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Title:This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
Authors:John Brockman
Info:Harper Perennial (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 448 pages
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This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman (Editor)



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This is the best one of these yet ( )
  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 |
Some hits and misses here, my favourite of the former: kakonomics, risk-literacy, anthropocene thinking, keystone consumers, the umwelt, positive-sum games, and the idea that technologies have biases. Plenty for the mind to chew on and frame current issues with, some of the chapters and the explanations were a little hard to follow. I think what would have made this book better is if the editor took all these Thinkers ideas and paraphrased them all in his own words, at least that way the work would have a consistency to it. ( )
  leecalvink | Sep 14, 2014 |
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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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