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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date October 11, 2016
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385348393
ISBN-10 0385348398
Dimensions 0 by 5.19 by 8 in.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy
 
Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it’s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we’re continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory.
 
Managing ambiguity—in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives—is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don’t know where to begin.
 
As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We’re hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can’t be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective.
 
In other words, confusion—that uncomfortable mental place—has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way.

Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories—from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka’s ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs—Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions.
 
In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn’t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know. It’s how we deal with what we don’t understand.

Editions
This edition contains multiple works--typically stories or entire novels--that are found in different collections. Below find each work in this edition grouped by how you can find each.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385348393
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Broadway Books (October 11, 2016)
9780385348393 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $16.00
This edition also contains Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing
About: An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy   Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever.
CD/Spoken Word
Unabridged edition from Random House (October 13, 2015)
9781101889206 | details & prices | List price $40.00
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385348379
 
from Crown Pub (October 13, 2015)
9780385348379 | details & prices | 322 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $27.00
About: An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy   Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385348393
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Broadway Books (October 11, 2016)
9780385348393 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $16.00
This edition also contains Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing
About: An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy   Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever.

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