Monday, June 18, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson
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“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —The New Yorker

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港起飛

鄭楚衡, 達仁, 盧韋斯
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這是一個追逐夢想的故事,一個實踐夢想的記錄。

首架在香港自行組裝、註冊及認證,並於2016年完成環球飛行的小型飛機「香港起飛」B-KOO,從無到有,歷時八載,一切都由鄭楚衡的兒時夢想開始。

本書圍繞「香港起飛」兩位核心人物︰機師鄭楚衡及工程師達仁,由他們親述從夢想萌芽到完成環球之旅的漫長過程,當中經歷不少考驗和障礙,但都一一闖過,成就一段動人的勵志故事。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 11, 2018

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Steven Pinker
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates

If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. 

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

40個教育提案 : 把快樂帶回給香港學生

Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan (陳美齡)
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本書的40個教育提案涵蓋學前教育、幼稚園、小學、中學、大專、老師及其他方面。前言探討思考教育的本質,從香港的教育歷史出發,指出殖民地時期教育理念的缺失,從而提出今天教育的精神,不再是留強汰弱,而是如何適應21世紀對人才的要求,如何提供更多的選擇,以如何發揮每個人的價值。因為有信念,亦有不同教育體系的經驗,因此令作者提出的40個教育改革,顯得一氣呵成,而非支離破碎。

Hong Kong education and its issues have captured significant attention in recent years. Notable examples include the education reform, national education curriculum, liberal studies, STEM, Chinese history and cultures, TSA, and extra HK$5 billion for education. While we believe that every policy is initiated by a sound vision, the education policies have created immense pressure and discontent on students, teachers, and parents. What are the root causes - problems with execution? Insufficient support? Lack of resources? Something's wrong with our philosophy of education? In this book, Dr. Agnes Chan will give you 40 proposals to bring happiness back to education students.

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

Andrea Wulf
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

NATIONAL BEST SELLER

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


The Cabinets of Curiosities. From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature. Collections from France and Hong Kong” exhibition introduces Hong Kong audiences to over 250 natural and artificial artefacts from 10 museums, galleries and private collections. The displays reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. Organised by City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Le French May Arts Festival, the exhibition is being held from 25 May to 19 August at CityU Exhibition Gallery (Gallery). READ MORE

香港人的政治心態

劉兆佳
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本書分析香港市民對政治領袖的態度,並分析了市民對領袖的低度信任、對政治低度參與的原因。劉兆佳指出,自由放任的資本主義體制導致政府在調節與再分配社會資源方面的低效率,加深了香港市民對政府的不信任,政府權威被削弱。政治犬儒心態和疏離感上升,不止是社會經濟情況惡化的結果,也反映了港人對特區政府的不滿。找出並解決政治不認同的徵結,調節香港社會政治心態,培養以大局為重、具備包容情操、目光遠大且有處理公共事務能力的本地政治領袖,提高市民對政府的信任度及政治參與度,均有利解決香港的管治難題。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, May 28, 2018

American Pastoral

Philip Roth
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Philip Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) was an American novelist. American Pastoral is one of Philip Roth's masterpieces. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

American Pastoral is an elegy for the American century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.

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立體書不可思議

楊清貴
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立體書(pop-up book)最早誕生於13世紀的英國。最初,立體書是提供成人使用的資訊處理工具,在中世紀的歐洲則被應用在天文、醫學等專業領域,直到18世紀中期,專供兒童閱讀的立體童書才逐漸面市。

立體書既是書,也是精妙的紙藝品,本書作者楊清貴集結22年來的珍藏及研究,以專業收藏家的淵博知識,引領讀者穿越立體書近八百年的時空。除了古今各類立體書經典一次盡收眼底,立體書的形式和技術演進歷程也有精闢的解說,為讀者打開另一番奇妙的藝術視野。

全書囊括:
★80本珍貴古董立體書、323幅精美藏品照片
★31款立體書形式、24種紙藝技術解析
★橫跨近800年的立體書深度歷史專論
★你不能不知道的32位立體書演進史重要人物
★42個精選線上典藏立體書QR code

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, May 21, 2018

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” ―Melinda Gates

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

人生問題的有益答案 : 偉大思想家如何解決你的煩惱 (Great Thinkers)

