human behavior http://wamc.org en "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein http://wamc.org/post/plato-googleplex-why-philosophy-wont-go-away-rebecca-goldstein <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news?</p><p>In her new book, <em>Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away</em>, acclaimed philosopher and novelist <a href="http://www.rebeccagoldstein.com/">Rebecca Newberger</a> Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87937 at http://wamc.org "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems http://wamc.org/post/ha-science-when-we-laugh-and-why-scott-weems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?</p><p><em>Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why</em> is an investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87595 at http://wamc.org "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems "Dignity" by Dr. Donna Hicks http://wamc.org/post/dignity-dr-donna-hicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction - in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level.</p><p>We talk about Dignity with Harvard Professor, Dr. Donna Hicks. Her book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300188056/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0300188056&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0300188056" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59776 at http://wamc.org "Dignity" by Dr. Donna Hicks "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans" By Simon Head http://wamc.org/post/mindless-why-smarter-machines-are-making-dumber-humans-simon-head <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs)—the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In <em>Mindless</em>, Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85304 at http://wamc.org "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans" By Simon Head "Personal Intelligence: The Power Of Personality And How It Shapes Our Lives" By John D. Mayer http://wamc.org/post/personal-intelligence-power-personality-and-how-it-shapes-our-lives-john-d-mayer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>John D. Mayer, the renowned psychologist who co-developed the groundbreaking theory of emotional intelligence, now draws on decades of research to introduce another paradigm-shifting idea: that in order to become our best selves, we use an even broader intelligence—which he calls personal intelligence—to understand our own personality and the personalities of the people around us.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85246 at http://wamc.org "Personal Intelligence: The Power Of Personality And How It Shapes Our Lives" By John D. Mayer "A More Beautiful Question" By Warren Berger http://wamc.org/post/more-beautiful-question-warren-berger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In his new book, <em>A More Beautiful Question</em>, journalist and innovation expert <a href="http://www.warrenberger.com/">Warren Berger</a> shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood.</p><p>He says - Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?”</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85162 at http://wamc.org "A More Beautiful Question" By Warren Berger "Beasts" By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson http://wamc.org/post/beasts-jeffrey-moussaieff-masson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and </span>orcas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In the twentieth century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other has killed none. Jeffrey </span>Masson's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new book, </span><a href="http://www.jeffreymasson.com/beasts/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Beasts</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, begins here: There is something different about us.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.jeffreymasson.com/">Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson</a> is an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, and is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85068 at http://wamc.org "Beasts" By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley http://wamc.org/post/smarter-new-science-building-brain-power-dan-hurley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, <a href="http://www.danhurley.com/"><em>Smarter</em> </a>penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities.</p><p>Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82101 at http://wamc.org "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley "Painting Your Way Out Of A Corner" By Barbara Diane Barry http://wamc.org/post/painting-your-way-out-corner-barbara-diane-barry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course </span><a href="http://www.artforselfdiscovery.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Art for Self-Discovery</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function her book: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Painting Your Way Out of a Corner</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> guides readers through the process of overcoming blocks and expressing themselves freely in painting.</span></p><p>Through a series of exercises that emphasize improvisation and risk-taking, readers will learn how to quiet their inner critics and strengthen their creativity. The more we learn to play and accept whatever appears on the page, the more we are able to try new things in life.</p><p>Barbara Diane Barry is an artist and art teacher in New York City. Under the educational outreach program at <a href="http://www.symphonyspace.org/home">Symphony Space</a>, she teaches in public schools throughout NYC's five boroughs and gives tours in the city’s finest museums.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82229 at http://wamc.org "Painting Your Way Out Of A Corner" By Barbara Diane Barry "Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture" By Jessica Lamb-Shapiro http://wamc.org/post/promise-land-my-journey-through-americas-self-help-culture-jessica-lamb-shapiro <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The daughter of a widowed child psychologist and parenting author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro grew up immersed in the culture of self-help, of books and pamphlets and board games and gadgets and endless jargon-filled conversations about feelings.</p><p>It wasn’t until she hit her thirties that Jessica began to wonder: if all this self-improvement arcana was as helpful as it promised to be, why wasn’t she better adjusted? She had a flying phobia, hadn’t settled down, and didn’t like to talk about her feelings.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81974 at http://wamc.org "Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture" By Jessica Lamb-Shapiro