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This Will Make You Smarter [Hardcover]

John Brockman
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1 Mar 2012

Over 150 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers offer their choice of the ideas, strategies and arguments that will help all of us understand our world, and its future, better.

Includes contributions from:

Richard Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Clay Shirky, Daniel Goleman, Sam Harris, Lee Smolin, Matt Ridley, Mark Henderson, David Rowan, Sir Martin Rees, Craig Venter, Brian Eno, Jaron Lanier and David Brooks . . . among others.

With his organisation Edge.org, the literary agent and all-purpose intellectual impresario John Brockman has brought together the most influential thinkers of our age. Every year he sets them a question, this year that question was:

What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's Cognitive Toolkit?

Their answers are collected in this book and explore philosophy, psychology, economics, and other disciplines - and all share one aim: to provide the most reliable ways of gaining knowledge about anything, whether it be human behaviour, corporate behaviour, the fate of the planet, or the future of the universe.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085752111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A concept I don't fully embrace 12 May 2013
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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 500 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 11 Feb 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 13 Mar 2013
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This is a very enlightening read and comes highly recommended to improve over all knowledge on a range of subject matters
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 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 Dip in over coffee and be nourished 10 April 2013
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As with all such Brockman books the pithy statements can give a variety of viewpoints to extend one's limited vision. Valuable for the spare mont.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers (almost) what it says on the tin
Definitely a great summary of important scientific, sociological and philosophical knowledge, condensed into very short summaries. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Charles Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking DOES make you cleverer
It does what it says on the front cover - it makes you a little bit smarter. But, I feel, the essays by prominent scientists and philosophers were too short for these people to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bakaralph
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the cover!
This is one of the most interesting collections of short thought pieces I have come across in years; every word is thought provoking and makes you look at the world in a different... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Charles MacKinnon
2.0 out of 5 stars Old ideas repeated within the same book
If you have not kept up with modern science over the last 20 years this book might teach you something new. So a good introduction with lots of short chapters. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ransen Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to think about here
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... Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you smarter
An interesting title and one that I was quick to want to look at. With science being a subject that in schools especially, is in somewhat decline in terms of interest or long term... Read more
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