It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must learn to be creative. —Ken Robinson PRAISE FOR OUT OF OUR MINDS «Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems.» —John Cleese «Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today'sworld is a vital necessity. This book is not to be missed.» —Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-minute Manager and The Secret «If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival andgrowth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, providesimportant insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices.» —Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Rresearch Fellow, Harvard Business School; Best-selling Author, Geeks and Geezers «All corporate leaders should read this book.» —Richard Scase, Author and Business Forecaster «This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment.» —Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-olins «Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson's is a welcome exception» —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, c.s. and d.j. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Director, Quality of Life Research Center; Best-selling Author, Flow «The best analysis I've seen of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds ofcreativity that we need today in our organizations and our society.» —Howard Gardner, a. hobbs professor in cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Best-selling Author, Frames of Mind
In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day.
Looks at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It enables you to make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
We’re all living faster, working harder, and often so busy we forget to take a moment to sit back, close our eyes and just, breathe. Yet this hectic lifestyle can get us down, making us lethargic, stressed and burnt out. So how to break the cycle? Inspired by traditional eastern lessons of meditation and mindfulness, neuroscience and insights from literature, Emma Mills offers fresh and simple tools to keep our minds healthy, from that early morning coffee through to the moment you climb into bed, without having to invest in expensive detox courses or far-flung retreats. She guides the reader through a course of a single day, with easy tips, meditations, recipes, literary recommendations and practical takeaways that can be completed in a matter of minutes. So just inhale, exhale, and repeat – and let a sense of calm and focus transform your day.
In this brilliantly ambitious and provocative book, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller shows the evolutionary power of sexual choice, and the reasons why our ancestors became attracted not only to pretty faces and bodies, but to minds that were witty, articulate, generous, and concious.
A Cinema of Poetry. A Hermeneutics of Discourse. For Pasolini and Paul Ricoeur, all understanding of our world and our selves takes place when we fashion the random events of our lives into narratives. How we construct these narratives is semiotics. How we understand them is hermeneutics. Pasolini says cinema is a language–“the written language of reality”–through which we can explore the sacred narratives of our past, our present, and our future. But what can we know of the future? The Hermeneutics of Film between these covers is a Pasolino-Ricoeurian methodology for readers seeking a semiotics of transcendence.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is one of the great stories of our time. We follow Sayuri's life: her early years in a small fishing village and as a geisha in Gion. And throughout her struggle, we know of her secret love for the only man who ever showed her any kindness - a man who seems to be out of her reach.