Monday, April 11

Gottman, Gladwell, Hofstadter, and new leaves

Over the past week, I've started reading 3 books. Two of them I got for my birthday (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) and the other, my wife got out of the library.

They are:

Now, at a glance those books don't seem to have a lot to do with one another. Hofstadter's book is a Pulitzer-prize-winning, discursive romp though the metadisciplines of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Gladwell's pamphletbook is an examination of the degree to which humans make decisions unconsciously. Gottman's book is a manual for improving your social relationships. Of course, since I've just juxtaposted them for you, chances are you're probably thinking they aren't totally dissimilar -- but I'm finding more similarities than differences.

Hofstadter: "Think about how thinking happens!"
Gladwell: "Think about how much you don't think!"
Gottman: "Think more about things you don't think about!"

I haven't gotten far enough into any of the books to determine whether the central memes are any more tightly linked than I've just pointed out, but I'll keep you all posted.

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