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Insights - like Darwin's understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick's breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA - can change the world. We also need insigh... read more

Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
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In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically (but surreptitiously) sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the n... read more

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time
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From GQ's "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positiv... read more

Things A Little Bird Told Me
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The Freakonomics books have come to stand for challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions. Now Levitt and Dubner have turned what they've learned into a readable and practical toolkit for th... read more

Think Like A Freak
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From one of Italy's most respected literary voices, a manifesto on the state of global culture and how connectivity is changing the way we experience it. For the gatekeepers of traditional high culture, ... read more

The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture
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Author: Oliver W Sacks
Category:

 Contemporary Thought

Series:Vintage

"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant." --"The London Times" "Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functi... read more

Migraine
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Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure... read more

The Island of the Colorblind
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Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals-also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photograp... read more

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
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Neurological patients, Oliver Sacks once wrote, are travellers to unimaginable lands. An Anthropologist on Mars offers portraits of seven such travellers - including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive ... read more

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
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Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, ... read more

Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf
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Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more comm... read more

Hallucinations
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How does the economy of a Western nation-state simply run out of money? Why did the London arm of a US corporation bet an amount more than the total GDP of the European Union on U... read more

The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on the Edge
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Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in the... read more

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
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Feminine Lost explores the premise that all human beings are constructed of two energies, one masculine and one feminine. With the rise of the feminist movement, many women have migrated to their masculine side, so... read more

Feminine Lost: Why Most Women Are Male
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In this fascinating book, Seth Godin argues that now, for the first time, everyone has an opportunity to start a movement - to bring together a tribe of like-minded people and do amazing things. There are tribes everywhere, all of them hun... read more

Tribes
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Inventing Peace revolves around the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence. What are the ethical and moral consequences of looking, ... read more

Inventing Peace: A Dialogue on Perception
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Why do we care what others think? What keeps us bound together? How does the brain shape our behaviour? Bruce Hood is an award-winning psychologist who has taught at Cambridge and Harvard universities and ... read more

The Domesticated Brain: A Pelican Introduction
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What makes us human? How did we develop language, thought and culture? Why did we survive, and other human species fail? Robin Dunbar is an evolutionary psychologist and former director of the Institute of Cogni... read more

Human Evolution: A Pelican Introduction
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What is economics? What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter? Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian. The Observer calle... read more

Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction
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