From the best-selling author of Subliminal, comes a groundbreaking new look at the psychology of change and how to tap into bottom-up thinking-what Mlodinow terms elastic thinking-to help us thrive in the modern world.
Drawing from cutting-edge research, Leonard Mlodinow gives us an illuminating and entertaining investigation into how 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 qualities that have enabled innovators from Mary Shelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-size popcorn to the creators of Pokemon GO, to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. It isn't top-down, computer-like thinking that leads to the truly novel but rather bottom-up thinking, which arises when our cognitive filters are relaxed and seemingly crazy ideas are able to percolate into our conscious minds. Now, 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 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, Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2019
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage, January 2019
Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.2 W × 0.8 H
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