Cambiare, diventare una persona migliore, superare gli atteggiamenti sbagliati si può: lo psicologo di fama internazionale Richard Wiseman ce l'ha dimostrato nel suo primo bestseller sul cambiamento rapido, 59 secondi. In questo secondo volume, Wiseman applica la sua innovativa ed efficacissima teoria ai rapporti con gli altri e dimostra che per superare con successo un colloquio di lavoro, fare una buona impressione al primo appuntamento, vivere una relazione di coppia serena e appagante, crescere figli felici e realizzati non è necessario affidarsi a lunghe letture di noiosissimi manuali che cercano di convincerci a essere diversi da quello che siamo. Basta sapere su cosa puntare e farlo rapidamente. Ancora una volta in meno di un minuto: in 59, rivoluzionari secondi. Scoprirete così, tra l'altro, in che modo un ranocchio può aiutarvi in una difficile trattativa economica, perché perdere il portafoglio può diventare un'opportunità (ma anche come riuscire a ritrovarlo), quanto può essere importante una pizza al primo appuntamento e come tre meringhe possono insegnarvi molto sul carattere dei vostri bambini... Serissimo e spiritoso, documentato e avvincente, basato su approfonditi studi psicologici e ricco di test, esercizi pratici e soluzioni immediate, La scienza del cambiamento rapido applicata agli altri cambierà per sempre, e in meglio, i vostri rapporti con il mondo e la vostra vita.
Qual è il pensiero dei milioni di italiani che non credono? Come si traduce in pratica? Come vivono? Quali scelte compiono? Perché le compiono? Raffaele Carcano, ex segretario dell’Uaar, tenterà di rispondere a queste domande e a molte altre. Partendo dal presupposto che, quando si ritiene di avere una sola vita a disposizione, si aprono immediatamente innumerevoli possibilità. Al punto che esistono forse tanti ateismi e agnosticismi quanti sono gli atei e gli agnostici. Certo: vivendo in Italia si devono anche fare i conti con istituzioni profondamente clericali. L’assenza di laicità ha pesanti conseguenze sulla vita di ogni giorno di tutti i cittadini e, in particolare, sui cittadini che non sentono alcun bisogno di Dio. E porta dunque a compiere scelte molto differenti. Eppure tutte significative. Questo libro racconta esperienze da cui potrete estrarre ciò che vorrete, se lo vorrete. Non vi dispenserà consigli: semmai l’invito a fare scelte consapevoli, corredato da qualche strumento utile allo scopo. Non vi proporrà un’etica a uso e consumo degli atei e degli agnostici. Ma cercherà invece di descrivervi le loro etiche, quelle che modellano vite qualche volta difficili, frequentemente belle, persino entusiasmanti.
Author: Richard Wiseman
Publisher: Ponte alle Grazie
I fenomeni parapsicologici non esistono. Questo è l'incontrovertibile assunto da cui parte il grande divulgatore scientifico (e mago a sua volta, ma solo per il divertimento dei lettori!) Richard Wiseman per guidarci in questo viaggio nell'affascinante mondo del paranormale, alla scoperta dei trucchi nascosti dietro fenomeni apparentemente inspiegabili come la telepatia, la chiaroveggenza, lo spiritismo, le esperienze extracorporee... Eppure, nonostante la loro indubbia falsità, approfondire tutti questi fenomeni, analizzarli in maniera razionale, smascherare i trucchi usati da sedicenti maghi, medium, imbroglioni e ciarlatani può esserci di grande aiuto per conoscere meglio i meccanismi di funzionamento della nostra mente, che ha davvero delle qualità eccezionali, e ampliarne il potere. Seguiamo dunque il racconto di Wiseman, che miscela come sempre veridicità scientifica ed eccezionale abilità divulgativa, tra cani in grado di predire il futuro, galeotti dalle straordinarie capacità psicocinetiche e fantasmi rompiscatole alla scoperta del reale dietro il paranormale, del possibile dietro l'impossibile. E per finire, un regalo «magico», il kit istantaneo del supereroe: sei tecniche psicologiche per far colpo su amici e parenti con le vostre straordinarie, normalissime capacità... paranormali. Una vera e propria bibbia laica del pensiero razionale, scritta con il rigore dello scienziato e il divertimento dell'uomo di spettacolo, due caratteristiche alla base del grande successo di Richard Wiseman.
Author: Richard Wiseman
Publisher: Basic Books
For over twenty years, psychologist Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the oddities of human behavior, explaining the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed-dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humor reveals about the innermost workings of his or her mind—all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work. Wiseman's research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake séances in allegedly haunted buildings. With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamored couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.
Author: Alex Stone
Publisher: Bond Street Books
An exploration of the world of magic that teaches the reader many tricks--including how better to understand the real world. Alex Stone--journalist and part-time conjurer--is here to amaze you. But first he had to amaze his fellow magicians. Fooling Houdini is his fascinating, revealing, and nailbiting account of his attempt to win the 23rd World Championships of Magic, the "Magic Olympics," the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind. Alex Stone managed to qualify for entry and began preparing to astonish people who astonish others for a living. It didn't help his nerves that he was placed on the bill straight after Canadian magician Shawn Farquhar, winner of more magic competitions than anyone in history. Stone's preparations and participation provide his readers with in-depth exploration of the world of magic, and magic's meaning. He spills many professional secrets, arguing that what is important is to ask questions about what lies behind the tricks: how the mind perceives the world and parses everyday experience, about how the mind works--and why sometimes it doesn't, about why people need to believe. As we become more attuned to the limits of our own perception, we become better at distinguishing reality from illusion, at reading the angles and decoding the fine print, he says. We gain intuition and understanding into how people behave. We even learn ways to influence this behavior. This makes us less susceptible to all manner of deception. It is to gain and maintain this sixth sense that Alex Stone--a schoolboy prestidigitator--has continued performing magic well into adulthood. In Fooling Houdini he takes us into that other world, populated by truly astounding characters, and leaves us with a heightened sense of awareness about the supposedly real world.
