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  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

    A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lawrence M. Krauss
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Free Press (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   256

    “WHERE DID THE UNIVERSE COME FROM? WHAT WAS THERE BEFORE IT? WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING? AND FINALLY, WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING?” Lawrence Krauss’s provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a million viewers. The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it’s the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. As Krauss argues, scientists have, however, historically focused on other, more pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the quality of our lives. more

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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

    The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kelly McGonigal
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Avery (2011, Dec 29th).
    Pages:   272

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn:Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. more

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