Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
“Well-written and fascinating . . . this is the kind of book you want everyone to read.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer“Curiosity, awareness, attention,” Laurence Gonzales writes. “Those are the tools of our everyday survival. . . . We all must be scientists at heart or be victims of forces that we don’t understand.” In this fascinating account, Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the blessings of evolution to overcome the hazards of everyday life.
Everyday Survival will teach you to make the right choices for our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world—whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder.
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One of the most interesting things about this book is that, it is two perhaps three books rolled into one. There is management advice sprinkled with ecological consciousness and basic understanding of ‘how things work’. However, readers looking for management advice will undoubtedly be marvelled by how well the science bit fits into the book and vice versa. So, on a whole if you want to start placing some jigsaw pieces in the understanding of how we as people function from a rounded perspective then this book will give you that consolidation. To reach this consolidation of ideas though, you will embark on short journeys from the boardrooms of Xerox to the Chihuahua in Mexico, and Milwaukee County Zoo among lunch breaks across the Houston Medical Centre. Where you arrive when you look up from your couch is at gems such as, ‘The peril of Lucy’s life has not been vanquished by our achievements. It has been shipped oversees’
Gonzales almost seems to be thinking aloud. He writes about our emotions and intuitions as strong kingmakers of our destiny. Why smart people do stupid things is somewhere deeply encoded through our evolutionary journey, he argues and his efforts to pick slices from these codes are commendable. It still however leaves the reader with a sense that the only way forward is to trace back our steps to the footprints of our ancestors Australopithecus afarensis in Laetoli in Tanzania.
Whatever your reason for reading the ‘Everyday Survival’, the one thing that all the readers are bound to feel is the power of collective action. If we really care about not only understanding ourselves but also the planet we live on, then this book will help you take a step forward in the right direction.
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