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This Will Make You Smarter [Kindle Edition]

John Brockman , David Brooks
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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"The world's smartest website... Edge is a salon for the world's finest minds" (Guardian)

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"The world's smartest website ... Edge is a salon for the world's finest minds"--The Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; 1st edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D15HZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A concept I don't fully embrace 12 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've mixed feelings: rationally I like the idea, emotionally it didn't work with me. Though many of the individual contributions work well others don't, may be because they are too condensed or because they don't stand well out of their broader context. In the end, even though inspired by some of the texts, the overwhelming feeling was as if I had been watching a celebrity parade
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Many of those who purchase and then begin to read this book will learn, for the first time, about Edge.org, a website offering an abundance of resources. John Brockman is the Editor of This Will Make You Smarter (2012) and This Explains Everything (2013). He is also the Editor and Publisher of Edge. As he explains, its purpose is to "arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."

He goes on to suggest, "Edge is a Conversation: Edge is different from the Algonquin Roundtable or Bloomsbury Group, but it offers the same quality of intellectual adventure. Closer resemblances are the early seventeenth-century Invisible College, a precursor to the Royal Society. Its members consisted of scientists such as Robert Boyle, John Wallis, and Robert Hooke. The Society's common theme was to acquire knowledge through experimental investigation. Another inspiration is The Lunar Society of Birmingham, an informal club of the leading cultural figures of the new industrial age -- James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestly, and Benjamin Franklin."

In 2011, those involved with Edge were asked to respond to a question proposed by Steven Pinker and seconded by Daniel Kahneman: 'What scientific concept would improve everyone's cognitive toolkit?" Pinker ("Positive Sum Games") and Kahneman ("The Focusing Illusion") were also among the 160 contributors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Many of those who purchase and then begin to read this book will learn, for the first time, about Edge.org, a website offering an abundance of resources. John Brockman is the Editor of This Will Make You Smarter (2012) and This Explains Everything (2013). He is also the Editor and Publisher of Edge. As he explains, its purpose is to "arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."

He goes on to suggest, "Edge is a Conversation: Edge is different from the Algonquin Roundtable or Bloomsbury Group, but it offers the same quality of intellectual adventure. Closer resemblances are the early seventeenth-century Invisible College, a precursor to the Royal Society. Its members consisted of scientists such as Robert Boyle, John Wallis, and Robert Hooke. The Society's common theme was to acquire knowledge through experimental investigation. Another inspiration is The Lunar Society of Birmingham, an informal club of the leading cultural figures of the new industrial age -- James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestly, and Benjamin Franklin."

In 2011, those involved with Edge were asked to respond to a question proposed by Steven Pinker and seconded by Daniel Kahneman: 'What scientific concept would improve everyone's cognitive toolkit?" Pinker ("Positive Sum Games") and Kahneman ("The Focusing Illusion") were also among the 160 contributors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Erudition 101 26 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Packed full of wonderful and brief contributions that illuminate and enlighten across a broad range of scientific principles. It makes you think and challenges your assumptions. No bad thing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers (almost) what it says on the tin 7 April 2013
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Definitely a great summary of important scientific, sociological and philosophical knowledge, condensed into very short summaries. Highly recommended as an accessible book that you can just dip into.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to think about here 2 July 2012
By Lyon
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This is a really good book. Lots of thoughtful essays by all kinds of people - and several of them run counter to one another, giving even more food for thought: is Argument 1 more persuasive than Argument 2, or vice versa? Or is it possible to synthesise them into a new Argument 3?

And it's very dippable, too: the essays are quite short, and you don't feel obliged to read the book without interruption.

I'd have given it five stars were it not for the title. 'This will make you smarter' makes it sound (a) like a self-help book and (b) smug. Neither of which is calculated to make a Brit like me feel comfortable with it. A good job I bought it on Kindle, then...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 11 Feb. 2014
By Al
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The title is a little misleading. It is a random collection of individual essays/blogs about a huge variety of subjects. The book has little to do with improving learning.
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