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This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific…

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

by John Brockman (Editor), The Edge Foundation

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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
This is a mixed bag of very short essays by various scientists, philosophers, business people, and writers. Some of the articles (I estimate about 25%) I found quite good and, if not exactly innovative or profound, at least thought provoking. Others were fairly interesting, and the rest, well, I'll just call them less inspired. The book is still a good read because, as the introduction states, it gives us a glimpse at what some of the world's most notable people in their fields are obsessed with. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This is a collection of interesting ideas that could help us all better, smarter thinkers. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 22, 2016 |
Very short entries (1-4 pages) on concepts scientists wish everybody understood as it would make communication easier or avoid misunderstanding or lead to better decision making - based on a question asked the members of edge.org. Perfect to read in snatches over a long period of time.

Probably the best question to ask to get answers that make for an interesting book. A lot of food for thoughts. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
This book formed the basis of a discussion group consisting of eight two-hour sessions. Before each class, members had to read 50 pages (i.e., about 20 essays). During the class, we’d discuss each essay as well as the professional career of the person who wrote the essay. The members of our discussion group were mostly very bright seniors retired from professions that required doctorate or masters degrees (e.g., aerospace engineers, doctors, physicists, mathematicians, high-tech professors, academic librarians, high school science teachers, etc.).

The book provided a good framework for social and intellectual interaction among people who are used to finding pleasure through improving their minds. Most of the ideas in this book were not new to this group, but each was presented in a manner that caused us to think differently about the idea, especially as we explored them in a group context with a variety of different types of people from widely different science-related backgrounds.

Everyone in the class agreed that the editor had “frontloaded” the best essays at the beginning. As we got toward the end of the class, the essays got significantly duller and less inspiring. For the most part, we enjoyed the book. In general, as a springboard for discussion, it was good--not stellar, just good. Many people in the class said that had they not taken the class, they’d still have enjoyed buying this book and having it around the house to read an essay now and then as a form of cerebral pleasure.

Buying the book contributes to the online Edge organization (a private nonprofit foundation) dedicated to an important human endeavor, namely: to arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, by seeking out the most complex and sophisticated minds, putting them in a room together, and having them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. Reading the book is akin to participating in the conversation…albeit at a less lofty level. I enjoyed the book and most of all, our classroom discussions about the book. ( )
  msbaba | Dec 22, 2013 |
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This Will Make You Smarter presents 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.… (more)

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