The School of Life; 艾倫‧狄波頓 (Alain de Botton) 主編
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艾倫‧狄波頓請客!與偉大思想家喝下午茶,
你的煩惱和問題,他們都有答案…


那些日常生活的難題和煩惱,思想家都有答案!
他們的見解一針見血,撫慰人心,甚至饒富趣味,
能幫助我們預做準備,面對困難時,更勇敢恣意。

跟柏拉圖一起了解自己、與歌德旅行、與馬基維利談領導…
跟珍‧奧斯汀諮商愛情、看維梅爾欣賞日常、跟著松尾芭蕉從禁錮中逃離…


古往今來,哪些思想最有助於克服當前重大問題?解決生活的棘手難題?

由英倫才子艾倫‧狄波頓主編的《人生問題的有益答案》,為我們尋找切乎此時此刻的實用哲思,從哲學、政治理論、社會學、精神分析、藝術、建築,以及文學等領域,選出今日最能啟發我們的偉大思想,並且應用在生活中。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, May 14, 2018

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

Martin Puchner
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The story of literature in sixteen acts—from Homer to Harry Potter, including The Tale of Genji, Don Quixote, The Communist Manifesto, and how they shaped world history

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Through sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature, he reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs.

We meet Murasaki, a lady from eleventh-century Japan who wrote the first novel, The Tale of Genji, and follow the adventures of Miguel de Cervantes as he battles pirates, both seafaring and literary. We watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. Puchner takes us to Troy, Pergamum, and China, speaks with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. This delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself—that have shaped people, commerce, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

過於喧囂的孤獨 (Too Loud a Solitude)

赫拉.巴爾 (Hrabal, Bohumil)
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一九五四到一九五八年之間,赫拉巴爾曾於布拉格一處廢紙回收站當了四年打包工。據他自己說,他到這裏工作之後不久,便產生了要寫這麼一篇小說的想法,這個想法在他腦海裏醞釀了二十年之久。廢紙收購站的四年生活給他的感受如此之深,使他一直沒有放棄這個題材,而是不斷地對它加以補充,進行反覆的深刻思考。 故事主角是在廢紙收購站工作了三十五年的打包工漢嘉,他把珍貴的書從廢紙堆中挑出來,藏在家裡、藏在腦裡,他狂飲啤酒、啃噬著書本裡的思想和詞句,他從一無所知的青年變成滿腹詩書的老人,韓波的詩文、老子的《道德經》、萊布尼茨的情史,是他信手拈來的記憶,康德的話語是他感傷喃喃的聲音。

這是一個愛情故事——老打包工漢嘉和他經歷過的情人,他的工作,他的時代,還有他當作廢紙打包的書,以及他的生命。

他打開他珍愛的書籍,翻到最動人的一段,放在層層疊疊的廢紙中間,打成一個包,外頭再裹上一幅複製的名畫。儘管擺放壓力機的地下室蒼蠅成群、老鼠橫行,這潮濕惡臭的地窖卻在他的遊戲裡,在他的微笑裡成為天堂。

一九七二年,赫拉巴爾開始寫作,他曾三易其稿:先是詩、次是散文、完成則為一部憂傷的敘事曲。第一稿作者自稱是「一部阿波里奈爾式的詩稿」,因為他「把整個故事看成僅僅是抒情詩了」;第二稿改為散文,用的是布拉格口語,但他覺得缺乏嘲諷味兒,即我們在文中感受的黑色幽默。他認為主人公,一個通過閱讀廢紙回收站的舊書而無意中成為的文化人,用口語作獨白不很合適,於是又改用作者所說的「一絲不苟的嚴謹語言,捷克書面語」寫出了第三稿。這一稿讀來猶如一部憂傷的敘事曲,他滿意地說:「直到現在這個故事才是動人的。」到了一九七六年,本書終於完稿,但當時無法問世,只得放在抽屜裏。直到一九八九年底才由捷克斯洛伐克作家出版社正式出版。

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker
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A New York Times bestseller

The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

決斷的演算 : 預測、分析與好決定的11堂邏輯課 (Algorithms to Live By)

布萊恩‧克里斯汀 (Brian Christian), 湯姆‧葛瑞菲斯 (Tom Griffiths)
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訪問近五十年來最知名演算法的設計者,
了解工程師如何教電腦發揮最大效用,並將所學用於生活。
讀者大推:「真是過癮!」

