You are smart. Yes, you, the one who is sitting and reading this on your phone. Maybe you heard it growing up, maybe not, but either way, it’s true: you’re smart.
The potential for brilliance is within all of us, so to help yours emerge and unleash your inner brain, start by checking out the five fascinating reads below.
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The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World
By Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater
Two cognitive scientists find compelling solutions to major mysteries like the origins of languages and how language learning is possible, and long-standing debates like whether having two words for “blue” changes what we see. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by co-authors Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater, in the Next Big Idea app
The Internet Isn’t What You Think: A History, A Philosophy, A Warning
By Justin EH Smith
Combining the breadth of intellectual history with the incisiveness of philosophy, Internet is not what you think it is traverses our daily digital lives to provide a clear picture of what the Internet is, where it came from, and where it could take us in the decades to come. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Justin EH Smith, in the Next Big Idea app
Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior
By Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli
Two MIT economists are using game theory to explain our most confusing behavior, from the mechanics of Stockholm syndrome and internalized misogyny to why we help strangers and have a sense of fairness. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by co-authors Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli, in the Next Big Idea app
The Loop: How Technology Creates a Choiceless World and How to Fight Back
By Jacob Ward
This eye-opening narrative journey into the rapidly changing world of artificial intelligence reveals the dangerous ways AI exploits the unconscious habits of our minds and the real threat it poses to humanity. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jacob Ward, in the Next Big Idea app
Journey of the mind: how thought emerged from chaos
By Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam
Two neuroscientists share the cutting-edge mathematical basis of consciousness, language, and self. They show how a “unified theory of mind” can explain the greatest mysteries of the mind and offer clues to the ultimate fate of all minds in the universe. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by co-authors Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, in the Next Big Idea app
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