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Mind Wide Open

By Steven Johnson
  • ISBN Code: : 0743258797
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Science
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BRILLIANTLY EXPLORING TODAY'S CUTTING-EDGE BRAIN RESEARCH, MIND WIDE OPEN IS AN UNPRECEDENTED JOURNEY INTO THE ESSENCE OF HUMAN PERSONALITY, ALLOWING READERS TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES AS NEVER BEFORE. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works -- its chemicals, structures, and subroutines -- and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug. In Mind Wide Open, Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of attention tests, learning to control video games by altering his brain waves, scanning his own brain with a $2 million fMRI machine, all in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? Along the way, Johnson explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events (and how we might rid ourselves of the scars those memories leave), what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, what it means that our brains are teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from. Johnson's clear, engaging explanation of the physical functions of the brain reveals not only the broad strokes of our aptitudes and fears, our skills and weaknesses and desires, but also the momentary brain phenomena that a whole human life comprises. Why, when hearing a tale of woe, do we sometimes smile inappropriately, even if we don't want to? Why are some of us so bad at remembering phone numbers but brilliant at recognizing faces? Why does depression make us feel stupid? To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self, and to see that brain science is now personally transformative -- a valuable tool for better relationships and better living.

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The Primrose Path is a near autobiography of hope, love, heartbreak, and the way life calls for acceptance of others’ choices if advancements are to be made. Aimed at the population of young folks negotiating the balance of challenge and pleasure in their lives, here is poetry and prose that call out to a generation. In mostly free-form verse written inside of a single year, author Marty Pasco contemplates the mysteries of a modern-day life for a young person. Leaving home and growing up. Partying and drinking. Loneliness and social media. Hope. Taken as a whole, The Primrose Path captures all the pleasures and pains that account for the details of a modern life for the travellers and hipsters and artists and outcasts who will find themselves well represented in its rich, raw pages.

Beyond Psychotherapy

By Don N. Bacchus
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  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Book Code : 1581129246
  • Total of Pages : 136
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 865
  • Pdf File: beyond-psychotherapy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Let's get real! Many people will never go to therapy. In addition, many people who go to therapy will make little or no progress largely because of the inability of the therapist. It is a monumental task to explore someone's psyche or to reconstruct human psychological functioning. When it comes to psychotherapy, we continue to fool ourselves and waste precious time. We need to tap into our own inner resources and use common sense to improve our lives. Be your own healer! Take responsibility for your life. Strive towards personal improvement. Rely on your own inner strength.You can hange yourself. Dr. Bacchus, in his book, Beyond Psychotherapy, provides 123 life changing ideas that will help you on your journey through life. You have much more ability within you than you realize. You can heal yourself. You can have a great life!

Mind Hacks

By Tom Stafford,Matt Webb
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
  • Book Code : 144939096X
  • Total of Pages : 396
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 805
  • Pdf File: mind-hacks.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious.Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen.Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain. Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works. Each hack examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, we pick up clues about the architecture and design of the brain, learning a little bit more about how the brain is put together.Mind Hacks begins your exploration of the mind with a look inside the brain itself, using hacks such as "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain" and "Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes." Also among the 100 hacks in this book, you'll find: Release Eye Fixations for Faster Reactions See Movement When All is Still Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty Mold Your Body Schema Test Your Handedness See a Person in Moving Lights Make Events Understandable as Cause-and-Effect Boost Memory by Using Context Understand Detail and the Limits of Attention Steven Johnson, author of "Mind Wide Open" writes in his foreword to the book, "These hacks amaze because they reveal the brain's hidden logic; they shed light on the cheats and shortcuts and latent assumptions our brains make about the world." If you want to know more about what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key--let yourself play with the interface between you and the world.

No Mind Left Behind

By Adam J. Cox
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440633843
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 576
  • Pdf File: no-mind-left-behind.pdf

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From the cutting edge of brain science, eight crucial skills for children?s future success?now in paperback. From a clinical psychologist who has devoted his clinical and research work to the study of executive control skills, here is a program for helping children master the eight essential cognitive skills that are critical for success in life in work: ? Taking initiative ? Screening out distractions ? Organizing ? Thinking flexibly ? Planning ? Regulating emotions ? Self-monitoring ? Using memory effectively Using case studies and anecdotes, Dr. Cox presents a comprehensive and practical plan for parents. The book addresses special-needs children as well as neurotypical children, and includes practical suggestions for parents and educators.

The One Year Impact for Living Men's Devotional

By Nathan Whitaker,Scott Whitaker
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  • Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1414388551
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 235
  • Pdf File: the-one-year-impact-for-living-men-s-devotional.pdf

Book Short Summary:

We've each been created for impact--a unique impact in this world. But too often we're distracted from the eternal significance of our actions by the more alluring paths of power, wealth, image, and status. This daily devotional will help men focus on their eternal legacies--what they can do each day by focusing on their God-given purpose, potential, passion, and platform. This is a perfect One Year gift for the man in your life.

The Unmapped Mind

By Christian Donlan
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0241980925
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 188
  • Pdf File: the-unmapped-mind.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed - a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too embarrassed to tell anybody about it." Shortly after his daughter Leontine was born, Christian Donlan's world shifted an inch to the left. He started to miss light switches and door handles when reachingfor them. He would injure himself in a hundred stupid ways every day. First playful and then maddening, these strange experiences were the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological disease. Ashis young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he too finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory ofthe brain. He is a tourist in his own body, a stranger in a place that plays bizarre tricks on him, from dizzying double vision to mystifying memory loss. Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys andanxieties of parenthood, and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life. An Unmapped Mind is a profoundly personal, uplifting and enriching memoir that will change the way you see your body, your mind, and the world around you.