在《人工智慧來了》這本書中,作者提出「主動向機器學習」是這時代最核心、最有效的學習方法之一,在《決斷的演算》裡,各具心理學與電腦科學背景的兩位作者則揭櫫:為何跟電腦學決策你不僅不會變成理性魔人,反而會更加明智且善體人意。

▎說到演算法,你想到的是政府和大企業如何利用數學模型算計你?
其實,演算法的本質是「解決問題的一連串步驟」,它的發展遠遠早於電腦,不只長期為各研究領域與產業實務帶來重大變革,更能幫助個人跳脫盲點與錯誤直覺,明快地解決問題。

▎說到機器學習,你以為考慮因素越多越好、比較複雜的模型較佳?
其實,當今電腦運算時並非套用死板的演繹邏輯,點滴不漏地羅列所有選擇,琢磨出正確答案。它們會捨棄不必要的資料,偏向選擇較簡單的解答,權衡誤差或延遲的代價,接著冒險一試。

▎說到電腦,你認為它冰冷且毫無彈性,思考方式跟人腦南轅北轍?
事實上,我們面臨的許多挑戰,跟電腦科學家一樣都源於:要運用有限的空間、時間和注意力,因應未知事物和不完整的資訊,因此電腦解決問題的方式,能在極大程度上與人們的作法融合。

《決斷的演算》各章以常見的日常問題開場,從釐清它們的演算結構著手,以問題所屬類型為骨架(副章名),紮實的電腦科學發展史為血肉(章名),探討一代代的研究者為這類問題找出什麼解決方案,這些收穫顛覆了我們對於「合理」的看法,不僅幫助其他領域獲得新進展,也為個人生活帶來實用啟示,像是:

❖自動駕駛汽車能改善交通阻塞,打造交通天堂?你可能要失望了。現在自私駕駛人各行其是的情形其實已接近最佳狀態。(演算法賽局理論,自主行為代價)
❖證明「所有雙人賽局至少有一個均衡狀態」的奈許均衡,讓約翰.奈許拿下了諾貝爾經濟獎,但它的地位可能言過其實。為什麼?(賽局理論)
❖你打算在十八歲到四十歲期間覓得人生伴侶,那麼幾歲時選定的對象可能最好?答案是二十六歲。(最佳停止點,37%法則)

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen
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In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you're not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Based on the premise that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to handle tasks in a relaxed manner, the author offers strategies for self-management that minimize stress and enhance one's focus and efficiency.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

精準學習 : 「羅輯思維」最受歡迎的個人知識管理精進指南

成甲
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讀了這本書,你所學的將能真正發揮功效!
讓「中國最受歡迎說書人」引導你
把碎片知識化為可以不斷擴充、能實際應用的知識體系!  

知識並不平等,
有些知識比其他知識的威力更大。
所以,你需要「精準學習」!

在海量資訊時代,我們不僅要持續學習,
還必須掌握少數能帶來關鍵影響的「臨界知識」和學習方法,
才能變知識為資產,讓學習成為真正的財富積累!

為什麼讀了這麼多書,可是依然感覺自己學識有限?
因為,大多數人都掉進「低等勤奮」的陷阱。
  • 買了很多書,下載了幾十G的電子書、音頻節目,但從沒真正打開來讀過?
  • 看了N多書、上了N多課,但回過頭來,卻發現似乎什麼也沒記住?
  • 越學越覺得要學的東西太多,不知從何入手,感到焦慮?
  • 學習很努力,但是進步卻很慢,沒找到「開竅」關鍵?
在成長的路上,你需要一本改變學習思維和方法的書!

