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The World Beyond Your Head - On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction-logo

The World Beyond Your Head - On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

Matthew B. Crawford

A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.

A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.
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A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Fass

Length:

9h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:47