—and how we can apply it to our own lives.</b><br /><br /> From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital.<br /><br /> But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? And what if there was a way to achieve more with less effort?<br /><br /> In <i>How We Learn,</i> award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey’s search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives—and less of a chore.<br /><br /> By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it’s wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it’s smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that’s because the research defies what we’ve been told, throughout our lives, about how best to learn.<br /><br /> The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In<i> How We Learn, </i>Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have Al...
by Annie Duke

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b>Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.</b><br /><br />In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a hand off to his star running back. The pass was intercepted and the Seahawks lost. Critics called it the dumbest play in history. But was the call really that bad? Or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck?<br /><br />Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making? <br /><br />Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, draws on examples from business, sports, politics, and (of course) poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions. For most people, it's difficult to say "I'm not sure" in a world that values and, even, rewards the appearance of certainty. But professional poker players are comfortable with the fact that great decisions don't always lead to great outcomes and bad decisions don't always lead to bad outcomes.<br /><br />By shifting your thinking from a need for certainty to a goal of accurately assessing what you know and what you don't, you'll be less vulnerable to reactive emotions, knee-jerk biases, and destructive habits in your decision making. You'll become more confident, calm, compassionate and successful in the long run.
The Critical Thinker: The Path To Better Problem Solving, Accurat...
by Steven Schuster

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English

Pages

166

Publication Date

May 05, 2018

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<h2>Do you want to be logical like Einstein, observant like Sherlock, and rational like Plato? </h2><br />These great names have something in common: they are all exceptional critical thinkers. <br /> <br />What did they do differently that made them so recognizable for their intellects? <br /><br />•They thought slowly and deliberately before making a snap judgment or decision<br />•<b>They questioned every fact and opinion (including their own) </b><br />•They took the time to study the subject or object of their decision making to gather information before jumping to conclusions<br />•<b>They accepted and expected that human nature is ultimately biased and prone to make cognitive errors</b><br /><br /><i>The Critical Thinker</i> gives you a thorough description of the rules and principles of critical thinking practiced by Einstein, Plato and every great thinker in history. You will learn about the most important critical thinking principles as well as shortcuts to <b>make better decisions in specific situations.</b> These critical thinking principles will help your personal life, career, and friendships.<br /><br />Improve your <b>critical, logical, observational, and rational thinking skills</b> with the timeless principles presented in this book.<br /><br /><h2>Critical thinking skills will improve your relationships and your financial life too. </h2><br />•Learn the main principles of critical thinking.<br />•<b>Train your cognitive muscles to think faster and jump to the best conclusions effortlessly. </b><br />•Find the most rewarding options in any opportunity.<br />•<b>Don’t just attack symptoms, solve your problems once and for all. </b><br /><br /><br /><h2>Become a lie and cognitive bias detector. </h2> <br /><i>The Critical Thinker</i> is a fitting read for everyone who wants to improve their critical thinking skills. Regardless of your stage of life or field of work (business, education, healthcare, or student) you’ll find the book equally useful. <br /><br />•Become a more effective communicator with more impactful points.<br />•<b>Detect the thinking errors of larger groups or individuals. </b><br />•Powerful questions to effectively self-assess. <br />•<b>Best practices to employ critical thinking principles in your life immediately. </b> <br /><br />Improving your critical thinking skills will help you save time, filter out irrelevant information efficiently, and prioritize your resources to get the best results. It will help you identify better problem-solving approaches rather than relying on standard methods that don’t suit your case. Critical thinking will enhance your communication skills, reasoning, and logic. You will also become more compassionate and understanding for the perspectives of others.<br /><br /><h2>Be solution-oriented, solve difficult tasks, and understand the world better. </h2><br /><br />*Please note the following before purchasing the book: The book is not strictly about the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Their picture is used for cover art purposes.
Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the H...
by , Karen Newell

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>Dr. Eben Alexander, author of international phenomenon <i>Proof of Heaven, </i>shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness and how to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose.</b><br /><br />In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a weeklong coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but he miraculously survived and brought back with him an astounding story. During those 7 days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned changed everything he knew about the brain, mind, and consciousness and drove him to ask a question confounding the entire scientific community: How do you explain the origins of consciousness if it is not a byproduct of the brain? His challenge relates to a revolutionary shift now underway within our modern scientific understanding. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully understanding how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited power to heal.<br /><br />In <i>Living in a Mindful Universe,</i> the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Proof of Heaven </i>and <i>The Map of Heaven</i> shares his insights into the true nature of consciousness. Embracing his radically new worldview, he began a committed program of personal exploration into nonlocal consciousness. Along the way, he met Karen Newell, who had spent most of her lifetime living the worldview he had only just discovered was possible. Her personal knowledge came from testing various techniques and theories as part of her daily routine. With <i>Living in a Mindful Universe,</i> they teach you how to tap into your greater mind and the power of the heart to facilitate enhancement of healing, relationships, creativity, guidance, and more. Using various modalities related to meditation and mindfulness, you will gain the power to access that infinite source of knowing so vital to us all, ultimately enriching every facet of your life.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David D. Burns M.D.

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English

Pages

681

Publication Date

November 20, 2012

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<p>The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other 'black holes' of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.</p><p>Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumer's Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.</p><p>Recognise what causes your mood swings.</p><p>Nip negative feelings in the bud.</p><p>Deal with guilt.</p><p>Handle hostility and criticism.</p><p>Overcome addiction to love and approval.</p><p>Build self-esteem.</p><p>Feel good everyday.</p><p>Some text and images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.</p>
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink

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English

Pages

268

Publication Date

January 09, 2018

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<b>Instant <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br />#1 <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Business Bestseller<br />Instant <i>Washington Post</i> Bestseller<br /><br />"Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice." --<i>The Wall Street Journal</i><br /><br />Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of <i>Drive</i> and <i>To Sell Is Human</i>, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.</b><br /><br />Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.<br /><br />Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In W<i>hen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing</i>, Pink shows that timing is really a science.<br /><br />Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?<br /><br />In <i>When</i>, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

December 06, 2016

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<p>“Brilliant. . . . Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” —William Easterly, <em>Wall Street Journal</em></p><br />Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. One of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, Kahneman and Tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. In <em>The Undoing Project,</em> Lewis shows how their Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

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