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"Sally's into knowledge/spent five years in college/ Just to find out nothing was true" - "What you gonna do", Steve Taylor Originally published in 1967 (with additional material inserted in 1982), "How Children Learn" followed Holt's earlier "How Children Fail" (see reviews). The biographical note states that these two books "influenced a generation of teachers and parents". Unfortunately, this "influence" is more often quoted than observed. In the Preface (in one of the sections added to the second edition), Holt observes that the whole book can be condensed into two words--"Trust Children". The format of the book is an anecdotal reporting of Holt's interactions wi... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Even having read Dalloway's other two books (BKCNCNTR.RVW and BKDRVDET.RVW), I was rather surprised at this one. Visualization is an acknowledged technique, not only for sports, but for practice development and behavioural changes, as well. Therefore, I find it odd that the exercises described here emphasize simple concentration, relaxation, and past review. The tools given in the book are an excellent starting point for those who have no prior experience with mental techniques. The steps are easy, and the development slow. However, just when I thought we would be looking at advanced practise and the improvement of skills, the book summarises and ends. The exercises are good for relaxation and confidence building, but not much more... Rest of this review on the detail page
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"The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life," writes Malcolm Gladwell, "is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do." Although anyone familiar with the theory of memetics will recognize this concept, Gladwell's The Tipping Point has quite a few interesting twists on the subject. For example, Paul Revere was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively in part because he was what Gladwell calls a "Connector": he knew just about everybody, particularly the revolutionary leaders in each o... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Jeff Hawkins, the high-tech success story behind PalmPilots and the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, does a lot of thinking about thinking. In On Intelligence Hawkins juxtaposes his two loves--computers and brains--to examine the real future of artificial intelligence. In doing so, he unites two fields of study that have been moving uneasily toward one another for at least two decades. Most people think that computers are getting smarter, and that maybe someday, they'll be as smart as we humans are. But Hawkins explains why the way we build computers today won't take us down that path. He shows, using nicely accessible examples, that our brains are memory-driven systems that use our five senses and our perception of time, space, and consciou... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention—not as something you do—but as an energy you’re a part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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