Elastic : Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change

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From the best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkard's Walk, a groundbreaking new look at the neuroscience of change, and at how tapping into elastic thinking will help us thrive in the modern world. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an illuminating journey through the mechanics of our minds as we navigate the rapidly changing landscapes around us. Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a unique set of talents that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, and divergent and integrative thinking. These are the qualities that enabled innovators from Mary Shelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-sized popcorn to the creators of Pok'mon Go, to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. In our age of unprecedented technological innovation and social change, it is more important than ever to encourage these abilities and traits. How can we train our brains to be more comfortable when confronting change and more adept at innovation? How do our brains generate new ideas, and how can we nurture that process? Why can diversity and even discord be beneficial to our thought process? With his keen acumen and quick wit, Leonard Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world. Includes a Bonus PDF of Exercises
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 152 x 30mm | 172g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0147521947
  • 9780147521941

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"Ingenious . . . top-quality popular neuroscience."
--Kirkus Reviews

"It's easy to describe the dizzying changes in our midst--from the gushers of information that wash over us to a world grown ever more interconnected. Far harder is to offer guidance on how we should respond. In this wise and persuasive book, Leonard Mlodinow calls for a change in the very way we think. Using a deft mix of science and storytelling, he shows the limits of linear thinking and the promise of 'bottom up' thinking that embraces ambiguity, asks the shrewd questions, and pursues novel answers to complex problems. Elastic is a book that will help you survive the whirlwind."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of WHEN and A WHOLE NEW MIND "A fascinating, useful look into how the brain works. Perfect for neophiliacs and everyone else who's dealing with a changing world."
--Seth Godin, author of Footprints on the Moon "A book of sparkling intelligence, written with humour and grace. If you read only one book of accessible science this year, let this be the one."
--Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
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About Leonard Mlodinow

LEONARD MLODINOW's previous books include the best sellers Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science writing award), The Drunkard's Walk (a New York Times Notable Book), War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), and The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), as well as The Upright Thinkers, Feynman's Rainbow, and Euclid's Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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