Many people claim to be psychic. Palm readers and astrologers claim that they look into the future to help solve personal problems. Mediums claim to help individuals communicate with deceased friends and relatives. Faith healers and psychic surgeons claim to diagnose and cure illness. Psychic detectives offer advice to the police to help solve crime. Alleged psychics have been used to attract followers to religious organizations and as consultants by large businesses.
Author: Joseph LeDoux
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Anxiety is the most prevalent psychiatric problem of our time. Decades of research have gone into probing its mysteries and developing treatments. But what if we’ve been thinking about fear and anxiety in the wrong way for all these years? This is the groundbreaking premise behind a wave of new research, led by the lab of renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux. He believes that fear and anxiety are not innate states, simply waiting to be unleashed in the brain. Rather they are assembled experiences, and that has huge implications for patients. By mapping brain circuits, LeDoux explains the origins of anxiety disorders and reveals discoveries that can restore sufferers to normality. As impressive as it is timely, Anxious is a comprehensive survey of cutting-edge research revolutionising the way we treat our most pressing mental health issue.
In this 1982 book, the theory of games, first developed to analyse economic behaviour, is modified so that it can be applied to evolving populations. John Maynard Smith's concept of an evolutionarily stable strategy is relevant whenever the best thing for an animal or plant to do depends on what others are doing. The theory leads to testable predictions about the evolution of behaviour, of sex and genetic systems, and of growth and life history patterns. This book contains a full account of the theory, and of the data relevant to it. The account is aimed at senior undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and research workers in animal behaviour, population genetics and evolutionary biology. The book will also be of interest to mathematicians and game theorists; the mathematics has been largely confined to appendixes so that the main text may be easily followed by biologists.
Everyone loves a winner. Imagine being able to challenge anyone with seemingly impossible bets, safe in the knowledge that you will always win. Imagine no more. Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has traveled the globe in search of the world's greatest bets and in "101 Bets You Will Always Win" he shows you how to use science, logic and a healthy dose of trickery always to be on the winning side of every bet you make. Using coins, dice, matchsticks and ordinary objects, you'll discover, among many other things, - how to balance a coin on the edge of a dollar bill - pick a cup up with a balloon - balance two forks and a matchstick on your fingertip - separate two glasses without touching them In explaining the bets, Wiseman also explains the science behind them making what at first seems mystifying as natural as the laws of gravity. Let YouTube sensation Richard Wiseman turn you into one of those smart people who can say "I'll bet I can..." and know that you'll never lose.
In a recent series of ground-breaking psychological experiments, volunteers were shown a 30-second film of some people playing basketball and told to count the number of passes made with the ball. After just a few seconds, a man dressed as a gorilla slowly walked into frame, beat his chest at the camera, and sauntered off. Unbelievably, almost none of the people watching the film noticed the gorilla. Exactly the same psychological mechanisms that cause people to miss the gorilla also make them miss unexpected but vitally important opportunities in their professional and personal lives. This book outlines the scientific evidence and thinking behind this remarkable new phenomenon, and shows you how you can spot gorillas in your life - and what to do when you see one.
The As If Principle
Author: Richard Wiseman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The best-selling author of 59 Seconds challenges popular self-help approaches while counseling readers to take specific actions to improve outlook and circumstances, drawing on scientific findings to demonstrate how simple physical activities, from smiling to walking briskly, can alleviate common challenges.
Climate Change and Groundwater
Author: Walter Dragoni, Balbir S. Sukhija
Publisher: Geological Society of London
There is a general consensus that for the next few decades at least, the Earth will continue its warming. This will inevitably bring about serious environmental problems. For human society, the most severe will be those related to alterations of the hydrological cycle, which is already heavily influenced by human activities. Climate change will directly affect groundwater recharge, groundwater quality and the freshwater-seawater interface. The variations of groundwater storage inevitably entail a variety of geomorphological and engineering effects. In the areas where water resources are likely to diminish, groundwater will be one of the main solutions to prevent drought. In spite of its paramount importance, the issue of 'Climate Change and Groundwater' has been neglected. This volume presents some of the current understanding of the topic.
A Framework for Web Science
Author: Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, James A. Hendler
Publisher: Now Publishers Inc
A Framework for Web Science sets out a series of approaches to the analysis and synthesis of the World Wide Web, and other web-like information structures. A comprehensive set of research questions is outlined, together with a sub-disciplinary breakdown, emphasising the multi-faceted nature of the Web, and the multi-disciplinary nature of its study and development. These questions and approaches together set out an agenda for Web Science, the science of decentralised information systems. Web Science is required both as a way to understand the Web, and as a way to focus its development on key communicational and representational requirements. A Framework for Web Science surveys central engineering issues, such as the development of the Semantic Web, Web services and P2P. Analytic approaches to discover the Web's topology, or its graph-like structures, are examined. Finally, the Web as a technology is essentially socially embedded; therefore various issues and requirements for Web use and governance are also reviewed. A Framework for Web Science is aimed primarily at researchers and developers in the area of Web-based knowledge management and information retrieval. It will also be an invaluable reference for students in computer science at the postgraduate level, academics and industrial practitioners.
Magic in Theory
Author: Peter Lamont, Richard Wiseman
Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press
A useful manual for any magician or curious spectator who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician’s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring rather than focusing on the individual tricks alone, this explanation of the general principles of magic includes chapters on the use of misdirection, sleight of hand, and reconstruction, provides a better understanding of this ancient art, and offers a section on psychics that warns of their deceptive magic skills.