This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking (Edge Question Series) (Paperback)

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Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, 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.

Contributors include:

  • 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 Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world
  • Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence
  • Lisa Randall on effective theorizing
  • Brian Eno on “ecological vision”
  • J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life  
  • Helen Fisher on temperament
  • Sam Harris on the flow of thought
  • Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty

About the Author

The publisher of the online science salon, John Brockman is the editor of Know ThisThis Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes.

Praise For…

This Will Make You Smarter gives us better tools to think about the world and is eminently practical for life day to day. The people in this book lead some of the hottest fields.” — DAVID BROOKS, from the Foreword

“The world’s smartest website ... Edge is a salon for the world’s finest minds” — The Guardian

“ has become an epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology and beyond, hosting conversations with some of our era’s greatest thinkers” — Atlantic Monthly

“A winning combination of good writers, good science and serious broader concerns.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062109392
ISBN-10: 0062109391
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 14th, 2012
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Edge Question Series