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This Will Make You Smarter

New Scientific Concepts to Improve your Thinking

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This Will Make You Smarter
This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant but accessible ideas to expand every mind. What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of, 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062109392
Characteristics: xxx, 415 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Brockman, John 1941-�, -


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Dec 26, 2013
  • Cyborg_Kid rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Prominent scientists were each asked to write a couple pages about the scientific tool they believe would most help people improve their thinking and decision-making. Some suggestions are pretty obvious (avoid distractions, consider all the evidence...) but at least a dozen ideas struck me as very interesting and helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone, although some knowledge of basic scientific methods is required.

Feb 22, 2013
  • rsalvino1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The title and subtitle of this book are misleading. Unfortunately, the book is not about scientific concepts that will improve your thinking. If it were, I could use it. Then maybe I'd be smart enough to understand what this book is about. In reality, the book is a collection of brief essays written by so-called really smart people who are answering the cryptic question, "What scientific concept will improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?" The question is copied verbatim. Apparently there is one and only one scientific concept that will improve everybody's cognitive toolkit. Ironically, the book presents something like 150 essays in response to the question, and surprisingly each of them is different. So, at best one person got the answer correct. Also, I don't even know what a cognitive 'toolkit' is supposed to be. Like I said, I'm just not smart enough to figure this book out. I really do need the book that this one pretended to be--the one that will make me smarter.

Jan 15, 2013
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Contains approximately 150 different essays from the topic question: What is the one thing that would improve the cognitive tool kit. Each author responds with their opinion. Definitely worth reading. Best to read in short bursts so give yourself some time.

Dec 27, 2012

Hilarious, a book which claims to make one smarter, with an introduction with America's biggest douchebag, David Brooks!!! Seriously, I think I'll pass.....and hope in the country where the national religion is the devout worship of ignorance, most Americans by this time finally realize what all those "think tanks" (or more properly, skank factories) are really about .....

Dec 26, 2012

Best for very short term reading -- each essay is just a few pages offering a main thought (usually) worth contemplation. Not good for reading at a stretch -- just like it's not good to stuff different flavored morsels in your mouth and try to chew them all at once.

May 28, 2012
  • russtm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

James119 sums this one up perfectly; a terrific commuting book.

May 24, 2012
  • james119 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fine feast of bite-sized food for thought, with lots of great additions to anyone's cognitive toolkit.


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