7 New Books That Will Make You Sound Like a Genius
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7 New Books That Will Make You Sound Like a Genius

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7 New Books That Will Make You Sound Like a Genius

Whether it was at a job interview or a cocktail party, we’ve all felt the need to look extra smart. So we stroke our chins thoughtfully and pepper our sentences with words like “indubitably”—but it’s only a matter of time before our facade begins to crack.

If you’re hoping to truly impress others with your intelligence, it’s best to know all about an important, timely subject—so we recommend checking out the seven brilliant books below. They won’t necessarily turn you into the next Einstein, but they might still make you sound like a genius.

 

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

By Annie Murphy Paul

Exploring the findings of neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and psychologists, The Extended Mind outlines a dramatic new vision for how our minds work, full of practical advice on how we can all think better. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

By Adam Grant

Wharton psychologist Adam Grant offers bold ideas and rigorous evidence to show how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, encourage others to rethink topics as wide-ranging as abortion and climate change, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Frank Wilczek

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality

By Frank Wilczek

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek shares a simple yet profound exploration of reality based on the deep revelations of modern science. With an infectious sense of joy, Wilczek investigates the ideas that form our understanding of the universe, such as time, space, matter, energy, complexity, and complementarity. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

The Politics of Our Time: Populism, Nationalism, Socialism by John Judis

The Politics of Our Time: Populism, Nationalism, Socialism

By John Judis

This volume is an indispensable guide to understanding the deeply rooted disenchantment that gave rise to populist parties and politicians on the right and left—and to the global changes that have transformed the politics of our time. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness by Mark Solms

The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness

By Mark Solms

Neuropsychologist Mark Solms proposes a revelatory new theory of consciousness. In The Hidden Spring, he helps readers recognize the workings of their own minds for what they really are, including every stray thought, pulse of emotion, and shift of attention. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe by Paul Sen

Einstein’s Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe

By Paul Sen

An entertaining, eye-opening account of the extraordinary team of innovators who discovered the laws of thermodynamics essential to understanding the world today—from refrigeration and jet engines to calorie counting and global warming. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

By Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler

Renowned NPR host Shankar Vedantam teams up with science writer Bill Mesler to argue that self-deception can be good for us, and that it can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, and why some nations hold together while others splinter. View Our “Book Bite” Summary

 

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