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Nonsense - The Power of Not Knowing

Jamie Holmes

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity-and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it's a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we're continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory. Managing ambiguity-in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives-is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don't know where to begin. As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We're hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can't be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective. In other words, confusion-that uncomfortable mental place-has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way. Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories-from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka's ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs-Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions. In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn't IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know.

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity-and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it's a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we're continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory. Managing ambiguity-in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives-is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don't know where to begin. As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We're hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can't be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective. In other words, confusion-that uncomfortable mental place-has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way. Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories-from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka's ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs-Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions. In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn't IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know.
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Psychology

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An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity-and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it's a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we're continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory. Managing ambiguity-in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives-is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don't know where to begin. As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We're hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can't be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective. In other words, confusion-that uncomfortable mental place-has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way. Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories-from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka's ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs-Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions. In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn't IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 48m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:27