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

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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.

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New York Times review of the book

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