Explores a human's true need for silence and chronicles the author's journey to find, hear, and understand silence, culminating in his trip to a nickel mine, where he spends forty-five minutes in the quietest place on earth, a place so silent it threatens to drive people mad.
The Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology-winning creators of the famous "gorilla experiment" that demonstrated people's inattention to obvious facts draw on hundreds of creative experiments to whimsically reveal how the human race overrates its mental capacity.
Examines the commercialization of bottled water, discussing how the demand has been fueled by the marketing campaigns of big business and the impact that sales have had on the environment, public policy, and global access to a natural resource.
Chronicles the emergence of yoga in Jazz Age New York, tracing the contributions of notorious instructor Pierre Bernard, who trained with an Indian master before introducing wealthy patrons to modern yogic principles from his increasingly profitable Hudson River ashram.
Two respected psychologists analyze the sources of compulsive hoarding behaviors, presenting case studies of sufferers who have rendered their homes virtually unlivable, in a report that also outlines typical ineffective treatments and the impact of the disorder on families.
We need to get it in our heads that suicide is not easy, painless, cowardly, selfish, vengeful, selfmasterful, or rash; that it is not caused by breast augmentation, medicines, "slow" methods like smoking or anorexia, or, as some psychoanalysts thought, things like masturbation; that it is partly genetic and influenced by mental disorders, themselves often agonizing; and that it is preventable and treatable.
Draws on new research to examine the brain's peak capacity in middle age, explaining how a growth of white matter and brain connectors enables improved judgment, cognitive function, and problem solving.