Do you need to accept excess stress as the nature of the twenty-first century beast? Or is it possible that there might be a comprehensive organizational system that can handle the demands of the Information Age while also making you more productive, creative, and stress-free? Knowledge workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your stress!
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Author and international health professor, Hans Rosling, calls Factfulness “his very last battle in [his] lifelong mission to fight devastating global ignorance.” After years of trying to convince the world that all development indicators point to vast improvements on a global scale, Rosling digs deeper to explore why people systematically have a negative view of where humanity is heading. He identifies a number of deeply human tendencies that predispose us to believe the worst. For every instinct that he names, he offers some rules of thumb for replacing this overdramatic worldview with a “factful” one.
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In Enlightenment Now, Pinker argues that our twenty-first-century world would benefit greatly from a revitalization of the values of reason, science, humanism and progress. In contrast with the somber tenor of most social commentary, Enlightenment Now is a celebration of human accomplishment and the enlightenment goals for human betterment that will keep progress coming.
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American liberals tend to see themselves as righteous champions of the oppressed, standing up against bullies who perpetuate inequality and injustice and all that’s bad in this world. According to syndicated columnist, Ben Shapiro, the grand irony is that liberals are the real bullies. In this book, Shapiro argues that the left, rather than actually helping victims, has successfully used victims—real and imagined—to gain moral high ground and bludgeon those with differing views into silence. In discussions about race, class, gender, the environment, and a slew of other topics, the left shuts down opposing views by vilifying the people who hold them.
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Contrary to popular belief, being a badass has nothing to do with wearing ripped jeans or riding a motorcycle. A true badass is characterized by having unwavering belief in yourself and what you are capable of. Your inner badass pays zero attention to the nonsensical fears you listen to about how you’re not good or strong enough to be and do what you really want. This book will help you to train your inner badass to work for you so you can end the self-sabotage and run free.
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According to Gary Taubes, the most pressing public health problem facing the world right now is obesity. It was not just concern about the obesity epidemic but also the pervasive misinformation surrounding it that motivated Taubes to write this book. He maintains that the common assumptions about how weight is gained and lost have left millions ill-equipped to manage their weight effectively. In Why We Get Fat, he shows us where the true problem lies, and what we can do about it.
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How do we make sense of the disparity between the rich and poor? Why do some nations prosper and others fail? Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson argue that the common explanations of geography, culture, and ignorance are all inadequate. The answer to the question of inequality is found in institutions. Some nations have political and economic institutions conducive to growth while others do not. Why Nations Fail tells us why popular hypotheses don’t work and why institutions are the true difference makers.
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In the popular sci-fi movie, The Matrix, the lead character, Neo, is informed that an artificial intelligence has subjugated the human race. To keep humanity blissfully unaware of its captivity, each person has been plugged into a life-like computer simulation. Upon his learning of this, Neo is given a choice between a blue pill and a red pill. If he takes the blue pill, he'll reenter the simulation none the wiser. If he takes the red pill, he'll escape the delusion and remain in the real world, awake and aware of the truth.
According to evolutionary psychologist Robert Wright, the circumstances and choice that Neo faced are also before us. Marshaling the latest in scientific and psychological research, he argues that science corroborates many central elements of Buddhist thought. Why Buddhism is True is his attempt to show how each of us has a warped understanding of reality and that Buddhist philosophy and meditation form the red pill we would be wise to take.
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The self-help shelves at bookstores and libraries are teeming with titles about how to successfully do x, y and z. This book is less about “how to” and more about “when to.” Daniel Pink’s When is the synthesis of over 700 studies from fields as diverse as biology, neuroscience, anthropology, economics and social psychology. His aim is to show that timing in life is not an art, but a science. Pink’s book is full of fascinating facts and practical suggestions for when it is best to take action.
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The question that the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally poses is whether a man and a woman can be “just friends.” The question that people are asking in the wake of the stir that Caitlyn Jenner has catalyzed is whether a man can become a woman. If you’re looking to understand the transgender movement that is sweeping the United States, this book is a perfect place to start.
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