Yes it is a grab bag of many ideas that are how to get the most out of your brain. However, unlike many self help books, Dr Restak's suggestions are all based on scientific study of the brain and his personal practice. I personally tried some. They seem to work for me.
I subtracted one star because he provides MANY ideas on how to get your brain maximized but not how to get most or all his ideas into practice. I was overwhelmed with his MANY ideas and did not know how to get MOST into practice in my life. I had to develop my own plan of attack for getting some if not many of these great ideas incorporated in my life.
I have recommeded this book to several friends. If you know anyone that enjoys history, math, mystery or just cool characters. This book will not disappoint.
Sorry I hated this book. The technical imagery of the rotting corpses was good, but not enough to save the fact that there is really no story here and the people are one dimensional and boring. I had trouble not dieing myself while trying to complete this book.
Poor concept. Poor thought put into the world and characters. The ending was very disappointing.
The first third of this “World Is Flat” is boring. It is a rehash of globalization. Friedman spends too much time taking about outsourcing and the competitive spirit of countries like India and China.
I gave the book five star though. Because the last two thirds of the book details the environment of WHY these changes are happening, and why countries like Mexico and Egypt are being left behind. Friedman also analyzes what people and countries could and should do to be part of the changing economic world. It was GREAT reading.
I would likke it to go faster, but I must admit it is as juice a story as you'll ever hear.
Mr. Hawkins will be the first to admit this is not a book to explain everything about intelligence but an important first step. He puts forward a rational explanation of how intelligence in man works in practical mechanical terms. It is a theory but he has much to back-up his conjectures. His theory gets the ball rolling for a frank discussion of why, how, and what we really doing in our mind when we think. He avoids general behavior and philosophical musing about the human mind (that we are all to often inundated with on books about intelligence). I enjoyed every bit of it. At the very least you'll enjoy he very different approach to this age old question.
This book is a really great start to addressing the problem of how we humans think. Good job Mr. Hawkins.
I had heard several short peices from David in the past. I've always enjoyed his off-the-wall veiws. This book however gave me too much of david in a sitting. I still think he is a talented funny man but several hours of his satire just didn't sit right with me
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