Tom Stafford We tell you how to have lucid dreams. These are dreams in which you know you are dreaming, and can take control of the reality of your dreams. Nights of adventure, problem solving, exploration and indulgence can all be yours on the wild frontier of your own consciousness.
Tom Stafford & Matt Webb The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious.Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen.Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain. Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works. Each hack examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, we pick up clues about the architecture and design of the brain, learning a little bit more about how the brain is put together.Mind Hacks begins your exploration of the mind with a look inside the brain itself, using hacks such as "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain" and "Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes." Also among the 100 hacks in this book, you'll find: Release Eye Fixations for Faster ReactionsSee Movement When All is StillFeel the Presence and Loss of AttentionDetect Sounds on the Margins of CertaintyMold Your Body SchemaTest Your HandednessSee a Person in Moving LightsMake Events Understandable as Cause-and-EffectBoost Memory by Using ContextUnderstand Detail and the Limits of AttentionSteven Johnson, author of "Mind Wide Open" writes in his foreword to the book, "These hacks amaze because they reveal the brain's hidden logic; they shed light on the cheats and shortcuts and latent assumptions our brains make about the world." If you want to know more about what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key--let yourself play with the interface between you and the world.
Al Worden, Francis French, Dick Gordon & Tom Stafford As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire earth and moon simply by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive career as an astronaut, including important work on the pioneering Apollo 9 and Apollo 12 missions, as well as the perilous flight of Apollo 13.
Nine months after his return from the moon, Worden received a phone call telling him he was fired and ordering him out of his office by the end of the week. He refused to leave.
What happened in those nine months, from being honored with parades and meetings with world leaders to being unceremoniously fired, has been a source of much speculation for four decades. Worden has never before told the full story around the dramatic events that shook NASA and ended his spaceflight career. Readers will learn them here for the first time, along with the exhilarating account of what it is like to journey to the moon and back. It's an unprecedentedly candid account of what it was like to be an Apollo astronaut, with all its glory but also its pitfalls.
Tom Stafford Are we irrational creatures, swayed by emotion and entrenched biases? Modern psychology and neuroscience are often reported as showing that we can't overcome our prejudices and selfish motivations. Challenging this view, cognitive scientist Tom Stafford looks at the actual evidence. Re-analysing classic experiments on persuasion, as well as summarising more recent research into how arguments change minds, he shows why persuasion by reason alone can be a powerful force.
This is a collection of previously published essays, revised and expanded by the author, and accompanied by a previously unpublished introduction and annotated bibliography to guide further reading on the topic.
Tom Stafford is Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Sheffield.
Tom Stafford We instinctively tell stories about our experiences, and get lost in stories told by other people. This is an essay about our story-telling minds. It is about the psychological power of stories, and about what the ability to enjoy stories tells us about the fundamental nature of mind.
An essay by Tom Stafford
«I discuss psychological research into how we understand, how we make choices and moral reasoning. This research, I argue, is incomplete or misleading if we don’t recognise that moral choices require an extra step, not just of making the correct choices based on a description of the world, but of also realising that there are many possible ways to describe the world».
Tom Stafford «Precisamos descrever o mundo para que ele faça sentido. Isso significa que essas descrições tornam-se símbolos poderosos. Economicamente, nossas mentes decidem que não podem questionar tudo, que estamos predispostos a acreditar no que nos é dito. Então, nos sonhos, nosso eu atento, chega com a realidade impossível que nossa mente inconsciente inventa para nós, ou nos perdemos em histórias que, mesmo sendo realistas, nada tem a ver com nossa vida real no sentido mais básico. E naquela vida diária real, existe uma abundância de descrições de mundo, ou histórias, que competem por nossa atenção, para serem contadas através de nós. Essas histórias não apenas afetam a forma como vemos o mundo, mas o que vemos do mundo, que perguntas fazemos. Elas fornecem as circunstâncias não apenas das decisões que tomamos, mas das opções que consideramos».
Tom Stafford Qual è il nostro rapporto con le storie? Come ce le raccontano e come le viviamo? Come ce le raccontiamo noi stessi?
E quanto conta «la “storia” che ci raccontano o ci raccontiamo» nel definire le scelte che facciamo e nel guidare le decisioni che prendiamo?
«È necessario descrivere il mondo per dargli un senso. Queste descrizioni diventano quindi simboli potenti»
In un saggio bello e appassionante, che spazia dalla letteratura agli esperimenti scientifici, Tom Stafford ci aiuta a comprendere il nostro rapporto con le narrazioni. Quelle degli altri e quelle che ci costruiamo da soli per descrivere la nostra vita.