Content topics are logically arrayed, including cooperation, and status, starting with challenges of survival, mating, prestige, and kinship; and then progressing to challenges of group living, sexual conflict, parenting, aggression, and social hierarchies.
Managing Oneself Harvard Business Review ClassicsHarvard Business Review Press - That means it's up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. And it's up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years.
. The keys: cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses; Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are; and Describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution.
Managing Oneself Harvard Business Review Classics - In managing oneself, Peter Drucker explains how to do it. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. Drucker foundation for nonprofit Management, public services institutions, and counseled 13 governments, and major corporations. Peter drucker was a writer, teacher, and consultant.
Managing oneself identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career. Companies today aren't managing their knowledge workers careers. His 34 books have been published in more than 70 languages.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition Oxford Landmark ScienceOUP Oxford - Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published. This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews.
Oxford landmark science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biologycommunity, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition Oxford Landmark Science - The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life StorySimon & Schuster - An earthman of the future goes to Mars, driven by nightmares of his past.
Civilization and Its Discontents Penguin Modern ClassicsPenguin - After all, doesn't repression of sexuality deeply affect people and compromise their chances of happiness? In what remains one of his most seminal papers, Freud considers the incompatibility of civilisation and individual happiness, and the tensions between the claims of society and the individual. We all know that living in civilised groups means sacrificing a degree of personal interest, but couldn't you argue that it in fact creates the conditions for our happiness? Freud explores the arguments and counter-arguments surrounding this proposition, focusing on what he perceives to be one of society's greatest dangers; 'civilised' sexual morality.
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are The MIT PressThe MIT Press - Genetics accounts for fifty percent of psychological differences—not just mental health and school achievement but all psychological traits, from personality to intellectual abilities. Plomin has been working on these issues for almost fifty years, conducting longitudinal studies of twins and adoptees.
This, says Plomin, is a game changer. A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses. In blueprint, behavioral geneticist robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth.
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are The MIT Press - . He reports that genetics explains more of the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. After describing why dna matters, plomin explains what DNA does, offering readers a unique insider's view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent life-long sources of our psychological individuality—the blueprint that makes us who we are.
Neither tiger mothers nor attachment parenting affects children's ability to get into Harvard. Nature, not nurture is what makes us who we are. Plomin explores the implications of this, drawing some provocative conclusions—among them that parenting styles don't really affect children's outcomes once genetics is taken into effect.
The Lessons of HistorySimon & Schuster - A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time.
. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.
Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the UniverseSt. Martin's Press - What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure.
Drawing on work from philosophy, davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, anthropology, economics, religious studies, and biology, psychology, computer science, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.
Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe - Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions.
Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these "keys" fit. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. Professor jim davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, Riveted, from art to religion and from sports to superstition.
The H Factor of Personality: Why Some People Are Manipulative, Self-Entitled, Materialistic, and Exploitive—And Why It Matters for EveryoneWilfrid Laurier University Press - People who have high levels of H are sincere and modest; people who have low levels are deceitful and pretentious. Finally, the book provides ways of identifying people who are low in the H factor, as well as advice on how to raise one’s own level of H. This book, politics, explores the importance of this personality dimension in various aspects of people’s lives: their approaches to money, and sex; their inclination to commit crimes or obey the law; their attitudes about society, power, written by the discoverers of the H factor, and religion; and their choice of friends and spouse.
It isn’t intuitively obvious that traits of honesty and humility go hand in hand, and until very recently the H factor hadn’t been recognized as a personality dimension. The “h” in the h factor stands for “Honesty-Humility, ” and it’s one of only six basic dimensions of personality. But scientific evidence shows that honesty and humility belong to a unified group of personality characteristics, separate from five other groups identified several decades ago.
The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic ThinkingW. W. Norton & Company - A short, sharp guide to tackling life’s biggest challenges: understanding ourselves and making the right choices. Every day offers moments of decision, from what to eat for lunch to how to settle a dispute with a colleague. Interactive and thought-provoking, this illustrated workbook offers succinct summaries of popular strategies, including the Rubber Band Model for dilemmas with many directions, the Personal Performance Model to test whether to change jobs, and the Black Swan Model to illustrate why experience doesn’t guarantee wisdom.
. Packed with familiar tools like the pareto principle, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and an unusual exercise inspired by Warren Buffet, The Decision Book is the ideal reference for flexible thinkers. Still larger questions loom: how can i motivate my team? how can i work more efficiently? What is the long tail anyway?Whether you’re a newly minted MBA, and subsequently understanding, a chronic second-guesser, The Decision Book presents fifty models for better structuring, or just someone eager for a new vantage point, life’s steady challenges.