Everyday Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

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“Well-written and fascinating . . . this is the kind of book you want everyone to read.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Curiosity, awareness, attention,” Laurence Gonzales writes. “Those are the tools of our everyday survival. . . . We all must be scientists at heart or be victims of forces that we don’t understand.” In this fascinating account, Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the blessings of evolution to overcome the hazards of everyday life.



Everyday Survival will teach you to make the right choices for our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world—whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder.
 

About Laurence Gonzales

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Laurence Gonzales is the author of the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Yes, we’re apes with killing technology, given to “killing our own children by sending them to war at this glorious stage of our evolution,” but that doesn’t have much to do with the point at hand, since we’re not confusing that act with sending the kids off to college or summer camp.

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"Those are the tools of our everyday survival...we all must be scientists at heart or be victims of forces that we don't understand." Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the ...

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Chicago Tribune

What should have been a single chapter about human origins to support the purported subject of the book - "how we can best use the lessons of our evolutionary history to overcome the hazards of everyday life" (quoted from the back cover) - spiraled out of control into 200 pages of scientific ...

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Charleston City Paper

The slow progression of tiny changes in a system over time (lulling us into a false sense of stability and security), followed by an ominous tilt upwards at a critical point (that may or may not shake some of us from our daydream), and then, all at once, changes in the once familiar system start ...

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