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Professor of Asian Studies Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition Edward Slingerland,: Trying Not to Try : Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

Trying Not to Try : Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity


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A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand and why it is so essential to our well-being Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What "is" it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire. In "Trying Not To Try, "Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called "wu-wei" (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it. With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from "wu-wei" to the Force in Star Wars, explains why "wu-wei" is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what s happening in the brain when we re in a state of "wu-wei" why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible. Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. "Trying Not To Try" is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture. "From the Hardcover edition.""

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Author: Professor of Asian Studies Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition Edward Slingerland,
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Published Date: 03 Mar 2015
Publisher: BROADWAY BOOKS
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780770437633
Download Link: Click Here
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