This Will Make You Smarter

This Will Make You Smarter

New Scientific Concepts to Improve your Thinking

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Edge.org presents brilliant, accessible, cutting-edge ideas to improve our decision-making skills and improve our cognitive toolkits, with contributions by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more. Featuring a foreword by New York Times columnist David Brooks and edited by John Brockman, This Will Make You Smarter presents some of the best wisdom from today's leading thinkers--to make better thinkers out of the leaders of tomorrow.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper Perennial, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062109392
0062109391
Branch Call Number: 612.823 THIS
Characteristics: xxx, 415 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brockman, John 1941-

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1aa
Apr 23, 2018

The title is a bit misleading, but the contents are interesting - and there's lots of it. Perhaps the best one was the last - about taking out garbage (discarding many shorthand abstractions); the most worrisome point is in an article about the continuum of personality and insanity, where the author says "we are all more or less crazy" (p.322) (the author is a psychologist; I wonder if marketing professors have ever analysed the ploys of the "mental health" establishment for expanding their market). All of the essays are written informally and they give a smorgasbord of ideas from a wide array of intellectuals and disciplines, and if combined, serve to spur ones own thinking on any number of issues.

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Cyborg_Kid
Dec 26, 2013

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Prominent scientists were each asked to write a couple pages about the scientific tool they believe would most help people improve their thinking and decision-making. Some suggestions are pretty obvious (avoid distractions, consider all the evidence...) but at least a dozen ideas struck me as very interesting and helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone, although some knowledge of basic scientific methods is required.

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rsalvino1
Feb 22, 2013

The title and subtitle of this book are misleading. Unfortunately, the book is not about scientific concepts that will improve your thinking. If it were, I could use it. Then maybe I'd be smart enough to understand what this book is about. In reality, the book is a collection of brief essays written by so-called really smart people who are answering the cryptic question, "What scientific concept will improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?" The question is copied verbatim. Apparently there is one and only one scientific concept that will improve everybody's cognitive toolkit. Ironically, the book presents something like 150 essays in response to the question, and surprisingly each of them is different. So, at best one person got the answer correct. Also, I don't even know what a cognitive 'toolkit' is supposed to be. Like I said, I'm just not smart enough to figure this book out. I really do need the book that this one pretended to be--the one that will make me smarter.

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stewstealth
Jan 15, 2013

Contains approximately 150 different essays from the topic question: What is the one thing that would improve the cognitive tool kit. Each author responds with their opinion. Definitely worth reading. Best to read in short bursts so give yourself some time.

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StarGladiator
Dec 27, 2012

Hilarious, a book which claims to make one smarter, with an introduction with America's biggest douchebag, David Brooks!!! Seriously, I think I'll pass.....and hope in the country where the national religion is the devout worship of ignorance, most Americans by this time finally realize what all those "think tanks" (or more properly, skank factories) are really about .....

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russtm
May 28, 2012

James119 sums this one up perfectly; a terrific commuting book.

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james119
May 24, 2012

A fine feast of bite-sized food for thought, with lots of great additions to anyone's cognitive toolkit.

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