Current List of Course Materials--Foundational
The following are carefully selected background texts
for the GBT program. They form and excellent basis
for life-long brain training. [Bear in mind that
"reading to learn" is one of the best ways to train
your brain. There is good reason why learning to
read is an important skill. It is not supposed to
stop after you finish school.]
Many of books on the list below are classics. More people are reading them than most recently published books. The reason that they are classics, and you are supposed to study them and learn from them, is because they have something to say that is important in everybody's lives.
The books by Hayakawa, Langer, Watzlawick, Weinberg. Barabasi and Powers are not just classics. They are foundational for entire fields of knowledge!
Amazon reviews for Language in Thought and Action
average 4.5 out of 5. Here is a May,2016 review,
"This is considered the best book on the subject..."
Ellen Langer's book on Mindfulness received the following recent (June, 2016) recommendation, "Excellent! Lifts your mind to reveal another, amazing dimension of thought."
Anyone interested if having a good brain that communicates well has to be acquainted with Watzlawick's Pragmatics of Human communication. Read the Amazon reviews! Some quick samples: "One of the best books on communication ever written"; "If understood deeply, this could save you a lot of grief"; and, "Do not miss it."
Weinberg's book has the following reviewer's comment that captures the gist of it, "A framework for thinking."
Regarding Barabasi's work, a reviewer had this to say, "This book describes the emergence of an important new area of science, and it's written by Alberto-Laszlo Barabasi, one of the pioneers and leaders in the field." Network science is not just another field in science. It is affecting many if not all other sciences!
Not many people know about Powers' work, but will likely change. Perceptual Control Theory may well become the dominant theory of human behavior, as this Amazon reviewer states, "This book should start a revolution in our understanding of behavior, in the strict sense of the term."
For now this is a starting list. We will be adding to the list as the program progresses.
- Hayakawa, S. I., Language in Thought and Action, 1990.
- Langer, Ellen J., Mindfulness, 25th anniversary edition, 2014.
- Langer, Ellen J., The Power of Mindful Learning, 1997.
- Stout Martha , The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness, 2001.
- Stout Martha , The Sociopath Next Door, 2005.
- Christakis, Nicholas A. and James H. Fowler, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks, 2009.
- Watzlawick, Paul, Pragmatics of Human Communication, 1967.
- Flew, Anthoney, How to Think Straight. 1998.
- Weinberg, Gerald M., An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, Silver Anniversary Edition, 2001.
- Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo, Linked: The New Science of Networks, 2002.
- Powers, William, Behavior, The Control of Perception, 1973.
- Powers, William, Making Sense of Behavior: The Meaning of Control, 1998.
- Mulder Namaste, Jim, Your Deep Personality, Second Edition, 2016. (Available, December, 2016.)
- Smith, Steven W., Inner Light Theory of Consciousness, 2001.
For each of the texts there is a forum thread that has been set up on the public Great Brain Training VRCities forum board.