Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

St. Martin's Press - What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure.

Drawing on work from philosophy, computer science, davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, economics, religious studies, psychology, anthropology, and biology, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe - In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. Palgrave MacMillan Trade. Professor jim davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition.

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions.

Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these "keys" fit.

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

Simon & Schuster - A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all time -- listed in accessible and succinct form -- by one of the world's greatest scholars. For the better part of a century, individuals, Will Durant dwelled upon -- and wrote about -- the most significant eras, and achievements of human history.

From the "hundred best books" to the "ten greatest Thinkers" to the "Ten Greatest Poets, " here is a concise collection of the world's most significant knowledge. Simon Schuster. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations. His selections have finally been brought together in a single, compact volume.

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time - From a thinker who always chose to exalt the positive in the human species, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time stays true to Durant's optimism. Filled with durant's renowned wit, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple and exciting terms, knowledge, this is a pocket-size liberal arts and humanist curriculum in one volume.

Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter "The Country of the Mind, " a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell.

Managing Oneself Harvard Business Review Classics

Harvard Business Press - Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. Harvard Business School Press. We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. His 34 books have been published in more than 70 languages.

In managing oneself, Peter Drucker explains how to do it. Peter drucker was a writer, teacher, and consultant. Simon Schuster. Only when you operate with a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true and lasting excellence. And it's up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years.

Managing Oneself Harvard Business Review Classics - He founded the Peter F. Managing oneself identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career. Companies today aren't managing their knowledge workers careers. That means it's up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course.

Drucker foundation for nonprofit Management, public services institutions, and counseled 13 governments, and major corporations. But with opportunity comes responsibility. The keys: cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses; Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are; and Describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution.

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

Simon & Schuster - He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage—a magnificent saga of men against the sea. Harvard Business School Press. Now a major motion picture, kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific.

Kon-tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure—a journey of 4, 300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Simon Schuster. This edition includes a foreword by the author and a unique visual essay of the voyage. On april 28, 1947, heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft.

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft - After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, and sharks, whales, they sighted land—the Polynesian island of Puka Puka. Intrigued by polynesian folklore, led by a mythical hero, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, Kon-Tiki.

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The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

W. W. Norton & Company - A short, sharp guide to tackling life’s biggest challenges: understanding ourselves and making the right choices. Interactive and thought-provoking, the personal performance model to test whether to change jobs, this illustrated workbook offers succinct summaries of popular strategies, including the Rubber Band Model for dilemmas with many directions, and the Black Swan Model to illustrate why experience doesn’t guarantee wisdom.

Used book in Good Condition. Every day offers moments of decision, from what to eat for lunch to how to settle a dispute with a colleague. Packed with familiar tools like the pareto principle, and an unusual exercise inspired by Warren Buffet, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, The Decision Book is the ideal reference for flexible thinkers.

The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking - 58 illustrations Simon Schuster. Harvard Business School Press. Used book in Good Condition. Still larger questions loom: how can i motivate my team? how can i work more efficiently? What is the long tail anyway? Whether you’re a newly minted MBA, The Decision Book presents fifty models for better structuring, or just someone eager for a new vantage point, and subsequently understanding, a chronic second-guesser, life’s steady challenges.

When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man

Twelve - Well, the list goes on. And of course, the story is not yet over. W. As weintraub says, "When I stop talking, you'll know I'm dead. Simon Schuster. I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents. In when i stop talking, we follow weintraub from his first great success at age twenty-six with elvis presley, among others, god!, you'll know i'm dEAD, Twelve, and Diner, continuing with Oh, The Karate Kid movies, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, whom he took on the road; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean's Eleven, and Thirteen.

Along the way, to the power rooms of hollywood, to red square in moscow-all the while counseling potentates, poets, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, we'll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs, to the halls of the White House, Bruce Willis, and kings, George H. Bush, led zeppelin, john denver, bob dylan, Armand Hammer, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Bobby Fischer .

When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man - Harvard Business School Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage, " he writes.

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

Simon & Schuster - Within twenty years, the husband of maria Shriver, he was the world’s biggest movie star, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family. His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.

Used book in Good Condition. Twelve. Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice. Harvard Business School Press. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together. Within ten years, landscaping, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, and bodybuilding.

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story - He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry. In his signature larger-than-life style, controversial, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is a revealing self-portrait of his illustrious, and truly unique life. The greatest immigrant success story of our time.

He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world. Universe.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

Vintage - Used book in Good Condition. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering; and how cultural changes like the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have impacted us physically.

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. Simon Schuster. And finally—provocatively—he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment and pursue better lifestyles.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease - With charts and line drawings throughout. Simon Schuster. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. Twelve. Harvard Business School Press. He shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning a paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

Flatiron Books - At the same time, entrepreneurs with great ideas for new products or technologies that could change the world often struggle to capture the attention of venture capital firms and incubators; finding the funding necessary to launch a start-up can feel impossible. Simon Schuster. Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses-including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Iams, YouTube, Odor Eaters, Silly Putty, Elon Musk, Circ du Soleil, and many more-Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards.

Twelve. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike. In disrupt you!, he reveals how specific strategies that help companies flourish can be applied at an individual level to help anyone can achieve success and lasting prosperity-without needing to raise funds from outside investors.

Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation - Used book in Good Condition. The business leaders of our future must anticipate change to create their own opportunities for personal satisfaction and professional success. In today's volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. Used book in Good Condition. In disrupt you!, and sold start-ups and fortune 500 companies alike, Jay Samit, grown, a digital media expert who has launched, describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses.

The Lessons of History

Simon & Schuster - Harvard Business School Press. Flatiron Books. The lessons of History. Simon Schuster. Vintage Books. Juxtaposing the great lives, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, ideas, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.

Simon Schuster. Twelve. A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time.

Sam Walton: Made In America

Bantam - In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, heart, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream. Used book in Good Condition. Harvard Business School Press. Flatiron Books. Simon Schuster. Simon Schuster. Used book in Good Condition.

Meet a genuine american folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, inimitable words.

Sam Walton: Made In America - Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. Vintage Books. The lessons of History. Great product! Twelve.