Archive for April, 2012

 
  • Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

    Antonio Damasio is a leader in understanding the biological origin of consciousness. He also argues that emotions, far from being barriers to it, are a crucial component of decision-making. He is founder and director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which draws on partners across academic disciplines to use the explosion of new neuroscience results to tackle issues from mental health to societal and global change.   Damasio is the author of Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain, which was adapted into a musical composition performed by Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History.   “A mind is so closely shaped by the body and destined to serve it that only one mind could possibly arise in it. No body, never mind.” – Antonio Damasio in “The Feeling of What Happens”

     
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  • Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

     
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  • Masters Moments: Bobby Jones legacy

    “A thorough biography of Jones. Solid reporting.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)”Bobby Jones‘ golf Grand Slam, achieved 75 years ago, ranks among sports’ greatest accomplishments… He did it, but as Ron Rapoport discovered… not without a great deal of suffering, mental and physical.” (USA Today)”The Immortal Bobby is a well-researched and unvarnished biography of Jones by Ron Rapoport, a Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist and National Public Radio commentator. Rapoport excels at adding sociological context to Jones’ achievements.” (GolfWeek) There are several Bobby Jones books out this spring commemorating the 75th anniversary of his 1930 Grand Slam, but none so far is better researched, or told with greater detail, than this one by Rapoport, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Rapoport recounts the more fascinating details of Jones’ life after doing scores of interviews and poring over the golfer’s many correspondences. Jones was a prolific writer; in fact, his own accounts of his golf matches occasionally appeared in the next day’s paper. Rapoport says he “discovered a disparity between the man and the myth that was not always so simple.” He recounts that despite his gentlemanly image, Jones could hold a fearsome grudge, as he did against fellow pro Chick Evans, whose every attempt at reconciliation was rebuffed. As for 1930, Rapoport brings much of the detail of the Grand Slam quest back to life. Forgotten, until now, are the numerous near-disasters and the internal turmoil that make Jones’ ultimate triumph all the more admirable. (San Diego Union-Tribune) “A thorough biography of Jones. Solid reporting.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press) “Bobby Jones’ golf Grand Slam, achieved 75 years ago, ranks among sports’ greatest accomplishments… He did it, but as Ron Rapoport discovered… not without a great deal of suffering, mental and physical.” (USA Today) “The Immortal Bobby is a well-researched and unvarnished biography of Jones… Rapoport excels at adding sociological context to Jones’ achievements.” (GolfWeek) There are several Jones books out this spring commemorating his 1930 Grand Slam, but none so far is better researched, or told with greater detail, than this one by Rapoport. (San Diego Union-Tribune) Review “If you want to learn a thing, or three about Jones and the defining times in which he lived, you should read this book.” –Brian Hewitt, TheGolfChannel.com “The story of Bobby Jones’ singular life is one of the most fascinating in sports history. Ron Rapoport’s thoughtful, graceful is well suited to telling that story.” — Bob Costas, Broadcaster, NBC Sports and HBO Sports “Beyond the grainy newsreels and the confetti falling on Broadway and Peachtree Street, there was an essential Bobby Jones and Ron Rapoport reveals him splendidly in a portrait as graceful as the man. There’s more here than Grand Slam 1930―the jangling nerves and self-doubt, the towering modesty in response to fame, the complexity of an Atlanta patrician, a life richly lived.” — Gary M. Pomerantz, author, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn “The skills of writing and reporting that fans of Ron Rapoport, like me, have come to expect from him over […]

     
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  • Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

    Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work   Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.   He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.       Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.   In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.   Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines:   • The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look. • The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones. • Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network   A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

     
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