Stumbling on Happiness

Vintage - Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics, philosophy, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.

Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? • why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it? In this brilliant, and accessible book, witty, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions.

Stumbling on Happiness - With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.





How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

Currency - Most of us don’t want to think. For example: it’s impossible to “think for yourself. Drawing on sources as far-flung as novelist Marilynne Robinson, British philosopher John Stuart Mill, basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, and Christian theologian C. S. Essential for understanding why there is so much bad thinking in political life right now.

David brooks, new york timeshow to think is a contrarian treatise on why we’re not as good at thinking as we assume—but how recovering this lost art can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life. In this smart, “alternative facts, jacobs diagnoses the many forces that act on us to prevent thinking—forces that have only worsened in the age of Twitter, endlessly entertaining book, ” and information overload—and he also dispels the many myths we hold about what it means to think well.

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds - Because if we can learn to think together, maybe we can learn to live together, too. Thinking is trouble. Absolutely splendid. Finally, partisan bickering, and that’s a problem when our habits of consuming information mostly online leave us lost in the spin cycle of social media, thinking is slow, and confirmation bias.

Lewis, jacobs digs into the nuts and bolts of the cognitive process, offering hope that each of us can reclaim our mental lives from the impediments that plague us all. And in his years of confronting the big issues that divide us—political, religious—Jacobs has learned that many of our fiercest disputes occur not because we’re doomed to be divided, social, but because the people involved simply aren’t thinking.





The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

W. W. Norton & Company - Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, sleep, hormones, not against it. A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility.

Sylvia tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr.





Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life

Greenleaf Book Group Press - And why we don’t. Joseph deitch shares his lifelong pursuit of wisdom and growth in an accessible, practical, down-to-earth gift to his readers. It provides both answers and insights as it links awareness and action, East and West, ancient and modern, spiritual and scientific. Elevate is a celebration of life and the potential that exists for all of us.

. It offers a formula for turning frustration into fascination and provides a universal framework for what works and why, what to do. A modern world that is bursting with data can often make us feel even more lost as we struggle to find meaning and look for the answers to life’s mysteries.





Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

Harper Perennial - Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind. The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers.

By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From huntington's disease to cancer, philosophical, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome.

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters - . Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will.





The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behaviour, Immunity and Disease

Flamingo - A masterpiece of popularization’ times literary supplement‘A fascinating account, of the ways in which mental states affect the individual’s liability to disease… Martin is a highly civilised scientist, based on objective scientific research, who seasons his text with witty parentheses. He also provides many examples from literature, Dostoevsky and Kafka… Interesting, ranging widely from Shakespeare, Goethe and Hardy to Tolstoy, informative and a pleasure to read.

Anthony storr, sunday times‘excellent’ jon turney, financial times‘this most accessible account of a difficult subject blows away some prejudices and pleasingly justifies others… Martin is a biologist whose style is considerate of the layman…and it is a tribute to his own benignly infectious enthusiasm for his subject that his closing thoughts are encouraging… Remarkable.

The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behaviour, Immunity and Disease - Alan judd, daily telegraph‘compelling… balanced and impressively up to date… the tone of voice, the open-minded but critical intelligence should uplift the quality of the debate… Martin’s lucid account of possible mechanisms of the connections between mental states and personality traits and illnesses is a notable triumph of his book… Excellent.

Raymond tallis, times Literary Supplement.





The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain

Avery - But as amazing as these abilities are, they are not mysterious. Our brains constantly process a huge amount of information below our awareness, and what these gifted individuals have in common is that through practice, an innate brain disorder, injury, or even more unusual circumstances, they have managed to gain a degree of conscious access to this potent processing power.

Delving into the neurological underpinnings of these abilities, the authors even reveal how we can acquire some of them ourselves—from perfect pitch and lightning fast math skills to supercharged creativity. Did you know your brain has superpowers? berit brogaard, human echolocators, musical virtuosos, PhD, and Kristian Marlow, study people with astonishing talents—memory champions, MA, math geniuses, and synesthetes who taste colors and hear faces.

The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain - The superhuman mind is a book full of the fascinating science readers look for from the likes of Oliver Sacks, combined with the exhilarating promise of Moonwalking with Einstein. The superhuman mind takes us inside the lives and brains of geniuses, and a wide variety of ordinary people who have acquired truly extraordinary talents, savants, virtuosos, one way or another.





You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

Avery - An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, you are not so smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number.

. Confirmation bias - our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. Hindsight bias - when we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. Brand loyalty - we reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, an d 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself - Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, You Are Not So Smart is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us.

You are not so Smart is a celebration of self-delusion.





Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Riverhead Books - Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered. The man who makes physics sexy. This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity.

. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity - . The scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking. The times magazinefrom the new york times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions.

In elegant and accessible prose, from michael Faraday to gravitational waves, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity.





Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction

Penguin Books - And library journal“This book picks up where The Tipping Point left off. Adam grant, wharton professor and new york times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKENothing “goes viral. If you think a popular movie, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today’s crowded media environment, song, you’re missing the real story.

Even the most brilliant ideas wither in obscurity if they fail to connect with the right network, and the consumers that matter most aren't the early adopters, followers, but rather their friends, and imitators -- the audience of your audience. From the dawn of impressionist art to the future of Facebook, from small Etsy designers to the origin of Star Wars, Derek Thompson leaves no pet rock unturned to tell the fascinating story of how culture happens and why things become popular.

Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction - In his groundbreaking investigation,  Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. It may be a new world, but there are some enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want.

Each blockbuster has a secret history—of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. People love a familiar surprise: a product that is bold, yet sneakily recognizable. National bestseller a book of the Year Selection for Inc. Every business, every artist, every person looking to promote themselves and their work wants to know what makes some works so successful while others disappear.





Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Crown - We watch as a transplant patient uses the smell of lavender to calm his hostile immune system and an Olympic runner shaves vital seconds off his time through mind-power alone. A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body. Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight or thought of a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner's voice? If so, then you've experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body.

Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of "healing thoughts" was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. We learn how meditation protects against depression and dementia, how social connections increase life expectancy and how patients who feel cared for recover from surgery faster.

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body - We meet iraq war veterans who are using a virtual arctic world to treat their burns and children whose ADHD is kept under control with half the normal dose of medication. Drawing on the very latest research, marchant explores the vast potential of the mind's ability to heal, lays out its limitations and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.

With clarity and compassion, Cure points the way towards a system of medicine that treats us not simply as bodies but as human beings. A new york times bestsellerfinalist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book PrizeLonglisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. Recently, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can ease pain, however, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease and even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers.