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Author: Daniel J. Levitin Narrator: Daniel J. Levitin Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781984832313
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INSTANT TOP 10 BESTSELLER  *New York Times *USAToday *Washington Post *LA Times "Debunks the idea that aging inevitably brings infirmity and unhappiness and instead offers a trove of practical, evidence-based guidance for living longer and better." —Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive  SUCCESSFUL AGING delivers powerful insights: • Debunking the myth that memory always declines with age • Confirming that "health span"—not "life span"—is what matters • Proving that sixty-plus years is a unique and newly recognized developmental stage • Recommending that people look forward to joy, as reminiscing doesn't promote health Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age. Successful Aging inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades, and it will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise.  Download and start listening now!

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  • Using the latest information on the brain and how it works, Levitin presents a series of ideas on how to organize one's life and business. Essential reading for anyone who aspires to be highly effective. Or even find their keys! David Eidelman, MD, dean of the McGill University Medical School
  • The Organized Mind reads like a movie—not the dry tome you might expect. It’s an exciting tour through the science of productivity and how to best manage your thinking to get things done—and be more creative at the same time. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
  • A must read! Professor Levitin convinces the reader why critical thinking has become even more crucial in the Information Age. As we are consistently bombarded with information, let’s question its veracity and acquire the tools to analyze it. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, dean and professor of finance, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
  • No book could be more timely. An important book for everyone to read. Essential to where Western democracies are going. Janice Stein, founding director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Well researched, and provides a valuable guide to assist the public with a methodology for evaluating the truth behind this cacophony of information that constantly inundates. Patrick Martin, magician
  • [A] valuable primer on critical thinking that convincingly illustrates the prevalence of misinformation in everyday life. Publishers Weekly
  • There are surprising parallels between Levitin’s work and mine. Today’s environment in war, business, and just about everything else has increased in speed and complexity to the point where the essential quality required for success is adaptability. The Organized Mind provides the latest neuroscience on cognitive adaptability and how to apply it so that leaders can excel. It is a tremendous achievement, and a must-read for leaders at every level. General Stanley McChrystal, US Army (ret.)
  • A brilliant and engaging book about the science of thinking. The Organized Mind provides the tools that we all need to understand and manage the deluge of information that assaults us every day. Jerome Groopman, MD, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, Harvard Medical School, authors of Your Medical Mind
  • “A profound piece of work. Levitin documents the mismatch between our narrow bandwidth hunter-gatherer minds and the multitasking chaos of today’s world. He even shows us how to stay sane in environments that are constantly tempting us to stretch ourselves hopelessly thin. Philip E. Tetlock, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • An erudite synthesis of Levitin’s own contributions, recent advances in our understanding of attention and memory, and a deep perspective on the ways the human mind works. Stanley Prusiner, MD, Nobel Laureate, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of California, San Francisco
  • Daniel Levitin’s book follows in the ancient tradition of knowledge as a guide to a better life. Discover the creative power of organized thought, whether you are a writer or a scientist, a disorganized mess, or a super robot seeking new frontiers of effectiveness. Eric Kaplan, co-executive producer and writer, The Big Bang Theory; writer, The Simpsons and Flight of the Conchords
  • “An eloquent spokesperson for our field. Levitin writes about the brain with an ease and familiarity that is captivating. The late David Hubel, Nobel Laureate in honor of discoveries concerning information processing in the human visual system
  • Fascinating . . . Combing neuroscience and cognitive psychology, The Organized Mind underscores the critical importance of individuals taking charge of their own attentional and memory systems so they can lead optimally productive and satisfying lives. Invaluable insights are offered with regard to organizing our homes, social world, time, decision-making, and business world. Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, and professor and vice chair, Emory University School of Medicine
  • This book is far more than tips on how to think clearly and manage information overload. It is also a tour through some of the most exciting aspects of contemporary neuroscience and cognitive science, with a specific emphasis on implications for everyday life. Anyone who has ever wondered about the mind will find much that is fascinating and useful in these pages. Stephen Kosslyn, dean, Minerva Schools of Arts and Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute; former chair, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Running a major PBS television series on tight budgets and turnarounds requires organization and efficiency and sometimes a little magic too. Levitin’s behind-the-curtain peek at the brain’s inner workings of decision-making provides that extra bit of magic—and would make a fascinating documentary in and of itself! Pamela Hogan, Emmy award-winning producer for PBS
  • This is a wonderful book. It covers so many of the insights of science, logic, and statistics that the public needs to know, yet are sadly neglected in the education that most of us receive. Edward K. Cheng, Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence and professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School
  • Hits on the most important issues around statistical literacy, and uses good examples to illustrate its points. I could not put this book down. Reading it has been a pleasure, believe me. I am so impressed with Levitin's writing style, which is clear and simple, unlike much of the murky stuff that is written by statisticians and many others. Morris Olitsky, former vice president, Market Research and Analysis, Prudential Financial; statistician, USDA
  • Insightful and entertaining—an excellent work. Gregg Gascon, Biomedical Informatics, the Ohio State University
  • Just as Strunk and White taught us how to communicate better, [Weaponized Lies] is an indispensable guide to thinking better. As Big Data becomes a dominant theme in our culture, we are all obliged to sharpen our critical thinking so as to thwart the forces of obfuscation. Levitin has done a great service here. Jasper Rine, professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development, UC Berkeley
  • Not since Huff's classic How to Lie with Statistics has a book so clearly described how numbers can be used to deceive and misdirect. Levitin shows how to critically evaluate claims that charlatans, the media, and politicians would have us believe. Stan Lazic, team leader in quantitative biology at AstraZeneca
  • Levitin belongs to a bestselling group of experts—Daniel Kahneman, Gerd Gigerenzer, David Spiegelhalter, and a few more—who want to put us right on the pitfalls of dubious statistics and the various forms of bias that skew our decisions. . . . There can hardly be a more important message at this moment in history, and until everyone gets it, all are welcome to keep pumping it out, and Levitin is perhaps primus inter pares. . . . His message is bracing . . . [and] all we have to guard against a new Dark Age. The Arts Desk
  • [An] impressively wide-ranging and thoughtful work . . . The Organized Mind is an organized book, but it also rewards dipping in at any point, for there are fascinating facts and examples throughout. The Wall Street Journal
  • “From how not to lose your keys to how to decide when the risks of surgery are worth it, Levitin focuses on smart ways to process the constant flow of information the brain must deal with. The Washington Post
  • “More than a self-help book . . . Levitin's insights into sleep, time, socializing, and decision-making are profound. The San Jose Mercury News
  • “[An] ingenious combination of neuroscience and self-help. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written. Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness
  • Combine genuine knowledge and scholarship with plain common sense and what do you get? A book that is really worth reading: Dan Levitin’s The Organized Mind. The Honorable George P. Shultz, 60th US Secretary of State
  • In the age of TMI, we all need better organized minds. With characteristically clear prose and scientific insight, Dan Levitin gives us tips on how to get our mental closets in order. I really enjoyed this book. Joseph LeDoux, Center for Neural Science, New York University
  • Dan Levitin has done it again. Having explained music and the brain, now he shows us the best, most effective ways to organize the rest of our life by giving us key insights into how the brain works. His style is so appealing, his knowledge so deep and practical, that we learn, from The Organized Mind, not only why we do what we do, but how, potentially, we can run our lives more smoothly, efficiently, and even happily. Cathy N. Davidson, director, the Futures Initiative, City University of New York
  • An entertaining, user-friendly primer on evaluating data wisely. The Washington Independent Review of Books
  • Everybody who cross-examines witnesses should read this book. Justice Patricia Rowbotham, Alberta Court of Appeal, Calgary
  • “Successful Aging is an essential book for the rest of your life.”

    Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Daniel Levitin’s field guide is a critical-thinking primer for our shrill, data-drenched age. It’s an essential tool for really understanding the texts, posts, tweets, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, op-eds, interviews, and speeches that bombard us every day. From the way averages befuddle to the logical fallacies that sneak by us, every page is enlightening. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better
  • The world is awash with data, but not always with accurate information. [Weaponized Lies] does a terrific job of illustrating the difference between the two with precision—and delightful good humor. Charles Wheelan, senior lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College, author of Naked Economics
  • [Weaponized Lies] by the neuroscientist Daniel Levitin lays out the many ways in which each of us can be fooled and misled by numbers and logic, as well as the modes of critical thinking we will need to overcome this. The Wall Street Journal
  • "Mr Levitin is the perfect guide. . . . If everyone could adopt the level of healthy statistical skepticism that Mr. Levitin would like, political debate would be in much better shape. The Economist 
  • Valuable tools for anyone willing to evaluate claims and get to the truth of the matter. Kirkus Reviews
  • An essential guide for finding what’s real amid the daily proliferation of texts, tweets, and skewed stats, with smart tips for sharpening critical-thinking skills. The San Jose Mercury News
  • This useful, entertaining, and highly readable guide is ready to arm everyday citizens with the tools to combat the spread of spurious, and often ridiculous, information. Library Journal
  • [A] book you may want to have close by at all times. Success Magazine
  • [Weaponized Lies] serves as a kind of Strunk and White for sloppy thinkers. The New York Journal of Books
  • “Entertaining and filled with helpful hints, [Waponized Lies] is a valuable tool for navigating the daily data onslaught. The San Jose Mercury News

    “Smart and humorous . . . The tools anyone needs to tell good information from bad are in this definitive guide to critical thinking.
  • Exceptional . . . practical and essential advice. Big Think
  • “A timely and relevant guide that will appeal to all age groups, giving us the motivation to keep our minds active and engaged.”

    BookPage

  • “A wise, insightful, and beautifully written book on how we can navigate the waters of time. Helpful for readers at any age.”

    Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of Stumbling on Happiness

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About the Author

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is dean of social sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and a faculty member at the Center for Executive Education in the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies.