An exploration of how humans respond to novelty from the New York Times bestselling author of Rapt
Why are we attuned to the latest headline, diet craze, smartphone, and fashion statement? Why do we relish a change of scene, eye attractive strangers, and develop new interests?
Follow a crawling baby around and you ll see that right from the beginning, nothing excites us more than something new and different. Our unique human brains are biologically primed to engage with and even generate novelty. This neophilia has enabled us to thrive in a world of cataclysmic change, but now we confront an unprecedented deluge of new things one that shows no sign of slowing. In New acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher, using cutting-edge research and interviews with countless experts, shows us how we can use our adaptive gift to navigate more skillfully through our rapidly changing world by focusing on the new things that really matter.
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Book Description Penguin. 1 Paperback(s), 2013. soft. Book Condition: New. Why are we fascinated by the latest news, the biggest trends, and cutting edge technology? How did homo sapiens survive the extinctions that doomed the Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons? And why do our heads sometimes turn when we see an attractive stranger? Human brains are primed to engage with and generate novelty, suggests the bestselling author of Rapt, who uses intriguing anecdotes and makes scientific ideas accessible to analyze how this "neophilia" has led mankind from hunting on the plains of Africa to surfing the Internet. Winifred Gallagher also ponders how this uniquely human form of curiosity will shape the future of civilization."An accessible, well-researched work that crosses a variety of disciplines and will satisfy scientifically curious readers. It will appeal to those who enjoy Stephen Jay Gould and [the late] Oliver Sacks."óLibrary Journal 259. Bookseller Inventory # 53581
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