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  • Rapt: Attention and the Interested Life | Winifred Gallagher

    Rapt: Attention and the Interested Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Winifred Gallagher
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions - Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions? - driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

    Roy says: "The Neuroscience of Concentration"
  • How the Post Office Created America: A History | Winifred Gallagher

    How the Post Office Created America: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Winifred Gallagher
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    The founders established the Post Office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time it was the US government's largest and most important endeavor - indeed, it was the government for most citizens. This was no conventional mail network but the central nervous system of the new body politic, designed to bind 13 quarrelsome colonies into the United States by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen - a radical idea that appalled Europe's great powers.

    Charles Mintz says: "Interesting enough"
  • New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change | Winifred Gallagher

    New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Winifred Gallagher
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    Follow a crawling baby around and you’ll see that right from the beginning, nothing excites us more than something new and different. Our unique human brains are biologically primed to engage with and even generate novelty, from our ancestors’ first bow and arrow to the latest tablet computer. This “neophilia” has enabled us to thrive in a world of cataclysmic change, but now, we confront an unprecedented deluge of new things, from products to information, which has quadrupled in the past 30 years and shows no sign of slowing.

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