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Scott Barry Kaufman is an American humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and popular science writer. His writing and research focuses on intelligence, creativity, and human potential.
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Waking Up
A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Sam Harris - Jun 16, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who foll...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Apr 06, 2021
@JV_Greetings @SamHarrisOrg I really liked Sam's book.      source
What Intelligence Tests Miss
The Psychology of Rational Thought
Keith E. Stanovich - Feb 01, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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An engaging discussion of the important cognitive characteristics missing from IQ tests Critics of intelligence tests—writers such as Robert Sternberg, Howard Gardner, and Daniel Goleman—have argued in recent years that these tests neglect important qualities such as emotion, empathy, and interpersonal skills. However, such critiques imply that tho...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Feb 17, 2021
This book by Keith Stanovich is massively underrated:      source
Wired to Create
Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind
Scott Barry Kaufman - Dec 27, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman's groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire's popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the "messy minds" of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, alo...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Feb 05, 2021
@DooleyNoTedd @fallinlovia @psychpodcast We’re gonna do something on Clubhouse soon. Good book choice :)      source
Straightforward Statistics
Understanding the Tools of Research
Glenn Geher - May 01, 2014
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Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research is a clear and direct introduction to statistics for the social, behavioral, and life sciences. Based on the author's extensive experience teaching undergraduate statistics, this book provides a narrative presentation of the core principles that provide the foundation for modern-day st...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Nov 28, 2020
@Its_Piotr Even just an introductory statistics class would be great. In terms of books, I like @glenngeher's "Straightforward Statistics" ( and Barry Cohen's "Explaining Psychological Statistics" ( Hope that helps!      source
Explaining Psychological Statistics
Barry H. Cohen - Dec 04, 2013 (first published in 1995)
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This second edition of a successful textbook offers graduate psychology students a unique pedagogical system to learning statistical concepts....
Scott Barry Kaufman
Nov 28, 2020
@Its_Piotr Even just an introductory statistics class would be great. In terms of books, I like @glenngeher's "Straightforward Statistics" ( and Barry Cohen's "Explaining Psychological Statistics" ( Hope that helps!      source
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Anders Ericsson - Apr 11, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin “Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, a...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Jun 18, 2020
If you are interested in the science of expertise and high performance, I highly recommend reading Anders' book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise":      source
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Learned Hopefulness
The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression
Dan Tomasulo - Jun 01, 2020
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Cultivate hope with strengths-based practices grounded in positive psychologyIf you suffer from depression, sub-clinical depression, or low mood, you may have days where you feel like you’ve lost hope—hope that you’ll ever feel better, that the world will be a better place, or that you’ll someday find the happiness that always seems to elude you. Y...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Jun 05, 2020
In my last ever blog post for @sciam, I review @drdantomasulo's timely and important book "Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression". I also include some exercises from his book to increase hope during these trying times:      source
The Robot's Rebellion
Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin
Keith E. Stanovich - Oct 15, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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The idea that we might be robots is no longer the stuff of science fiction; decades of research in evolutionary biology and cognitive science have led many esteemed scientists to the conclusion that, according to the precepts of universal Darwinism, humans are merely the hosts for two replicators (genes and memes) that have no interest in us except...
Scott Barry Kaufman
May 14, 2020
@f_Martela That book by Stanovich is one of my favorite books ever!      source
Hope for the Flowers
Trina Paulus - May 01, 1973 (first published in 1972)
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This classic story is celebrating its 45th anniversary beginning in September of 2017. "Hope for the Flowers" is an inspiring allegory about the realization of one's true destiny as told through the lives of caterpillars Stripe and Yellow, who struggle to "climb to the top" before understanding that they are meant to fly....
Scott Barry Kaufman
Apr 15, 2020
omg!! When I was a kid the book "Hope for the Flowers" changed my life. About a decade ago I reached out to the author Trina Paulus (@TrinaPaulus) and thanked her. She just FaceTimed me *out of the blue* to tell me about "7 Days of Hope" ( Amazing!!      source
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Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Sean Carroll - Sep 10, 2019
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As you read these words, copies of you are being created. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this worlds most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly t...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Apr 12, 2020
@NicoleBarbaro Indeed! And check out @seanmcarroll's fascinating book "Something Deeply Hidden":      source
The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World
Olga Khazan - Apr 07, 2020
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In the tradition of Susan Cain's Quiet and Scott Stossel's My Age of Anxiety, Atlantic staff writer Olga Khazan reclaims the concept of "weird" and turns it into a badge of honor rather than a slur, showing how being different -- culturally, socially, physically, or mentally -- can actually be a person's greatest strength.Most of us have at some po...
Scott Barry Kaufman
Apr 10, 2020
Transcend was selected as a @NextBigIdeaClub Finalist! Some really good books on this list, including @olgakhazan's wonderful book "Weird".      source
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