Psychology & Philosophy
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Francis Mark Mondimore
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; third edition edition (2014, Jan 16th).
xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. more
More Info | Google Books | Check AvailabilityAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Sarah Lewis
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2014, Mar 4th).
It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors—from Nobel Prize–winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery. This exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavor. The Rise begins with narratives about figures past and present who range from writers to entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Patrick Tucker
Publisher: Current Hardcover (2014, Mar 6th).
From Barnes & NobleBig Data is watching you. While you were tweeting, texting, or lazily browsing news sites or online shoe stores, computer bots were busy scrutinizing your every word or click, amassing information that can predict your actions with ever-increasing precision. Patrick Tucker has a vested interest in watching these watchers: As deputy editor of Futurist magazine, he has contributed mightily to the growing literature on these digital snoopers. In The Naked Future, he answers his subtitle question with mind-boggling stories and facts about what will happen next in all our lives. Publishers Weekly02/03/2014 Every time we swipe a debit card or a subway card, activate our GPS, or post on Facebook from our phones, we leave an electronic trail for others to follow. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Scott Weems
Publisher: Basic Books (2014, Mar 4th).
Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funnyand why?In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. Humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world. Showing that the delight that comes with getting” a punchline is closely related to the joy that accompanies the insight to solve a difficult problem, Weems explores why surprise is such an important element in humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what’s funny, and why it takes so long for a tragedy to become acceptable comedic fodder. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jonathan Rottenberg
Publisher: Basic Books (2014, Feb 11th).
Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight?In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of moodand his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adultRottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Chained to the Desk (Third Edition): A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat ThemAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Bryan E. Robinson
Publisher: NYU Press; 3 edition (2014, Feb 21st).
From the Publisher "Reorganized for easy reading, updated to include advances in both neuroscience and psychotherapy. . . . . The one constant in this edition is the amazing depth of understanding we've come to expect from Robinson on the topic of work addiction and his wonderful examples to pass that understanding along to the readers."-Gayle Porter,Professor of Management, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey "This is a comprehensive and highly impressive book that helps workaholics understand and change their behaviors. It presents cutting edge research that reinforces the exercises in the book, and is a great read for both workaholics and the clinicians that treat them."-Dr. Kristin Neff,author of Self-Compassion: How to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind "Bryan Robinson was way ahead of the times in describing what has now undeniably become the disease of our times. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: James Mahaffey
Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (2014, Feb 15th).
The lives of millions will be changed after it breaks, and yet so few people understand it, or even realize it runs through their backyard. Dvorak reveals the San Andreas Fault's fascinating history and its volatile future. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Rebecca Goldstein
Publisher: Pantheon (2014, Mar 4th).
Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. At the origin of Western philosophy stands Plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who lived 2,400 years ago. But Plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. On her way to considering the place of philosophy in our ongoing intellectual life, Goldstein tells a new story of its origin, re-envisioning the extraordinary culture that produced the man who produced philosophy. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Janice Marturano
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (2014, Jan 7th).
The complexity and relentless pace of our world places exceptional demands on leaders today. They work incredibly hard and yet feel that they are not meeting their own expectations of excellence. They feel disconnected from their own values and overburdened. By the thousands, they seek out books on leadership skills, time management, and “getting things done,” but the techniques these volumes offer, useful as they are, don’t often don’t speak to the leader’s fundamental sense that something is missing. Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness—meditation and self-awareness—with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability