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  • Author:
    Grof, Stanislav
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    Feelings of oneness with other people, nature, and the universe. Encounters with extraterrestrials, deities, and demons. Out-of-body experiences and past-life memories. Science casts a skeptical eye. But Dr. Stanislav Grof-the psychiatric researcher who cofounded transpersonal psychology-believes otherwise. When the Impossible Happens presents Dr. Grof 's mesmerizing firsthand account of over 50 years of inquiry into waters uncharted by classical psychology, one that will leave readers questioning the very fabric of our existence. From his first LSD session that gave him a glimpse of cosmic consciousness to his latest work with Holotropic Breathwork, When the Impossible Happens will amaze readers with vivid explorations of topics such as, Temptations of a Non-Local Universe-experiments in astral projection Praying Mantis in Manhattan and other tales of synchronicity Trailing Clouds of Glory-remembering birth and prenatal life Dying and Beyond-survival of consciousness after death When the Impossible Happens is an incredible opportunity to journey beyond ordinary consciousness, guaranteed to shake the foundations of what we assume to be reality, and sure to offer a new vision of our human potential.

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    Partnoy, Frank
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    Frank Partnoy demonstrates that decisions of all kinds benefit from being made at the last possible moment. The art of knowing how long you can afford to delay before committing is at the heart of many a great decision-whether in a corporate takeover or a marriage proposal. 

  • Author:
    Grant, Adam
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    #1 New York Times Bestseller   “THIS. This is the right book for right now. Yes, learning requires focus. But, unlearning and relearning requires much more—it requires choosing courage over comfort. In Think Again , Adam Grant weaves together research and storytelling to help us build the intellectual and emotional muscle we need to stay curious enough about the world to actually change it. I’ve never felt so hopeful about what I don’t know.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D., #1  New York Times  bestselling author of  Dare to Lead   " Think Again is a must-read for anyone who wants to create a culture of learning and exploration, whether at home, at work, or at school... In an increasingly divided world, the lessons in this book are more important than ever." –Bill and Melinda Gates The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for approval—and too little like scientists searching for truth. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder to our own limitations we can become. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people's minds—and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take , he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he's right but listen like he's wrong. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

  • Author:
    Hippel, William von
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    Bill von Hippel traces human development through three critical evolutionary inflection points to explain how events in our distant past shape our lives today. From the mundane, such as why we exaggerate, to the surprising, such as why we believe our own lies and why fame and fortune are as likely to bring misery as happiness, the implications are far reaching and extraordinary.

  • Author:
    Seager, Sara
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    In this luminous memoir, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. “Sara Seager’s exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir.”—Abraham Verghese, author of  Cutting for Stone Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets—especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match, not in the stars but here at home. Probing and invigoratingly honest, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own kind of light in the dark.

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    Langer, Ellen J.
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    Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of context and of the ever-changing nature of information. Learning without this awareness, as Langer shows convincingly, has severely limited uses and often sets on up for failure.

  • Author:
    Ehrenberg, Alain
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    Cognitive neuroscience, once a specialized area of psychology and biology, has enjoyed increased worldwide legitimacy in the last thirty years not only in psychiatry and mental health, but also in fields as diverse as education, economics, marketing, and law. How can this surge in popularity be explained? Has the new science of human behaviour now become the barometer of our conduct and our lives, taking the place previously occupied by psychoanalysis? Rather than asking if neuronal man will replace social man or how to surmount the opposition between the biological and the social, The Mechanics of Passions uncovers hidden relationships between global social ideals and specialized concepts of neuroscience and cognitive science. Proposing a historical sociology situated in the dual contexts of the history of sciences and the history of self-representation, Alain Ehrenberg describes the conditions through which cognitive neuroscience has developed and acquired a strong moral authority in our individualistic society permeated by ideas, values, and norms of autonomy. Cognitive neuroscience offers the promise of turning personal limitations into assets by exploring an individual's "hidden potential." The Mechanics of Passions identifies this as the echo of social ideals of autonomy, affirming that the moral authority of cognitive neuroscience stems as much from cultural norms as from any results of scientific or medical experimentation.

  • Author:
    Cahalan, Susannah
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    In the 1970s, a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems.

  • Author:
    Gladwell, Malcolm
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    Malcolm Gladwell argues that something is very wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

  • Author:
    Jensen, Peter S., Hallowell, Edward M.
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    Bestselling author Dr. Edward Hallowell teams up with the preeminent ADD academic expert in the country to outline a concerted and organized way for parents to develop their ADD child's strengths and talents.

  • Author:
    Kingsland, James
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    Framed by the teachings of the Buddha, this book shows how ancient meditative practices anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. This is a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why it is vital today.

  • Author:
    Goldman-Wetzler, Jennifer
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    Dr. Jen Goldman-Wetzler argues that when conflict resolution doesn't work, you can free yourself from conflict instead. The Optimal Outcomes Method helps people change their mindsets and teaches them how to step back from a conflict, no matter how fraught, and figure out what's really causing it. She shows us how to ease tensions and free ourselves, even without others' cooperation.

  • Author:
    Silberman, Steve
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    What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, going back to the earliest days of autism research to provide long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle.

  • Author:
    Galinsky, Ellen
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    Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky presents a book of advice based on the latest research on child development.

  • Author:
    Gottlieb, Lori
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    From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).

  • Author:
    Malette, Nicole
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    Going to university or college is supposed to be “the best time of your life” … but what if it’s not? Research reveals that mental health issues are on the rise among undergrads, but many are not accessing help. If this is relatable, this book is for you. It addresses common sources of distress – including academic, social, parental, and financial pressures – and shows you how to meet those challenges head-on and where to turn for extra support. Packed with self-care strategies, quick tips, and eye-opening facts, this is an indispensable guide for anyone on the path to a degree.

  • Author:
    Ellenhorn, Ross D.
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    We all have something we want to change about ourselves. But we feel a sense of failure when we don't succeed. This often sets off a cascade of negative feelings and discouragement, making it even harder to change. Ellenhorn speaks to the core of our insecurities and fears about ourselves, with a humor and kindness. By turning our judgements about self-destructive behaviors into curious questions about them, he teaches us to think about our actions to discover what we truly want and help us achieve the transformation we truly seek.

  • Author:
    Cavanagh, Sarah Rose
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    We have always been a social species, and the advent of social media has amplified these tendencies. This can be positive, but it can also create political polarization and promote conspiracy theories. Cavanagh leaves no stone unturned in her quest to understand how social technology is reshaping our collective selves, and what we can do to come back from the brink.

  • Author:
    Gray, Peter
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    Psychologist Peter Gray suggests that it's time to stop asking what's wrong with our children, and start asking what's wrong with the system.

  • Author:
    Westhoff, Ben
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    Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice--and those with arcane acronyms like 25i-NBOMe--were originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific and medicinal purposes. Their formulas were then hijacked and manufactured by rogue chemists, largely in China. Westhoff has infiltrated this shadowy world. He chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law-enforcement officers, and underground drug-awareness organizers in the US and Europe.

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