成甲說,只有掌握高效的學習方法,才能在有限時間裡把自己的知識水準比別人多往前推進一釐米。知識無窮盡,而我們的智慧有限。在本書中,他將告訴你如何不花多餘力氣,精準而有效的學習。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

by Michael Wolff
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:
-- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
-- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
-- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
-- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
-- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
-- What the secret to communicating with Trump is
-- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

文學是一場寧靜的奮鬥 : 香港未有文學館

香港文學生活館
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文藝寧靜,人們奮鬥
過去幾年,文學在香港,社群支持度大大增加。香港文學館的倡議運動,在其中扮演了重要的角色,凝聚社群,引起了頗大的聲勢。運動自2009 年6 月起始,迄本書編纂的2015 年6 月為止,恰好走過了六個年頭。本書想為大家說的是這樣一個故事:「空中樓閣,在地文學」。

文學界十年來最具公共性、影響最廣的議題
本書是一份留給歷史的思考與紀錄。香港文學館的倡議運動,歷年來引發文化界多人參與討論,是文學界十年來最矚目、最具公共性、影響最廣的議題,甚至連特首選戰也要回應。本書之出版,將在社會上再掀波濤。

收錄許多著名作家文章
本書勾勒了文學館的爭議主線,紀錄正反雙方的論點,為討論歷史作索引,紀錄了許多大膽而具創造力的心靈活動。在這場大批文人參與的討論中,許多著名作家包括董啟章、崑南、葉輝、何慶基、李照興、陳智德、羅維明、張堅庭、朗天、廖偉棠和鄧小樺等的文章也收錄在內。

見證一段不卑不亢的歷史
當周圍其它城巿陸續建起了自己的文學館,在香港,文學,始終是,一場寧靜的奮鬥。本書陳述香港文學館的願景,讓後來的青年,能夠通過此書,認知到文學界一場寧靜的奮鬥,能夠想像我們可以有一個文學的未來,持續壯大推動香港文學館的隊伍。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Principles

Ray Dalio
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” —The New York Times

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio—who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood—that he believes are the reason behind his success.

In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.

Here, from a man who has been called both “the Steve Jobs of investing” and “the philosopher king of the financial universe” (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

生涯探索與規劃 : 我的生涯手册 (Career Exploration and Planning: My Career Manual)

吳芝儀 著
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由於工作佔據人類生活的絕大部分,我們不可避免地透過工作來掌握生活。也透過工作上的表現來尋求個人的意義和價值,並在工作中致力於達成自我的實現。工作的選擇和發展及成為生涯歷程中至關重要的議題……

本書涵蓋了自我探索、工作世界探索、家庭期待探索與溝通、生涯選擇與決定、生涯願景與規劃生涯準備與行動等個人生涯發展息息相關的重要議題。旨在藉由循序漸進的個別或團體活動,以輔助青少年或大專學生的自我學習;並可適用於生涯輔導課程、生涯探索團體、或生涯規劃工作坊中,作為輔助學生進行生涯探索與規劃之學習教材。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, April 9, 2018

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Mel Robbins
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National Bestseller!
How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in 5 seconds.


Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.” Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.

It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.

In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
  • Become confident
  • Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
  • Beat fear and uncertainty
  • Stop worrying and feel happier
  • Share your ideas with courage
The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face—we hold ourselves back.

The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

區塊鏈革命 : 比特幣技術如何影響貨幣、商業和世界運作 (Blockchain Revolution)

唐.泰普史考特 (Don Tapscott) , 亞力士.泰普史考特 (Alex Tapscott)
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未來十年全球最值得關注的科技趨勢
改變世界與經濟舊有秩序的新力量──區塊鏈

如果……
• 你是躍躍欲試的創業家,想要找到新平台大展身手。
• 你熱愛音樂,希望創作者不被層層剝削,確實靠自己的作品謀生。
• 你關心食安,想知道超市商品的真正來源。
• 你有定期投資的習慣,但微薄的投資利潤,總是被交易手續費吃掉。
• 你是Airbnb的房客,除了租金,還得多付6%~12%的服務費。

有沒有一項技術,可以解決像這樣機會不均、過程不透明、中介機構過多的類似問題,帶給人們更便利的生活,實現更公平的財富分配與社會正義?全球50大管理思想家唐.泰普史考特說:「有,那就是區塊鏈。」

「區塊鏈是資訊科學史上最具決定性的關鍵發明之一,閱讀本書,將可以讓你了解它影響力深遠的運用方式。」──馬克.安德森(Marc Andreessen),網景共同創辦人

「泰普史考特父子的這本書,揭露了如何在下一波科技推動的巨變中求生與發展,很有機會成為我們這個世代最具代表性的作品之一。」──克雷頓.克里斯汀生(Clayton Christensen),《創新的兩難》作者

「只要是思慮周密的人,都試圖了解這項革命性的科技,以及它對於世界的影響,而泰普史考特父子卻已經站上時代的浪頭,為我們帶來這期盼已久的一部作品。」──丹.舒爾曼(Dan Schulman),PayPal執行長

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, April 2, 2018

Bit by Bit : Social Research in the Digital Age

Matthew J. Salganik
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An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age

In just the past several years, we have witnessed the birth and rapid spread of social media, mobile phones, and numerous other digital marvels. In addition to changing how we live, these tools enable us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods―a landmark book that will fundamentally change how the next generation of social scientists and data scientists explores the world around us.

