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The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction (edição: 2015)

de Matthew Crawford (Autor)

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"A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life"-- "Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind by showing that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and certain assumptions at the root of Western culture are the root of the cause"--… (mais)
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Título:The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction
Autores:Matthew Crawford (Autor)
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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction de Matthew B. Crawford

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    Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts de Alexander Langlands (melmore)
    melmore: Both works address, among other things, the way in which skilled craft is a specific kind of intelligence, different from, but not less than, what we have traditionally thought of as intellect. Both make the case that this intelligence resides in the interface between the skilled worker and the material world on which he or exerts that skill.… (mais)
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This book is mainly devoted to talking about the way we devote attention to things and how it is a limited resource. With the current way things are, people are accosted and assaulted on all sides with advertisements for products they might not even want. Underlying that is the idea of having choices in such situations.

For instance, they talk about gambling. Casinos use cognitive psychology to its full extent, attempting to bleed their customers dry. Everything in the entire building is engineered to make people devote their attention to it, and it works quite well, even having people pee their pants before giving up a favorite machine. Also in the book it talks about short order cooks and how people might use their physical locations as spatial cues to help in their work.

I found the book to be enjoyable, but I didn't really remember much from it. That little story about gambling really irked me, but if people choose to spend their money that way, it isn't my issue. I guess what I am saying is that the book takes a while to get to the point. In a book that is supposed to be about attention that seems to be an odd choice. It also seems to meander a bit and the common thread takes some effort to keep.

All in all, I would read this again, and hopefully the second time affords me more understanding of the material in the book. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Some was really interesting (humans are "hard wired" to pay attention to color and motion), some was huh??? (parts of trying to tie it to history), and some was ouch! dreadful! (the bit on gambling). Some was straightforward and logical and some was very hard to follow. Would have been improved by some definitions of terms some people might have already known but many definitely would not. ( )
  TanyaRead | Jan 11, 2019 |
Interesting ... in parts. I enjoyed the first and last parts. Good ideas and philosophy about thinking and learning. ( )
  deldevries | Oct 26, 2017 |
(Rating: 4.5 /5.0, rounded up) ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
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It seems appropriate that a book ostensibly about attention should require so much of it, and Crawford’s taut scholarly prose is perhaps best read in a soundproof chamber with an absence of visual stimuli. That is far from a criticism, however. Although its title is suggestive of the breezily written self-help guide, the text transcends this genre to evoke a full-blown philosophical inquiry. Like the Enlightenment philosophers he rebukes, Crawford makes deductions that stretch commonsense logic to its maximum extent and may have readers performing intellectual somersaults over his reasoning. For those who persevere, the experience should be rich and rewarding.
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"A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life"-- "Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind by showing that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and certain assumptions at the root of Western culture are the root of the cause"--

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