A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind.
We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self.
Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature.
The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.
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"Robert Fass provides an intelligent and considered reading of this complex exploration of attention and focus in contemporary life. However, despite his skill, the work is ultimately so dense and explores so many ideas that the listener may have a difficult time following the main thread. Overall, this book sometimes sounds like a philosophical treatise. Fass's voice is easy to listen to, but keeping up with Crawford's writing style in the audio format, ironically, may drive the listener to distraction--or at least to replay sections in order to better absorb the material. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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