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Title Useful Delusions The Power and Paradox of the Self Deceiving Brain
Author Shankar Vedantam
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2021-03-02
Category Psychology
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780393652215
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the New York Times best-selling author and host of Hidden Brain comes a thought-provoking look at the role of self-deception in human flourishing. Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being. The lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations hold together while others splinter. Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of what it really means to be human.

Useful Delusions by Shankar Vedantam

Title Useful Delusions
Author Shankar Vedantam
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2021
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 264
ISBN 0393652203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the small niceties that foster social cohesion to the large claims about the afterlife that allay our fear of mortality, humans constantly engage in forms of deception. The lies we tell each other and ourselves explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don't. In The Invisible City, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler show that reason, logic, and data--the language of the rational brain--aren't enough to make us happy or bring meaning to our lives. They argue that stories, symbols, myths, and rituals--the dialects of the ancient "lizard brain"--are fundamental to human achievement as a cornerstone of business success, an effective tool in medicine, a way to bind communities and nations together. Drawing on eye-opening true stories, literature, and wide-ranging studies in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychotherapy, The Invisible City is part journey through cutting-edge science, part roadmap to a happy life.

Title A Brief History of Creation Science and the Search for the Origin of Life
Author Bill Mesler
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2015-12-07
Category Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780393248548
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life’s biggest mystery: How did it begin? In this essential and illuminating history of Western science, Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II seek to answer the most crucial question in science: How did life begin? They trace the trials and triumphs of the iconoclastic scientists who have sought to solve the mystery, from Darwin’s theory of evolution to Crick and Watson’s unveiling of DNA. This fascinating exploration not only examines the origin-of-life question, but also interrogates the very nature of scientific discovery and objectivity.

The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam

Title The Hidden Brain
Author Shankar Vedantam
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-01-19
Category Social Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781588369390
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

Parallel Time by Brent Staples

Title Parallel Time
Author Brent Staples
Publisher Pantheon
Release Date 2017-09-27
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781524747480
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Pulitzer Prize winner Brent Staples, an evocative memoir that poses universal questions: Where does the family end and the self begin? What do we owe our families, and what do we owe our dreams for ourselves? What part of the past is a gift and what part a shackle? For Brent Staples there is the added dimension of race: moving from a black world into one largely defined by whites. The oldest song among nine children, Brent grew up in a small industrial town near Philadelphia. First a scholarship to a local college and then one for graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him out of the close family circle. While he was away, the industries that supported the town failed, and drug dealing rushed in to fill the economic void. News of arrests and premature deaths among Brent's childhood friends underscored the precariousness of his perch in a world of mostly white achievers. A younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his "clients." His death propelled Brent into a reconsideration of his childhood and coming-of-age that offers vivid portraits of family and place, of values that supported and pressures that tore apart, of the appeal and pain of entering a predominantly white world, and of the strengths and vulnerabilities of the black world he grew away from.

Title The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
Author Matthew Hutson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2012-04-12
Category Psychology
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781101561737
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this witty and perceptive debut, a former editor at Psychology Today shows us how magical thinking makes life worth living. Psychologists have documented a litany of cognitive biases- misperceptions of the world-and explained their positive functions. Now, Matthew Hutson shows us that even the most hardcore skeptic indulges in magical thinking all the time-and it's crucial to our survival. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Hutson shows us that magical thinking has been so useful to us that it's hardwired into our brains. It encourages us to think that we actually have free will. It helps make us believe that we have an underlying purpose in the world. It can even protect us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. In other words, magical thinking is a completely irrational way of making our lives make rational sense. With wonderfully entertaining stories, personal reflections, and sharp observations, Hutson reveals our deepest fears and longings. He also assures us that it is no accident his surname contains so many of the same letters as this imprint.