Mind, Brain, and Education Science: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Brain-Based Teaching

By Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 0393706818
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 824
  • Pdf File: mind-brain-and-education-science.pdf

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Establishing the parameters and goals of the new field of mind, brain, and education science. A groundbreaking work, Mind, Brain, and Education Science explains the new transdisciplinary academic field that has grown out of the intersection of neuroscience, education, and psychology. The trend in “brain-based teaching” has been growing for the past twenty years and has exploded in the past five to become the most authoritative pedagogy for best learning results. Aimed at teachers, teacher trainers and policy makers, and anyone interested in the future of education in America and beyond, Mind, Brain, and Education Science responds to the clamor for help in identifying what information could and should apply in classrooms with confidence, and what information is simply commercial hype. Combining an exhaustive review of the literature, as well as interviews with over twenty thought leaders in the field from six different countries, this book describes the birth and future of this new and groundbreaking discipline. Mind, Brain, and Education Science looks at the foundations, standards, and history of the field, outlining the ways that new information should be judged. Well-established information is elegantly separated from “neuromyths” to help teachers split the wheat from the chaff in classroom planning, instruction and teaching methodology.

The Tao of Relationships: A Balancing of Man and Woman

By Ray Grigg
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  • Publisher : Green Dragon Books
  • Book Code : 089334561X
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 575
  • Pdf File: the-tao-of-relationships.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The balancing of man and woman is not just their coming together, but their ability to stay separate. Love, like the Tao, cannot be limited by time or words. They are a process, a way of life, a balance. They move from the yin and yang of male/female to the mystical wholeness of the Tao. This thought-provoking, intuitive, and inspiring volume is for all lovers to learn from and enjoy.

Thanks for the Feedback

By Douglas Stone,Sheila Heen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101614277
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 953
  • Pdf File: thanks-for-the-feedback.pdf

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The bestselling authors of the classic Difficult Conversations teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learning We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it. That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also want to be accepted just as we are right now. Thanks for the Feedback is the first book to address this tension head on. It explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace. The business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching people how to give feedback more effectively. Stone and Heen argue that we’ve got it backwards and show us why the smart money is on educating receivers— in the workplace and in personal relationships as well. Coauthors of the international bestseller Difficult Conversations, Stone and Heen have spent the last ten years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, they blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. The book is destined to become a classic in the world of leadership, organizational behavior, and education.

Making Sense of Mindfulness

By Keith Macpherson
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  • Publisher : Morgan James Publishing
  • Book Code : 1683509536
  • Total of Pages : 178
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 639
  • Pdf File: making-sense-of-mindfulness.pdf

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Mindfulness has become a major buzzword in culture today, and yet very few people understand what this word actually means and how to integrate this practice into their daily lives. In a world filled with noise and distractionsincluding cell phones, millions of advertisements, and increasing pressure to do more, be more, get more, and make more it is no wonder there is an alarming increase of anxiety and depression cases reported.In Making Sense of Mindfulness, Keith Macpherson offers an accessible, solid, five-step framework that demystifies the buzzword mindfulness and offers a legitimate formula to help combat the high stress levels and anxieties that plague daily life. Come back into balance as you discover the tools and techniques to successfully integrate and sustain a daily practice of mindfulness in your life. Its time to discover how to live your best life.

Soul

By Joseph Grange
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 1438433891
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: soul.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Revives the concept of Soul, urging an understanding of Soul as expression.

Theory U

By Otto Scharmer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Book Code : 1626568006
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 636
  • Pdf File: theory-u.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Access the deepest source of inspiration and vision We live in a time of massive institutional failure that manifests in the form of three major divides: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. Addressing these challenges requires a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to learning and leadership. In most large systems today, we collectively create results that no one wants. What keeps us stuck in such patterns of the past? It's our blind spot, that is, our lack of awareness of the inner place from which our attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer's U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self—the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration. Theory U offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders, organizations, and larger systems to cosense and coshape the future that is wanting to emerge. This second edition features a new preface in which Scharmer identifies five transformational trends and describes U process case stories around the world. There are also eight color drawings by Kelvy Bird that capture U journey applications and illustrate the concepts in the book, as well as new resources for applying the principles and practices.

The Wide Open

By Fredericka Hunter,Ian Glennie
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 0803218710
  • Total of Pages : 201
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 830
  • Pdf File: the-wide-open.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It is hard to love the high, cold plains of the American West. They are vast and harsh and demanding. And perhaps because they are so hard to love, prairies challenge the imaginative mind and the adventurous heart. The Wide Open reveals how some of the most interesting and accomplished writers and photographers in the country have met that challenge and given the genius of the prairie a vision and a voice. Their stories are as diverse as the tellers, ranging from fiction by Barry Lopez, Richard Ford, and William Kittredge, to the childhood histories of Mary Clearman Blew and Judy Blunt and the nonfiction narratives of Jim Harrison, Gretel Ehrlich, and Rick Bass. There are works by Native American prairie dwellers such as M. L. Smoker and James Welch and the photographic interpretations of Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner, and Geoffrey James. Personal or poetic, journalistic or scientific, these works eloquently attest to the prairie s abundance in all its human and natural variety, offering pictures as wide open and rich as the land they depict.