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  • Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity | Edward Slingerland

    Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edward Slingerland
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
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    A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity - an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand - and why it is so essential to our well-being. Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

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