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

Author: Crawford, Matthew B.

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux


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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction : 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. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent book and may have noticeable dents, scratches and various other cosmetic issues as well as torn or missing dust jacket. These items are only guaranteed to be structurally complete and readable and therefore are sold as is.

Category   Subject
Psychology   Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy   General
History & Geography   Social History

ISBN 13:9780374292980
ISBN 10:0374292981
Size:9.41" l x 6.24" w x 1.19" h
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