Bit by Bit is the essential guide to mastering the key principles of doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age. In this comprehensive yet accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming how social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. He provides a wealth of real-world examples throughout and also lays out a principles-based approach to handling ethical challenges.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

你該殺死那個胖子嗎? 為了多數人幸福而犧牲少數人權益是對的嗎? 我們今日該如何看待道德哲學的經典難題 (Would You Kill the Fat Man?)

大衛‧愛德蒙茲 (David Edmonds)
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榮獲美國專業與學術傑出哲學出版獎(The PROSE awards)

道德哲學是在我們的日常生活中最常遇見的哲學。小至欺騙撒謊、大至殺人放火,我們不斷用心中那把尺檢視自己與他人,但那把尺卻不會始終如一,甚至有時還會自我矛盾,這把尺究竟該長什麼樣子,正是道德哲學家苦心孤詣想找出來的。

大衛‧愛德蒙茲在本書中從一個倫理學中著名的思想實驗「電車難題」出發,不僅用饒富趣味的生動文字討論電車難題的源流以及種種變形,更介紹近十年來社會學、心理學、神經科學等對電車困境的熱情與解釋。因為這個看似極端的「一或五」情境,背後代表了生活中大大小小的道德選擇,愛德蒙茲用各種精彩的真實案例來挑戰我們的道德直覺,更試圖在許多哲學家絞盡腦汁想出的電車場景中,讓我們不禁反思這個大哉問:道德到底是什麼?我到底該怎麼做才是對的?

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 26, 2018

Travelling to Infinity : My Life with Stephen

Jane Hawking
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Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and author of the scientific bestseller "A Brief History of Time", which sold over 25 million copies across the world and will be adapted as a children's book in the Autumn of next year. In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. The inner-strength of the author, and the self-evident character and achievements of her husband, make for an incredible tale that is always presented with unflinching honesty; the author's candour is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses, while Jane goes on to marry an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the faultlines exposed in a relationship by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

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時間簡史 : 從大爆炸到黑洞 (A Brief History of Time)

是設計,讓城市更快樂 : 找回以「人」為本的大街小巷,創造人與人的互動連結 (Happy City)

查爾斯‧蒙哥馬利 (Charles Montgomery)
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★ 蟬連亞馬遜都市發展∕都市經濟∕城市規劃排行榜

為何生活在都會裡心情會這麼煩躁?人口太稠密?錯!路邊的攤販太多?錯!因為現代城市的設計就不是要讓你過得好!

以下這些人應該要出來負責:
‧讓車子時速能超過40公里的車商
‧主張「車子最大」的道路規劃
‧建築蓋得超密,害陽光無法照到街道上的建商
‧硬把都市蓋成棋盤狀,結果沒留任何綠地給市民的政府
‧以為要「空間」就得搬去郊區的都市規劃師
‧因為財務危機,就把公車班次減少的公車處
‧把商場蓋在市郊,害你得浪費油開車大老遠去購物的零售商

這些設計讓我們以為生活要過得好,就得遠離都市、搬去郊區:於是我們的道路越蓋越筆直(撞死的行人也越來越多)、住宅區離市中心越來越遠(想購物?要上班?先開一小時車再說)、「路」變成車子走的而非人走的(去哪裡都得開車,所以我們越來越胖)、土地都蓋高樓大廈不見綠地(想去公園玩耍?對不起,你得開車去那個超遠的森林公園)、與鄰居完全沒有互動,不認識彼此。

