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NEW: Understanding Our Need For Novelty And Change ~Winifred Gallagher

An Introduction to a Significant Book about How we got here and how to change and survive.

I needed something NEW and I could feel it in every cell of my being.  I was frustrated and discouraged and falling prey to being entertained rather than doing what I needed to do.  My entertainment was taking and paying for classes both on the internet and in my neighborhood.  I could not set these chunks of information into motion to work for me (yoga is the exception) and none seemed to add to my well being or sense of accomplishment.

A NEW email from a NEW person came into my inbox.  Dan Ozzi of Penguin Group USA wanted to know if I would be interested in reviewing NEW: Understanding Our Need For Novelty and Change on Patricia’s Wisdom?

I was actually rather depressed from not having a book to review in hand, I said yes and the book came to my house 2 days later.

Gallagher  presented a great deal of NEW information, background material, and scientific studies about our historic needs, survival needs, and programmed needs for novelty and change.  Reading the book assisted me in integrating the ideas from previous books and introduced me to NEW   research and conclusions that enabled me to actually do some deep thinking on my own; lifting my spirits and energy to some NEW heights.

Having to read this book with care and note – taking was so gratifying, I re- appreciated my ability to study something and glean out the use full pieces of the information.  I could readily comprehend that so much of what I read on websites and other blogs is similar to the junk calories I can so easily consume if I am not paying attention.   I am dissatisfied when I am being randomly entertained and that old sense of worthlessness seeps into my being.  I understand when I talk about change and steps to achieving it, I am not giving my readers a dopamine rush and I persist in asking my readers to do the work.

“…all civilizations fail by turning everything into entertainment and fashion.  We need to become more explicit and conscious of deciding to make something new, instead of just doing it because it’s novel [or activates our pleasure centers]”   “…the best gauge of a gadget’s style quotient is whether it’s as useful to its owner when it’s turned off as when it’s on.”        Paul Saffo, futurist

I have been asking myself for a long time now, why am I not succeeding to my definition of success in just about all of my endeavors.   This book gave me the answer:  What I am doing is not even giving me the little rewards that one needs to keep pushing onward.  Much of the information I have been using is junk information to my values – I need to turn up the creative juices and find the dense information that I need to succeed.

I have listened to teachers over and over again say that children are addicted to their cell phones, video games and the like and that now they are noticing that these kids do not seem to know how to think or processes information.

“In the information society, nobody thinks.  We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.”   Michael Crichton

I would recommend this book to any honest and innovative educator, to any person who is interested in survival and making the world a better place, to every person who would want to refine their taste and stimulate their curiosity – for those who are looking for the nutrient dense intake of information.

This book is about using novelty, curiosity, and stimulus to activate our values, create significant and life saving change, and about learning to filter information so it truly assists our evolution.  What’s NEW ?

Some of the big names novelty seekers and  experts on this subject:  Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, Jerome Kagan, Todd Kashdan, Story Musgrave, Daniel Pink, Paul Saffo, Paul Silvia, Patricia Spacks, Marvin Zuckerman. The lists in the book are more comprehensive, these were the names that I recognized from my research.

I am truly only going to hint at what is in this book, a broad brush stroke, because I believe you need to read this book and then think about it.

I was given a copy of this book for review by Penguin Group Press, but received no remuneration for my words and recommendations here.

If you purchase anything from Amazon  or Powell’s  from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.

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New York Times review of the book

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24 Responses to “NEW: Understanding Our Need For Novelty And Change ~Winifred Gallagher”

  1. Colleen Says:

    Patricia, thank you for introducing this book. I find myself resonating with many of your thoughts and will definitely be having a closer look. Intrigued :)

    Patricia Reply:

    You are welcome – Gallagher does not give us the answers she makes one work for it – to create something new – It is chocked full of great information to assist you in understanding

  2. Nicole Schuman Says:

    Right. Actually I’m curious about this book. I think I should grab a copy now..
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    Patricia Reply:

    Nicole Schuman
    Welcome and thank your for your good words. This book did inspire me and I think you will not be disappointed in it

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    I’m with Colleen — intrigued. Thank you for sharing this book.

    Patricia Reply:

    It is a good one and I think it would help writers with their characterizations too…very interesting things found inside

  4. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! Oh gosh, another one for my summer reading list! Sounds great – inspirational too!
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    Patricia Reply:

    It was a surprise arrival Susan but well worth the read. I think you would enjoy it very much

  5. Yronelle Says:

    Hi Pat!This is really inspirational and i am really impressed too!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Wow Yronelle amazing real estate on your site and it looks NEW too… since we are nearly driven crazy to experience the NEW you should do well…

    I think you would find the book fascinating and inspiring

  6. rob white Says:

    This one is right up my alley, Patricia. Thanks for the great review. One never knows where ‘the new’ will take us, but this is where we make our most astonishing revelations. It’s during pivotal moments of decision, when one leaves the familiar for the unknown, that we realize that if it is to be, it is up to ME – We make our own meaningful epochs in life.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I was very excited about this book…and she did highlight those pivotal moments of decision – such as Charles Darwin’s overwhelm ( depicted in the fabulous movie CREATION) before he was able to write his book the Origins of the Species.

    This is my current struggle because I know it is up to me, but I am totally unable to see where I am going….I just keep taking little steps – I am afraid to leap

  7. Talon Says:

    Patricia, you’ve totally piqued my interest. I’ll be checking this book out. Thank you!

    Patricia Reply:

    I liked this book because it was well written and informative, but it also showed me that I must find something NEW to be interested in and I can choose it myself….it is rather difficult actually!
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  8. Barbara Says:

    The review did a great job gaining my interest. I am looking forward to be inspired and motivated just like you have.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you Barbara and thank you also for making a comment Welcome to PW!
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  9. Devhonn Says:

    Hello Pat! The review you have shared is really interesting not just for me but for all the people who will visit your site…Thank you!

  10. Jannie Funster Says:

    Sounds like a very different kind of book, and probably pretty eye-opening.

    Sad what the teacher said about kids being addicted to their devices. And the Crichton quote that followed. I am so glad to learn how Kelly’s favorite site lets her create things, not about playing mindless games with no other purpose than moving up to the next mindless level.

    Worthless feelings are lies we tell ourselves. We all have great worth, you a very lot of it!

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    Patricia Reply:

    It was a book I was not so sure about it, but promising to read and review it has had a great return. I can integrate more ideas about how we function and why we respond as we do. The book was very well written.
    Might not be the most wonderful book for a poet and song writer – then again?

    So wonderful to find you here :)
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  11. Rose.Ann Says:

    I love collecting and reading different kind of books, more often I want something new in my eyes… How I wish I will found this book the right one..

  12. Minard Says:

    Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful creation, I do appreciate reading this one… I am look into with additional collection…
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    patricia Reply:

    Welcome and thank you for your comment. This is an amazing book – I liked reading it and learning so much from the contents

  13. Thrixxie Says:

    I ahve never tried this Pat…I hope I can grab a copy here…Thanks for the idea…
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you Thrixxie…

    I hope you will grab a copy here too…a great book