A radical reinterpretation of how your mind works - and why it could change your life 'An astonishing achievement. Nick Chater has blown my mind' Tim Harford 'A total assault on all lingering psychiatric and psychoanalytic notions of mental depths ... Light the touchpaper and stand well back' New Statesman We all like to think we have a hidden inner life. Most of us assume that our beliefs and desires arise from the murky depths of our minds, and, if only we could work out how to access this mysterious world, we could truly understand ourselves. For more than a century, psychologists and psychiatrists have struggled to discover what lies below our mental surface. In The Mind Is Flat, pre-eminent behavioural scientist Nick Chater reveals that this entire enterprise is utterly misguided. Drawing on startling new research in neuroscience, behavioural psychology and perception, he shows that we have no hidden depths to plumb, and unconscious thought is a myth. Instead, we generate our ideas, motives and thoughts in the moment. This revelation explains many of the quirks of human behaviour - for example why our supposedly firm political beliefs, personal preferences and even our romantic attractions are routinely proven to be inconsistent and changeable. As the reader discovers, through mind-bending visual examples and counterintuitive experiments, we are all characters of our own creation, constantly improvising our behaviour based on our past experiences. And, as Chater shows us, recognising this can be liberating.
In The Mind Is Flat, pre-eminent behavioural scientist Nick Chater reveals that this entire enterprise is utterly misguided.
Author: Nick Chater
Publisher: Penguin UK
Operated by algorithms, synapses and defaults, we are not as profound, free and reasonable as we like to think. Materialism rules the roost.This 'little history of the mind' measures these claims against how we actually live our lives.
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Why does one smoker die of lung cancer but another live to 100? The answer is 'The Hidden Half' - those random, unknowable variables that mess up our attempts to comprehend the world. We humans are very clever creatures - but we're idiots about how clever we really are. In this entertaining and ingenious book, Blastland reveals how in our quest to make the world more understandable, we lose sight of how unexplainable it often is. The result - from GDP figures to medicine - is that experts know a lot less than they think. Filled with compelling stories from economics, genetics, business, and science, The Hidden Half is a warning that an explanation which works in one arena may not work in another. Entertaining and provocative, it will change how you view the world.
But there are, according to the provocative ideas of Nick Chater, Professor of
Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, surprising limitations to
knowing what we think. He argues that the mind is not deep, but flat.1 What could
it mean ...
Author: Michael Blastland
Publisher: Atlantic Books
They were Midwesterners with Christian upbringing, involved in Buddhism and eastern culture at the tail end of the Beat generation. They had found their guru in San Francisco and were formally ordained as Buddhist monks. From 1977 to 1979 Heng Sure and Heng Chao undertook the ancient ascetic practice of bowing once every three steps on a two and a half year pilgrimage up the coast of California. They took with them only their faith and a wish for world peace as the inched their way along at about a mile and a half a day. Who gave them food? Where did they sleep? How did they diffuse the anger of drunks and overcome the hostility of law enforcement? What lessons did they learn in compassion and humility? And most important, what can we learn from their journey? Now 35th years after of the completion of their pilgrimage, the collection of letters they wrote during this time to their teacher Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua, is republished as Highway Dharma Letters, a fascinating glimpse at their external journey up the coast and their internal journey towards transformation.
Push over Mt. Sumeru The mind ground isflat. Jealousy, arrogance Ultimately
areinvisible. Cultivation! How could there be Anything more esoteric or wonderful
? Put down the three minds andfour marks And Buddhahood accomplishes itself.
Author: Buddhist Text Translation Society
Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
For ages, men and women have anticipated and looked forward to this time of expansion, transformation, and awakening to new truths. Deep inside, prophets, gurus, avatars, dreamers, wise men, wizards, witches, sorcerers, preachers, leaders, and everyday people have always known there is something more to life than what meets the eyes. Dr. Stan Gravely’s The Law of Attraction Bible is a compilation of truths the universe has delivered to the world in these exciting days. Many of us have searched all our lives for truth that is not mixed with religion, politics, and human reason. We are living in a time when truth is revealed in myriad ways, causing the expansion of infinite intelligence throughout the earth. Gravely describes how people come to earth to live a life of love, joy, peace, goodness, and abundance. People have the power to create the life they choose. By dreaming, thinking, and imagining what we want, we send out vibrational energies to attract what we desire. The Law of Attraction Bible will help you to awaken and attune to your true self and empower you to live a life of love, joy, peace, and abundance. Yes, you can have the life you want.
All the great minds of this world have been ridiculed, scorned, and doubted. It is
hard to believe that most everyone thought the world was flat, not round! A
positive mind will be a grateful mind filled with thankfulness! A positive person
Author: Dr. Stan Gravely
Publisher: Balboa Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
mean that there is a fact or reality in the external world corresponding to that
thought, which the mind has conceived ... When they said, “The earth is flat,” their
minds were satisfied that the thought expressed by the sentence corresponded to
The Nature of the Mind is a comprehensive and lucid introduction to major themes in the philosophy of mind. It carefully explores the conflicting positions that have arisen within the debate and locates the arguments within their context. It is designed for newcomers to the subject and assumes no previous knowledge of the philosophy of mind. Clearly written and rigorously presented, this book is ideal for use in undergraduate courses in the philosophy of mind. Main topics covered include: * the problem of other minds * the dualist/physicalist debate * the nature of personal identity and survival * mental-state concepts The book closes with a number of pointers towards more advanced work in the subject. Study questions and suggestions for further reading are provided at the end of each chapter. The Nature of the Mind is based on Peter Carruthers' book, Introducing Persons, also published by Routledge (1986).
Concepts which can vary in application according to our purposes are very
handy things to have, and it is arguable that we already possess quite a few of
them. For instance, if a tank-commander asks for a flat field on which to practice ...
Author: Peter Carruthers
Publisher: Psychology Press
The must-read summary of Thomas L. Friedman's book: "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century". This complete summary of the ideas from "The World Is Flat" explains that the changes undergone by the business world in the 21st century are a result of the availability of cheap and ubiquitous means of telecommunication. In addition to exposing the 'flattening' of the world and the forces behind globalisation, this useful summary identifies both the challenges faced by the business world in the 21st century and the means to tackle them efficiently, thus effectively giving you the knowledge necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand key concepts • Enhance your prospects To learn more, read "The World Is Flat" and discover how to live and work in this new global environment.
Give customers a menu so they can create the experience they are willing to pay
for. 4. Always keep in mind in a flat world, the best companies are the best
collaborators – so master complex transactions by partnering with other firms for
Author: BusinessNews Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
In this volume, the author argues that literacy is a complex combination of various skills, not just the ability to read and write: the technology of writing, the encoding and decoding of text symbols, the interpretation of meaning, the retrieval and display systems which organize how meaning is stored and memory. The book explores the relationship between literacy, orality and memory in classical antiquity, not only from the point of view of antiquity, but also from that of modern cognitive psychology. It examines the contemporary as well as the ancient debate about how the writing tools we possess interact and affect the product, why they should do so and how the tasks required of memory change and develop with literacy's increasing output and evoking technologies.
them with chairs [catbedris] in front of the couches [Jectos].' Pliny uses the dining-
room the way we would a living room. I have one last argument in favor of the
absence of flat-topped tables for reading and writing in both the library and the ...
Author: Jocelyn Penny Small
There is a kind of conveying of effectual and imprinting passages, amongst
compliments, which is of singular use. Bac. When we set before our eyes a round
globe, the idea imprinted in our mind is of a flat circle, variously shadowed. Loc.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Category: English language