The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef

Title The Scout Mindset
Author Julia Galef
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2021-04-13
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780735217560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"...an engaging and enlightening account from which we all can benefit."—The Wall Street Journal A better way to combat knee-jerk biases and make smarter decisions, from Julia Galef, the acclaimed expert on rational decision-making. When it comes to what we believe, humans see what they want to see. In other words, we have what Julia Galef calls a "soldier" mindset. From tribalism and wishful thinking, to rationalizing in our personal lives and everything in between, we are driven to defend the ideas we most want to believe—and shoot down those we don't. But if we want to get things right more often, argues Galef, we should train ourselves to have a "scout" mindset. Unlike the soldier, a scout's goal isn't to defend one side over the other. It's to go out, survey the territory, and come back with as accurate a map as possible. Regardless of what they hope to be the case, above all, the scout wants to know what's actually true. In The Scout Mindset, Galef shows that what makes scouts better at getting things right isn't that they're smarter or more knowledgeable than everyone else. It's a handful of emotional skills, habits, and ways of looking at the world—which anyone can learn. With fascinating examples ranging from how to survive being stranded in the middle of the ocean, to how Jeff Bezos avoids overconfidence, to how superforecasters outperform CIA operatives, to Reddit threads and modern partisan politics, Galef explores why our brains deceive us and what we can do to change the way we think.

Baby Birds by Julie Zickefoose

Title Baby Birds
Author Julie Zickefoose
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2016-04-12
Category Nature
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780544207776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julie’s sensitive exploration of often-uncharted ornithological ground. This beautiful book is as much an art book as it is a natural history, something readers have come to expect from Julie Zickefoose. More than 400 watercolor paintings show the breathtakingly swift development of seventeen different species of wild birds. Sixteen of those species nest on Julie's wildlife sanctuary, so she knows the birds intimately, and writes about them with authority. To create the bulk of this extraordinary work, Julie would borrow a wild nestling, draw it, then return it to its nest every day until it fledged. Some were orphans she raised by hand, giving the ultimate insider’s glimpse into their lives. In sparkling prose, Julie shares a lifetime of insight about bird breeding biology, growth, and cognition. As an artist and wildlife rehabilitator, Julie possesses a unique skill set that includes sketching and painting rapidly from life as well as handling delicate hatchlings. She is uniquely positioned to create such an opus, and in fact, nothing like it has ever been attempted. Julie has many fans, and she will gain many more with this unparalleled work.

The Ghosts Of Kashmir by Shankar Vedantam

Title The Ghosts of Kashmir
Author Shankar Vedantam
Publisher India Research Press
Release Date 2005
Category Fiction
Total Pages 196
ISBN UOM:39015066831663
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A collection of short stories that just completed about the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. One story from the collection, The Scoop, was described by Rod Clark as one of the finest pieces of fiction I have seen in a while. Individual stories in this collection are linked through common characters. The collection is called The Ghosts of Kashmir, which is also the title of the last story.

Wiser by Dilip Jeste

Title Wiser
Author Dilip Jeste
Publisher Sounds True
Release Date 2020-11-03
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781683644644
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the field's pioneer, an exploration of the neurobiology and psychology of wisdom: what science says it is and how to nurture it within yourself—at any stage of your life. What exactly does it mean to be "wise?" And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding? For over two decades, Dr. Dilip Jeste has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What's emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multilayered set of traits. Across many cultures and centuries, he's found that wise people are compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and "altitudes," and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humor. "The modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness, and internet addiction is damaging people’s health and destroying the social fabric," Dr. Jeste reflects. But we all have the ability to nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively. If you seek to be a wiser person—with your family, at work, and in your community—this book will show you how, with the researcher who's launched and advanced this exciting new path to our highest human potential.

Honor Bound by Ryan P. Brown

Title Honor Bound
Author Ryan P. Brown
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2016-05-11
Category Psychology
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9780199399888
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Culture of honor" is what social scientists call a society that organizes social life around maintaining and defending reputation. In an honor culture, because reputation is everything, people will go to great lengths to defend their reputations and those of their family members against real and perceived threats and insults. While most human societies throughout history can be described as "honor cultures," the United States is particularly well known for having a deeply rooted culture of honor, especially in the American South and West. In Honor Bound, social psychologist Ryan P. Brown integrates social science research, current events, and personal stories to explore and explain how honor underpins nearly every aspect of our lives, from spontaneous bar fights to organized acts of terrorism, romantic relationships, mental health and well-being, unsportsmanlike conduct in football, the commission of suicide, foreign policy decisions by political leaders, and even how parents name their babies. Sometimes the effects of living in an honor culture are subtle and easily missed-there are fewer nursing homes in the American south, as more parents live with their children as they age-and sometimes the effects are more dramatic, as in the fact that there are more school shootings in honor states, but they are always relevant. By illuminating a surprising and pervasive thread that has endured in our culture for centuries, Brown's narrative will captivate those raised in these types of honor cultures who wish to understand themselves, and those who wish to better understand their neighbors.

The Self Delusion by Tom Oliver

Title The Self Delusion
Author Tom Oliver
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Release Date 2020-01-28
Category
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1474611753
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Self Delusion makes the bold claim that our faith in the primacy and indivisibility of the individual is in fact false. On a physical, psychological and cultural level, we are all much more intertwined than we know: - We cannot use our bodies to define our independent existence, because most of our 37.2 trillion cells have such a short lifespan that we are essentially made anew every few weeks - The molecules that make up our bodies have already been component parts of countless other organisms, from ancient plants to dinosaurs - We are more than half non-human, in the form of bacteria and protozoa cells and genes, some of which can influence our moods and even manipulate our behaviour - And we cannot define ourselves by our minds, thoughts and actions, because these mainly originate from other people - the result of memes passing between us, existing before, after and beyond our own lifespans But that doesn't mean we should all simply reject the evolutionary illusion of individualism that has allowed us to succeed as a species. Instead, Tom Oliver makes the compelling argument that we have a better chance of facing some of the big global challenges ahead, such as loneliness, social inequality and environmental damage, if we can start to understand and accept the complex connections between us and see beyond our individualistic mindsets to view our place in the world as it really is.

Your Turn by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Title Your Turn
Author Julie Lythcott-Haims
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
Release Date 2021-04-06
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781250137784
Language English, Spanish, and French
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New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims is back with a groundbreakingly frank guide to being a grown-up What does it mean to be an adult? In the twentieth century, psychologists came up with five markers of adulthood: finish your education, get a job, leave home, marry, and have children. Since then, every generation has been held to those same markers. Yet so much has changed about the world and living in it since that sequence was formulated. All of those markers are choices, and they’re all valid, but any one person’s choices along those lines do not make them more or less an adult. A former Stanford dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising and author of the perennial bestseller How to Raise an Adult and of the lauded memoir Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims has encountered hundreds of twentysomethings (and thirtysomethings, too), who, faced with those markers, feel they’re just playing the part of “adult,” while struggling with anxiety, stress, and general unease. In Your Turn, Julie offers compassion, personal experience, and practical strategies for living a more authentic adulthood, as well as inspiration through interviews with dozens of voices from the rich diversity of the human population who have successfully launched their adult lives. Being an adult, it turns out, is not about any particular checklist; it is, instead, a process, one you can get progressively better at over time—becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and gaining the knowhow to keep going. Once you begin to practice it, being an adult becomes the most complicated yet also the most abundantly rewarding and natural thing. And Julie Lythcott-Haims is here to help readers take their turn.