長期投入城市規劃的得獎記者查爾斯‧蒙哥馬利,透過大量的追蹤訪談,結合環境心理學、行為經濟學等,將影響人快樂/不快樂的元素融合為一個個小故事以及妙味橫生的心理學研究,抽絲剝繭現代都市規劃的利弊,以及我們該如何追求更舒適的居所。他以巴黎、波哥大、紐約、溫哥華等地為例,指出快樂城市應該有充足的人口、完善的大眾運輸、車流量越低越好、道路以步行為主,而每個路口都要一片綠地,並有充足空間讓市民彼此交流。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 19, 2018

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Max Tegmark
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New York Times Best Seller

How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

大數據 : 「數位革命」之後, 「資料革命」登場 : 巨量資料掀起生活、工作和思考方式的全面革新 (Big Data)

麥爾荀伯格 (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger) 、庫基耶 (Kenneth Cukier)
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汽車烤漆的顏色能告訴你,這輛二手車的故障率高低嗎?
市政府要怎樣清查,才能迅速找出有致命危險的人孔蓋?
從谷歌的搜尋字眼,怎麼預測流感疫情的蔓延?

要回答這些問題,關鍵就在於巨量資料(俗稱大數據)。
「巨量資料分析」是一門新興科技,能夠解讀和預測無數的現象,
包括預測機票的價格、好萊塢新片的票房、你家裡的青少年是否未婚懷孕!
也能協助診斷早產兒的健康情況,探查收入高低與幸福快樂的相關程度,
幫忙規劃快遞的送貨路線、電動車的充電站應該設置在哪裡,
還能用來發展自動導航的無人駕駛汽車、
以及「從駕駛人的臀部形態判斷是否為車主」的防盜系統,
也能夠快速進行多種語文的互譯……

兩位最頂尖的大數據專家,真正掌握到巨量資料思維的精髓,
在這本書裡,清晰曉暢的解釋了巨量資料是什麼,
它將如何改變我們的生活,對經濟、社會和科學會帶來什麼影響,
我們又能夠做些什麼,趕搭上這波新潮流,
同時也懂得保護自己,避免個人資料和隱私受到侵害。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
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#1 New York Times Best Seller
Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead...

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香港音樂的前世今生 : 香港早期音樂發展歷程 (1930s-1950s)

周光蓁
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「將來我們這批人不在時,你要問也問不了。這些歷史是不可以沒有的,不可以沒有的。」
這是著名女高音費明儀臨終前的寄語。

本書正是費女士等十位香港音樂界和政界名人,通過口述訪談,娓娓道出他們在二戰前後鮮為人知與音樂結緣的經過。從Uncle Ray郭利民、林樂培、沈鑒治、費明儀、盧景文、何承天、東尼·卡比奧、蕭炯柱、黎小田、羅乃新的珍貴憶述,勾畫出香港音樂的前世與今生。

那是沒有大會堂的日子。他們音樂人生的起步,從1930到1950年代,見證香港從經濟大蕭條,到日佔後重建,慢步走出南隅、邁向國際。

十個口述個案,帶出很多值得我們思考的課題:一個人的音樂成就,是先天還是後天所決定?學習音樂是手段還是目的?成功是否贏在起跑線?音樂與功課是互補還是相剋?

再又:所謂中西音樂文化匯集於香江的具體表現是甚麼?政府與民間的音樂有何互動?音樂和音樂人在戰爭大時代有怎樣的經歷?業餘時期的香港音樂文化是怎樣的?香港是個文化沙漠嗎?

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking

by Jennifer Riel,‎ Roger L. Martin
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Move Beyond Trade-Off Thinking

When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn't good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of us don't get us what we need? In those cases, rather than choosing the least worst option, we can use the models in front of us to create a new and superior answer. This is integrative thinking.

First introduced by world-renowned strategic thinker Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind, integrative thinking is an approach to problem solving that uses opposing ideas as the basis for innovation. Now, in Creating Great Choices, Martin and his longtime thinking partner Jennifer Riel vividly illustrate how integrative thinking works, and how to do it.

The book includes fresh stories of successful integrative thinkers that will demystify the process of creative problem solving, as well as practical tools and exercises to help readers engage with the ideas. And it lays out the authors' four-step methodology for creating great choices, which can be applied in virtually any context. The result is a replicable, thoughtful approach to finding a "third and better way" to make important choices in the face of unacceptable trade‐offs.

Insightful and instructive, Creating Great Choices blends storytelling, theory, and hands-on advice to help any leader or manager facing a tough choice.

