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A autora traz uma abordagem original e criativa sobre como usamos a mente e nossa inteligência, trazendo a possibilidade de usarmos tais conhecimentos na prática e qualificar o autoconhecimento e a produtividade intelectual.
I am excited about this book. I knew I would buy it when a friend recommended it.
But I was again disappointed to discover that this author, too, narrates her own book. I listened to the sample. It was monotonous. And the monotone was, itself, flat, sure to put me to sleep, despite the content!
I wish that authors - and I am one - would think more dispassionately about this, and find skilled readers to bring their work to audiences. It’s not that all authors are bad narrators. It’s that many authors are apparently not good judges of their abilities as narrators.
I am more a listener than a reader, especially as my eyes age, and I really really wanted to listen to this book, partly so that I could keep moving while I did!
I’m sure I will enjoy the book as a reader. But it’s much harder for me these days. I look forward to more of AMP’s work, and hope she will find others to read it aloud.
This has the feel of a book written by a journalist who gets an idea that isn't really supported by the research..... She finds a few people who pioneered the idea and quotes them stem to stern, without really recognizing that academia is full of people with ideas that are original -- partly because they're somewhat missing the point. I was really excited by the idea of this book -- but despite the fact that I know things that my conscious mind doesn't, it doesn't mean the smart thing is my knee or my hand. The unconscious is so extraordinarily large and robust -- it may be outside the brain, but it's not in some anatomical part of my limbs, etc. A stretch that doesn't click -- I am very disappointed.
As a 70-year-old who has read well over a couple of thousand self-help and self-improvement books over the last 50 years, it has become more and more difficult to find a new book in this genre that has anything new, interesting, and useful information to share. This book has all three! Really NEW information. Really INTERESTING information. And really USEFUL information. I just finished reading it and have been taking copious notes. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the few books I have ever read that will actually change my life - and has already changed the way I look at, and think about, life. I have no reservations at all about recommending this book to anyone who wants to see life in a new, exciting, and expanded way.
This is a great book about thinking, not just a meditation on how the brain works but also a guide to thinking better yourself. I particularly loved the section on using the body to help commit something to memory. I put the book down to try doing that with a script I was trying to memorize. It definitely works. The book is also a great reminder of the value of getting away from the computer and out in the world, either with other people, to do some exercise, or to be in nature. These fun activities can feel frivolous, but they are actually incredibly important parts of clear, creative thinking.
Informative and expansive overview of proven techniques that enhance intellectual success and effective decision-making. Each principle is supported by a great number of relevant proof points which certainly add credibility, but less would be more. Too many cited studies and examples unnecessarily belabor each point which makes the book feel redundant and padded.
On the one hand, her thesis--that some of our best "thinking" occurs outside our heads--is "Well, duhhh!" But so far, we're not very good at applying what neuroscience and cognitive behavioral studies are telling us. We're getting helpful messages from our innards all the time that deserve more attention. Our built and natural environments influence our thinking. Body movement and gestures influence our thinking. On and on. This is important stuff, and Paul is very thorough. I've been recommending this book since I got it.
Disclaimer: while I have read enough on human cognition, memory, and learning to offer an opinion, I'm not a neuroscientist so don't claim my listed concerns are gospel. But I suspect some readers may end up mislead by a talented and well-meaning author, who at times seems to suggest that some elements of cognition (thinking) actually take place outside the brain. Other times (such as in environmental chapters) it seems more a case of the publisher stretching things a bit to make a more sellable subtitle ('Thinking Outside the Brain').
So let's be clear at the outset: 100% of cognition, the actual processing of inputs to solve a problem or conjure an idea, happens inside the brain. All of it. : ) Let's also be clear that while it's good to be aware of your breathing, tension in your body and other signs of your mental state, especially when trying to solve an important problem or carry out a difficult task, being aware of those things and sensing those things actively and using them, is not the same thing as those parts of your body being involved in cognition. There is by definition nothing happening in your body, that your brain doesn't already know about (even if you don't consciously notice it), because all of them were first triggered BY your brain, and therefore available as a modifier to any active cognitive process.
So while it's not always explicitly stated as such, the main misconception is the idea of thinking being done outside the brain, ostensibly by a mix of: being more keenly aware of physiological responses happening in your body and adjusting your body to that (breathing, heartbeat, muscular tension, sweats, etc) to achieve a better result; not stiffling certain kinds of natural motions when speaking or thinking; consciously placing yourself inside a problem as you try to solve it; consciously seeking outdoor places to do your thinking, and others.
Even if sometimes misconstrued as active elements in cognition, these are potentially useful topics in their own right. Example: not stiffling your kids if they move around a bit in their chair or unconsciously fidget when tending to school work (or for that matter stiffling your adult self in the same way). Reason: there is some evidence that rigidly enforcing a code of quiet and no movement, not even quietly talking through things or scribbling on a notepad, can actually backfire. This is because counter-intuitively, the parts of your brain that are required to force yourself to sit very still and quiet, seem to be some of the same ones required to absorb and apply information during cognition. In short you're using up limited brain capacity and resources for something that won't get you closer to solving the cognitive task.
The trick is to know where the hyperbole line starts to blur the information being presented from like science, into something more akin to the stuff we regularly hear on morning news shows (psuedo-science self-help type stuff). There are A LOT of random claims of "when you're in this environment, your brain does X, because factoid Y, which makes you better at Z, according to this tenured professor over here" kind of claims, with no end-noting or foot-noting to speak of. THere are quite a few references in the back of the book but as far as I can tell not of the variety of "this claim made on page 28, paragraph 3, is based on a scientific proof found in this study." So while probably more of an editorial error than anything nefarious, it's a little sketchy.
All told this book is far from being a collection of proved neuroscience facts and much closer to a large collection of neuroscience and physiology anecdotes, some of which are closer to being proven than others. the bottom line is there are some useful and interesting things to read about here, but there's quite a bit of over-simplyfing what cognition is, to mold things to the vibe of the book. Just have some salt on hand and remember all cognition is the realm of the brain. : )