Some recently encountered books/articles which apply to Human Communication dynamics to LIFE

( Suggestions welcome! )



Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell-- (Back Bay/Little, Brown) {the roles of instincts & hunches in human perception}


The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption - Clay Johnson(Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, Inc.) {too much information! We're drowning in data but starved for knowledge}


Outliers: The Story of Success  - Malcolm Gladwell-- (Back Bay/Little,Brown) {success = talent+ luck+ opportunity+ thinking outside the box}


Quiet (the power of introverts in a World that can't stop talking) - Susan Cain -- (Crown Publishers) {our society usually undervalues such personalities - although as much as one-third of the population fall into this category!}


Imagine: How Creativity Works- Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)  {approaching the creative mind as a learn-able process, not a uniquely innate talent.}


Language: The Cultural Tool - Daniel L. Everett (Pantheon Books) {our encoding skill is actually a complex combination of brain function, cognition, culture, and communication}


Mind Code: How the Language we use influences the way we think - Charles E. Bailey (Global Institute for Scientific Thinking, Lake Mary,FL) { "integrates physical biological, social, & cognitive behavioral science with complex adaptive systems"... and "deciphers the natural language code--the key to understanding the how and why of human thought"}


Sticks and Stones (Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy) - Emily Bazelon (Random House) {an exploration of the complex & complicated dynamics underlying such non humane behaviors}


The Organized Mind ( Thinking Straight in the age of Information Overload)  - Daniel J. Levitin (Dutton) { a neuroscientist explores how "Highly Successful Person's seem to maximize the brain's ability to strategize the organization via memory and pragmatic techniques}