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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</p><p><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</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>"<i>Factfulness</i> by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama</b><b><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>
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>
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>
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<b>In her instant, multi-month <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (<i>People</i>).</b><BR><BR>The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.<BR> <BR> In <i>Grit</i>, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.<BR> <BR> “Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>). Among <i>Grit</i>’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts <i>twice </i>toward your goal; grit can be <i>learned</i>, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, <i>Grit</i> is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how<i> that</i>—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (<i>The Wall Street Journal)</i>.
Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
by Steven Johnson

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b><b>The hardest choices are also the most consequential. So why do we know so little about how to get them right? </b></b><br /><br />Big, life-altering decisions matter so much more than the decisions we make every day, and they're also the most difficult: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. There's no one-size-fits-all approach for addressing these kinds of conundrums. <br /><br />Steven Johnson's classic <i>Where Good Ideas Come From</i> inspired creative people all over the world with new ways of thinking about innovation. In <i>Farsighted,</i> he uncovers powerful tools for honing the important skill of complex decision-making. While you can't model a once-in-a-lifetime choice, you <i>can</i> model the deliberative tactics of expert decision-makers. These experts aren't just the master strategists running major companies or negotiating high-level diplomacy. They're the novelists who draw out the complexity of their characters' inner lives, the city officials who secure long-term water supplies, and the scientists who reckon with future challenges most of us haven't even imagined. The smartest decision-makers don't go with their guts. Their success relies on having a future-oriented approach and the ability to consider all their options in a creative, productive way. <br /><br />Through compelling stories that reveal surprising insights, Johnson explains how we can most effectively approach the choices that can chart the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. <i>Farsighted</i> will help you imagine your possible futures and appreciate the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
by , Dan Gardner

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

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<b>A </b><i><b>New York Times </b></i><b>Bestseller and an <i>Economist</i> Best Book of 2015</b><br /><br />"<b>The most important book on decision making since Daniel Kahneman's <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i>.</b>"<br />—<b>Jason Zweig, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br />  <br /> Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week’s meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts’ predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight, and Tetlock has spent the past decade trying to figure out why. What makes some people so good? And can this talent be taught?<br />  <br /> In <i>Superforecasting</i>, Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner offer a masterwork on prediction, drawing on decades of research and the results of a massive, government-funded forecasting tournament. The Good Judgment Project involves tens of thousands of ordinary people—including a Brooklyn filmmaker, a retired pipe installer, and a former ballroom dancer—who set out to forecast global events. Some of the volunteers have turned out to be astonishingly good. They’ve beaten other benchmarks, competitors, and prediction markets. They’ve even beaten the collective judgment of intelligence analysts with access to classified information. They are "superforecasters."<br />  <br /> In this groundbreaking and accessible book, Tetlock and Gardner show us how we can learn from this elite group. Weaving together stories of forecasting successes (the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound) and failures (the Bay of Pigs) and interviews with a range of high-level decision makers, from David Petraeus to Robert Rubin, they show that good forecasting doesn’t require powerful computers or arcane methods. It involves gathering evidence from a variety of sources, thinking probabilistically, working in teams, keeping score, and being willing to admit error and change course. <br /><br /><i>Superforecasting</i> offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future—whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life—and is destined to become a modern classic.
Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction
by Chris Bailey

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English

Pages

255

Publication Date

August 28, 2018

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<b>A practical guide to managing your attention--the most powerful resource you have to get stuff done, become more creative, and live a meaningful life</b><br /><br />Our attention has never been as overwhelmed as it is today. Many of us recognize that our brains struggle to multitask. Despite this, we feel compelled to do so anyway while we fill each moment of our lives to the brim with mindless distraction. <i>Hyperfocus</i> provides profound insights into how you can best take charge of your attention to achieve a greater sense of purpose and productivity throughout the day.<br /><br />The most recent neuroscientific research reveals that our brain has two powerful modes that can be unlocked when we use our attention effectively: a focused mode (hyperfocus), which is the foundation for being highly productive, and a creative mode (scatterfocus), which enables us to connect ideas in novel ways. <i>Hyperfocus</i> helps you access each of the two mental modes so you can concentrate more deeply, think more clearly, and work and live more deliberately every day. Chris Bailey examines such topics such as:<br /><br />  <b>*</b>  identifying and dealing with the four key types of distraction and interruption;<br />  <b>*</b>  establishing a clear physical and mental environment in which to work;<br />  <b>*</b>  controlling motivation and working fewer hours to become more productive;<br />  <b>*</b>  taking time-outs with intention;<br />  <b>*</b>  multitasking <i>strategically</i>; and<br />  <b>*</b>  learning when to pay attention and when to let your mind wander wherever it wants to.<br /><br />By transforming how you think about your attention,<i> Hyperfocus</i> reveals that the more effectively you learn to take charge of it, the better you'll be able to manage every aspect of your life.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David D. Burns M.D.

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English

Pages

736

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>
The Disciplined Mind: Strengthen Your Willpower, Develop Mental T...
by Zoe McKey

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English

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Publication Date

September 08, 2018

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<h2>Do you fail to follow your plans despite your best intentions? Are your mental toughness and willpower keeping you from the life you want? </h2><br />If your life is starting to resemble a never-ending hamster wheel from a lack of intentional action – you need to discipline your mind. <br /><br /><h2>Dreaming day and night doesn’t create the life you want – disciplined action does. </h2><br />Where you end up in life is determined by a number of times you fall and get up, and how much pain and discomfort you can withstand along the way. The path to an extraordinary accomplishment and a life worth living is not innate talent, but focus, willpower, and disciplined action. <br /><br /><h2>Maximize your brain power and keep in control of your thoughts. </h2><br />In <b>The Disciplined Mind</b>, you will find unique lessons through which you will learn those essential steps and qualities that are needed to reach your goals easier and faster. <br /><br /><h2>Take control over your life. </h2><br />-Learn about 3 types of stress and how can you turn stress to your benefit;<br />-<b>Key steps to patience and self-discipline;</b><br />-The method for focused action and maximum productivity; <br />-<b>How to overcome the fear of failure; </b><br />-Get the results you want.<br /><br />With a disciplined mind you will be able to <b>live a more stress-free and well-balanced life. </b> You won’t sabotage yourself with negative self-talks, procrastination, and unintentional behavior. You’ll learn to <b>prioritize your tasks</b> to harness the most productive results – even on those days when you are not in a good mood.<br />
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have Al...
by Annie Duke

Language

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.

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