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TRYING NOT TO TRY: ANCIENT CHINA, MODERN SCIENCE, AND THE POWER OF SPONTANEITY

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Synopsis: TRYING NOT TO TRY: ANCIENT CHINA, MODERN SCIENCE, AND THE POWER OF SPONTANEITY

In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. Recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called "wu-wei." This book reveals what's happening in the brain when we're in a state of "wu-wei" and explains why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how we can live more fulfilling lives.

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ISBN 9780770437633
Weight 0.25
Publisher RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
Book Size (cm.) 13 x 20.1 x 20
Language English
Number of Pages 352

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In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. Recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called "wu-wei." This book reveals what's happening in the brain when we're in a state of "wu-wei" and explains why i view all

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SLINGERLAND, EDWARD

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I'm Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, and was educated at Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. My areas of specialty include Chinese thought, comparative religion, cognitive science, and the relationship between the sciences and the humanities. In addition to over twenty academic journal articles in a range of fields, I've written several scholarly books, including What Science Offers the Humanities and a translation of the Analects of Confucius. My first book for a popular audience, Trying Not to Try, comes out from Crown (Random House) in March 2014.

After living most of my life in the States (New Jersey, then California for 16 years), I'm now a U.S.-Canada dual citizen and live in Vancouver with my wife and daughter.

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