Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do Hardcover – 12 Jun 2014
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The tone is that of an extended Ted talk . . . at the heart of Nichols's book are real revelations (Philip Hoare Guardian)
A fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water . . . You'll read it once and then come back to it time and again (Washington Post)
'The nexus of wellbeing and proximity to water - ocean shores, lakes, even fountains - holds promise as an area of multidisciplinary study, argues marine biologist Wallace Nichols. And in his popular mix of biology, neuroscience and ecosystem analysis, some findings do compel.' (Nature)
Blue Mind is a fascinating account using compelling new research to understand our relationship to the planet's most omnipresent resource - water.See all Product description
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The formula is more or less this:
-Uncontextualised general quote about sea/nature in italics to kick things off with
-5-10 pages of pop lite fcts about mri scans/neural pathways/socio economics (the phrase "researchers have shown that" appears a lot) spewed out but never really developed or followed on from beyond a nice sounding statistic that people by and large like the sea
-the previous science pop facts revisited in some 1st/3rd person fictional scenario of the type "imagine you're walking through a wood and you hear a loud noise"
-another uncontextualised quote in italics
-some story from the author about rescuing turtles once/taking students to the beach/telling off a restaurant for giving out plastic straws that goes nowhere and doesnt have much to do with the previous pop facts
-end of chapter page that keeps saying the capitalised words "Blue Mind" over and over and over again and desperately trying to unify a chapter of disparate facts and trivia into some kind of conjectured TED speech before the next chapter starts all over again...
Dr Nichols to simply "get in the water..." This book can most definitely swim and like water through cracks in the earth it's ideas have the power to be truly & positively pervasive of our hearts and minds. It is both artful and scientific, I hope to see it make it's way into the hands & lives of all who value ecology and wellbeing of self, others and our blue planet.
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