Combining long winter nights in Johannesburg and a public sale at Exclusives, is an ideal excuse to collect a number of books to occupy my mind-space for a few weeks.
The following are my recent purchases, and a précis of each as I understand the motives of the authors to write about the topics. (And why I am reading them.)
The Wisest Man in the Room – How to harness psychology’s most powerful insights.
Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
Understanding about knowledge, insights and wisdom, – how our thinking process are packed with biases, mostly unconscious, that results in poor judgement, and all it’s consequences (intended and unintended).
(Improves my insights into brain health, determinants of quality of life and optimizing decision-making. Love picking out the biases of others, but not even noticing my own.)
The Power of Silence – The riches that lie within.
A world wide search for and documentation of individuals, societies, or corporations that deeply value times of silence, – a committed breakaway (minutes, hours, days, months, or years) from the nonstop noise of modern life. The sounds of silence are indeed golden. Sorry Simon and Garfunkle.
(Fits in with my seventh adventures in wellness: Digital Detox and the Art of Stillness/Silence.)
Unbound – How eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink.
A concise longitudinal review of major changes in technology – from tools, spears, fire, wheels, clothing, huts to music, art, language, ethnicity, and more recent accomplishments of ships, writing, clocks, machines. And of course, now the Digital Age of the World Wide Web. Does this understanding give a positive or negative future trajectory? There will be a number of blogs about these insights.
(Informs my digital online teaching platforms.)
The Story of Food – An illustrated history of everything we eat.
DK – Penguin Random House.
A Cooks Tour (!) with illustrations, through the origins, nutritional values, and cultural uses of the ten major food groups: nuts and seeds; fruits; grains and cereals; vegetables; herbs and spices; oils and condiments; (processed) sugar; meat; fish; and dairy (milk, cheese and eggs).
(Fits in with my view on the primacy of superfoods versus junk-foods. Another of the seven adventures in wellness)
Your book(s) you are reading, now?
Dr Jonathan D Moch
Special Expertise In Optimizing Brain Health