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打開狄波諾的思考工具箱:從「水平思考」到「六頂思考帽」,有效收割點子的發想技巧 (Serious Creativity)

愛德華.狄波諾 (Edward de Bono)
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「水平思考」、「6頂思考帽」創意大師
愛德華.狄波諾Edward de Bono
最完整的水平思考工具與應用大全—
 教你不用靈感也能創新!

創造力是可以學習的。
我們不必成為天才,或仰賴無可捉摸的靈感,只要用對方法!

愛德華.狄波諾是當代最重要的思考大師,在思考訓練的推動上不遺餘力。
我們總認為創意是專屬於某些領域的事,總習慣遇到問題才來想辦法解決;
但狄波諾告訴我們:
每個人都可以養成創意思考的態度,在沒問題中找問題,在一切順利時進行改善。
只要掌握好方法,你就可以在邏輯和分析思考之外,另闢一條創意思考的思路。

本書囊括水平思考法最重要的工具與技巧,
幫助你掌握「六頂思考帽」、「隨機輸入法」、「概念扇」等思考工具,以及在組織中的應用方法。
從發想到收割創意,讓你和你的團隊展現真正有效率和效益的創造力!

六頂思考帽──戴上不同顏色的帽子,一次只用一種角度看事情,得以避免爭辯,更有效地討論問題!
創造性暫停──打斷例行思考的流暢運轉,才能注意到被疏忽的事物!
聚焦──聚焦在一些沒有人願意思考的問題上,即使是小創意,也能產生驚人成果!
質疑──拒絕接受現行做法必然是最佳做法,繼續尋找可行的替代方案!
刺激──藉由設定腳踏石,扭轉現行的方式思考,找出真正的新做法!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, February 26, 2018

Swimming in Hong Kong

Stephanie Han
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Stephanie Han’s award-winning stories cross the borders and boundaries of Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States. This is an intimate look at those who dare to explore the geography of hope and love, struggle with dreams of longing and home, and wander in the myths of memory and desire.

Stephanie Han’s Swimming in Hong Kong was the finalist for the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction as well as the Spokane Prize. She is City University of Hong Kong’s first English literature PhD.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

思考的藝術:52 個非受迫性思考錯誤 (The Art of Thinking Clearly)

魯爾夫.杜伯里 (Rolf Dobelli)
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我們經常會「直覺地、無意識地」做出決定,事後再補上一些看似合理的選擇理由。如果拿律師跟科學家來比喻,我們的思考模式比較傾向律師,因為律師都很會先射箭再畫靶。

我們很容易掉入思考的陷阱裡,產生偏差、謬誤、幻覺、錯誤……

杜伯里帶著放大鏡,幫助我們一一檢視這些常見的思考陷阱,並告訴我們為何該藐視權威、別跟模特兒做好朋友、別以實報實銷的方式付錢給律師、別參加什麼拍賣會或競標案、別說你在婚姻裡付出比較多……

作者以清晰易讀的語調,逐篇舉出52個人人易犯的思考錯誤,並佐以生活趣事、名人軼事、歷史、愛情關係、投資理財、實驗研究等內容,具體說明錯誤何在、何以會犯。此外,針對各項錯誤,作者一一提出解決之道,讓讀者不易掉入思考陷阱之中。同時,每篇均搭配一幅與主題相關的諧趣插畫,讓本書不僅具實用性,更具可看性。

不論是日常生活、學習、工作經營、投資理財或愛情關係上的大小事,本書指摘的52個思考錯誤,將讓你明白自身的弱點何在,並且更勇敢地與自己的非理性對抗,不再只靠直覺決定一切!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, February 19, 2018

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Jean M. Twenge
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A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

快思慢想 (Thinking, Fast and Slow)

康納曼 (Daniel Kahneman)
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如果一年只能讀一本書,你絕對不能錯過《快思慢想》!

「快思」與「慢想」是我們腦中的兩位主角。它們大部分時候是朋友,有時是敵人,更常一起並肩打仗!

