Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness Audiobook, by Stephen Fleming Play Audiobook Sample

Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness Audiobook

Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness Audiobook, by Stephen Fleming Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: George Weightman Publisher: Basic Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549142475

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50:51 minutes

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16 seconds

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30:39 minutes

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The surprising science of the human mind's greatest power: introspection

It happens to everyone: You are asked a question -- even something you know well, such as the name of a longtime colleague -- and can't answer. The information is stuck on the tip of your tongue. It's an experience so frustrating that it seems like it must be a brain malfunction. In fact, it's actually a hallmark of our greatest power: self-awareness.

As cognitive neuroscientist Stephen M. Fleming shows in Know Thyself,self-awareness shapes our intelligence, memory, and conscious experience. It's integral to how we teach and learn. We use it every time we weigh difficult questions, such as assessing how we'd respond in a crisis. Drawing on psychology and neuroscience, Fleming provides deep insight into how self-awareness works, and how we can enhance our ability to know our strengths and weaknesses. In the end, this book isn'tjust about psychology: it's about the science of human excellence.

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“Nothing is more interesting than exploring our own minds, and now there are rigorous new methods to quantify such explorations. Steve Fleming provides a superb guide to these methods, and furthermore, he demonstrates the crucial importance of developing self-awareness for dealing with society’s most pressing problems.”

— Christopher Frith, professor emeritus of neuropsychology,  University College London, and author of Making up the Mind 


  • “An extraordinary book. Written by a leader in the science of self-awareness, it is both accessible and erudite, a self-help manual and a work of scholarship.”

    — Cecilia Heyes, professor of psychology, University of Oxford, and author of Cognitive Gadgets
  • “What a wonderful book.”

    — Joseph LeDoux, author of The Deep History of Ourselves

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