Title The Emotionally Healthy Child
Author Maureen Healy
Publisher New World Library
Release Date 2018-09-07
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 232
ISBN 9781608685622
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While growing up has never been easy, today's world presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, posits Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy is an expert on teaching skills that address the high sensitivity, big emotions, and hyper energy she herself experienced growing up. Three simple steps are key — Stop, Calm, and Make Smarter Choices. While not always easy, these steps are powerful, and Healy shows readers exactly how to implement them. Children move from acting out or shutting down, experiencing frequent physical symptoms such as head- and stomachaches, or hurting themselves or others, to recognizing they are being triggered, feeling their emotions, and using mindfulness strategies to respond from a calmer place.

The Folly Of Fools by Robert Trivers

Title The Folly of Fools
Author Robert Trivers
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2011-10-25
Category Science
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780465028054
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores the author's theorized evolutionary basis for self-deception, which he says is tied to group conflict, courtship, neurophysiology, and immunology, but can be negated by awareness of it and its results.

Title The Mindful Therapist A Clinician s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration
Author Daniel J. Siegel
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2010-05-03
Category Psychology
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780393706451
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An internationally recognized expert on mindfulness and therapy describes techniques to harness energies and promote healthy minds, charting nine body functions from the interconnecting circuits of the brain, including regulation, attunement and emotional balance.

The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow

Title The Kings of Cool
Author Don Winslow
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2012-06-19
Category FICTION
Total Pages 322
ISBN 9781451665321
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A high-energy prequel to Savages shares the formative stories of Ben, Chon and O in Southern California from the 1960s to the recent past, describing how while battling a cabal of drug dealers and corrupt cops, the trio discovers that their futures are inextricably linked with their parents' histories. 75,000 first printing.

Friends by Robin Dunbar

Title Friends
Author Robin Dunbar
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Release Date 2021-03-04
Category Psychology
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781408711729
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Friends matter to us, and they matter more than we think. The single most surprising fact to emerge out of the medical literature over the last decade or so has been that the number and quality of the friendships we have has a bigger influence on our happiness, health and even mortality risk than anything else except giving up smoking. Robin Dunbar is the world-renowned psychologist and author who famously discovered Dunbar's number: how our capacity for friendship is limited to around 150 people. In Friends, he looks at friendship in the round, at the way different types of friendship and family relationships intersect, or at the complex of psychological and behavioural mechanisms that underpin friendships and make them possible - and just how complicated the business of making and keeping friends actually is. Mixing insights from scientific research with first person experiences and culture, Friends explores and integrates knowledge from disciplines ranging from psychology and anthropology to neuroscience and genetics in a single magical weave that allows us to peer into the incredible complexity of the social world in which we are all so deeply embedded. Working at the coalface of the subject at both research and personal levels, Robin Dunbar has written the definitive book on how and why we are friends.

You Are Now Less Dumb by David McRaney

Title You Are Now Less Dumb
Author David McRaney
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2013-07-30
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781101621783
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author of the bestselling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, and gives readers a fighting chance at outsmarting their not-so-smart brains David McRaney’s first book, You Are Not So Smart, evolved from his wildly popular blog of the same name. A mix of popular psychology and trivia, McRaney’s insights have struck a chord with thousands, and his blog--and now podcasts and videos--have become an Internet phenomenon. Like You Are Not So Smart, You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality--except we’re not. But that’s okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, McRaney provides eye-opening analyses of fifteen more ways we fool ourselves every day, including: The Misattribution of Arousal (Environmental factors have a greater affect on our emotional arousal than the person right in front of us) Sunk Cost Fallacy (We will engage in something we don’t enjoy just to make the time or money already invested “worth it”) Deindividuation (Despite our best intentions, we practically disappear when subsumed by a mob mentality) McRaney also reveals the true price of happiness, why Benjamin Franklin was such a badass, and how to avoid falling for our own lies. This smart and highly entertaining book will be wowing readers for years to come.

Mushrooms Of Colorado by Vera Stucky Evenson

Title Mushrooms of Colorado
Author Vera Stucky Evenson
Publisher Big Earth Publishing
Release Date 1997
Category Nature
Total Pages 207
ISBN 1565791924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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