This Will Make You Smarter

  • by John Brockman
  • Narrated by John Allen Nelson, Khristine Hvam
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world's most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.
This Will Make You Smarter features Daniel Kahneman on the “focusing illusion”; Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention; Richard Dawkins on experimentation; Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown; Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being; Nicholas Carr on managing “cognitive load”; Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating; Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles; Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion; Frank Wilczek on the brain's hidden layers; Clay Shirky on the “80/20 rule”; Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world; V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts; Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence; John McWhorter on path dependence; Lisa Randall on effective theorizing; Brian Eno on “ecological vision”; Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts; J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life; Helen Fisher on temperament; Sam Harris on the flow of thought; and Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I do feel smarter

Would you consider the audio edition of This Will Make You Smarter to be better than the print version?

Not seen the print version


What was one of the most memorable moments of This Will Make You Smarter?

The black swan principle.


Any additional comments?

As the book progressed I was drawn into the different princliples and thoughts. This is one of those books that fits the person who is facinated in life and by extention facinated by everything.

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- Immanuel

sorry but the narrator kills this audio book

What disappointed you about This Will Make You Smarter?

John Allen's voice. it distracts me, annoys me and sounds computer generated. complete waste of a credit. I'll have to go read in an old fashioned kind of way


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- Neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio