The World Beyond your Head

The World Beyond your Head

On Becoming An Individual in An Age of Distraction

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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 an audiobook of urgent relevance to contemporary life.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427260703
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 27 min., 16 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Fass, Robert

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Aug 13, 2016

Part social criticism and mostly an exposition and interweaving of a modern Vico-ist outlook, drawing mainly on Polanyi, MacIntyre, and Taylor. I found myself feeling that he had taken the words right out of my mouth for the entire first disc and much of the second. (Dear citizens, we must tackle attention theft: it is a serious threat to liberty; we must really give a push through our democratic institutions.) The explanations of gamboling addiction are enlightening and frightening. Clearly read and well written. Everyone in the House of Commons and in major institutions (schooling, security, media) has to read this book and apply it.


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