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Mykl Devlin

Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2284)
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    (1908)
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    (1884)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Very practical"
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    A very practical book. It switches effortlessly between explaining (in general terms) the neurological basis of what we do and pragmatic methods to change.

    The author suggests that the book is consumed in parts over a long time to bed in the principals that he is giving. I listened to it very quickly, and will be going through it again at a slower rate putting his suggestions to work.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Doug Lemov, Katie Yezzi, Erica Woolway
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (77)
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    (65)
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    (63)

    We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness - wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen - we’d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead.

    Mykl Devlin says: "Improve at improving"
    "Improve at improving"
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    The authors have been involved in teaching teachers to be better at what they do. So there are multiples levels to the anecdotes and data - the responses of the teachers to undergoing training, and the results in the classrooms they control.

    The data comes from the education field, and that is certainly the authors' area of experience, but it is in no way difficult to extrapolate to any areas of skill development.

    The main thrust of the message is that when people perform a task they will plateau at a certain level unless there are deliberate steps taken to improve. It then goes through various rules (many of which seemed to massively overlap) to apply when improving a skill.

    While reading the book I was in the process of teaching my niece to drive. As a result I was able to integrate what I was learning about practice immediately. I think both of us benefitted from it!

    It is not one of the myriad of popular neuroscience books, nor is it a full self help manual, it falls somewhere in between. This book is not for everyone, but there are lessons in there that everyone would benefit from understanding.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    "Is Google making us stupid?" When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration yet published of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences.

    Lisa Hurring says: "Absolutely brilliant"
    "Force fitting the studies..."
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    To me this book had a very reasonable premise, but it had really did not need quite as much material to it. It was like the author continued to write to prove he had not been made shallow by the internet.

    I found the historical context that they put the internet into quite interesting. This aspect is something that I personally would not have sought out - but am glad to have now heard.

    The book works on the premise that the "medium is the message", and that the internet along with neural plasticity is changing not just how we interact with the computer, but all aspects of our thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (67)
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    (66)

    Fascinating and provocative, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty is an insightful and brilliantly researched take on cheating, deception, and willpower. The internationally best-selling author pulls no punches when it comes to home truths. His previous titles Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality have become classics in their field, revealing astonishing traits that run through modern humankind. Now acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely delves deeper into psychology.

    Mykl Devlin says: "Typical Dan Ariely"
    "Typical Dan Ariely"
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    A good read, very similar to his "Predictably Irrational" and "Upside of Irrationality". There are repeats of some of the previous findings, but now through a different lens.

    The essential message is that all of us lie. The trick is balancing how much we lie and cheat with our perception of ourselves.
    It is fun making yourself predict the outcome of the studies as he is describing them... but a little disturbing to understand how much every single one of us lies in some way.

    It finishes with some interviews from his "Arming the Donkeys" podcast, where Dan himself hosts the discussion - which are entertaining if you have not heard them before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (449)
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    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "You get invested...."
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    An amazing book.

    David takes theory about brain function and social interaction and intergrates into the lives of characters that you become invested in.

    I found myself crying at one stage - while listening to a popular science book!

    Since my listening to "The Social Animal", several of my friends have bought the book on my suggestion... all had a similar reaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1801)
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    (1140)
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    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Challenging the Status Quo"
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    Gary Taubes gives you an understanding of the woeful lack of data that is available to support information that we have always taken as Gospel.

    He presents information on why things that we consider to be good nutrition, may be anything but.

    My only issue with the book is that he points out lack of evidence with our accepted understanding of diet and exercise, but presents his own conclusions with very little evidence as well. I believe there are other, more technical books by the author, and maybe these have more of the supporting work.

    But in summary - a very thought provoking book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
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    (779)
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    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "Excellent Work"
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    A book that summarizes a great deal of recent research into how we think. It points out the shortcuts our brain takes in perception and memory.

    The examples it gives do make you question yourself and some of your own actions... but that is a good thing (right??).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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