我們何時要相信直覺?何時要對抗直覺與偏見,召喚所有理性出來打仗?我們總以為能駕馭自己的思考,事實上,人們的行為常常受到未知因素所影響。我們對思考的機制充滿假設與誤解,又很依賴直覺的感知和記憶,常常做出因個人偏見導致的錯誤決策。

如果你希望自己更聰明、更冷靜,就要學會掌握「快思」與「慢想」的遊戲規則。

康納曼介紹了很多有趣的經典行為實驗,披露思考的捷徑、替代、偏好、框架、錨點等效應。不僅讓我們對大腦的複雜與非理性恍然大悟,也指出我們在什麼情況下該相信靈光乍現,什麼時候該三思而行,該運用哪些技巧來避免常常使我們陷入麻煩的思考偏誤,以及如何在商場、職場和個人生活中做出更好的選擇。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, February 12, 2018

China: Five Thousand Years of History & Civilization

Edited by The Editorial Committee of Chinese Civilization: A Source Book, City University of Hong Kong
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This richly illustrated chronicle of Chinese civilization furnishes general readers and scholars alike with an authoritative overview of Chinese history, art and culture, from the pre-historic era to the early twentieth century, touching upon recurring themes and developments and synthesizing more than five thousand years of evolution and transition.

Written with precision and flair by a host of leading academics from Beijing and Hong Kong, this single volume is a welcome addition to the study of world civilizations, a broad yet detailed chronological sweep through time. Every aspect of Chinese civilization is explained, interpreted, contextualized and brought to life with well-balanced commentary and photographic documentation.

The result is a fascinating distillation of the past, an indispensable guide that renders the ancient past relevant to China today and to the rest of the world.

(Excerpt from the website of City University of Hong Kong Press)

我比別人更認真 : 刻意練習讓自己發光 (Talent Is Overrated)

傑夫.柯文 (Geoffrey Colvin)
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小時候你也許從大人那裡聽過,如果要出人頭地,成為各行各業的頂尖人物,像是邱吉爾、莫扎特、巴菲特,甚至是老虎伍茲這樣的人,你從小就必須埋頭苦幹。

不過事實還不僅如此,所有我們看得到的天才人物其實必定經過「刻意練習」(deliberate practice)的洗禮,對練習結果進行分析,從失敗中吸取教訓,以科學的方法進行苦練,才有可能斬露頭角,讓所有人刮目相看。

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Reading Hong Kong, Reading Ourselves

Edited by Janel Curry,‎ Paul Hanstedt
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This book, written by fourteen reflective scholars about living and learning from Hong Kong, builds on the growing interest of using “place” as text while providing a model of deepening cross-cultural encounters. Each chapter is written in a personal and experiential style, exploring Hong Kong through the lenses of a range of disciplines that shaped individual author's perceptions and encounters.

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看電影與拍電影

趙崇基
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看電影容易,看懂一部電影卻需要慢慢咀嚼細味。電影以講故事為主,講甚麼樣的故事,悲歡離合,離不開身處的社會。觀眾從電影看社會,拍電影的,也需要關懷社會,了解社會, 洞悉人生,才能拍出感動人心的作品。觀眾能夠感動,其實就是因為電影將人生寫得透徹入微,讓看的人有共鳴。

不同人對同一部電影的理解不盡相同。導演趙崇基看了四十年電影,拍了二十年電影,也在學院教電影,對他而言,無論電影藝術如何改變,都離不開技巧、社會、人生這三種元素。此書是他的電影筆記,分為三部分,以電影語言中的三個景別:特寫、中景及全景,透過一篇篇的短文,談電影中的技巧,說電影中的社會,講電影中的人生。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, January 29, 2018

Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

Patricia Goodson
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With its friendly, step-by-step format, Becoming an Academic Writer by Patricia Goodson helps writers improve their writing by engaging in deep and deliberate practice―a type of practice adopted by expert performers in areas such as sports or music. Featuring 50 exercises, this practical, self-paced guide is flexibly organized so readers can either work their way through all of the exercises in order or focus on the specific areas where they need additional practice building their skills.

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中國女權 : 公民知識分子的誕生

曾金燕
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榮獲「香港出版雙年獎」社會科學類別的「出版獎」

艾曉明教授裸胸抗議的照片,在防火牆內外的中文社交媒體上引發了憤怒、悲傷、驕傲、嘲諷、厭惡等情感,爭論中形成了支持或瓦解艾曉明教授抗議的不同社群。而葉海燕通過身體的、性化的、演繹性的、政治化的日常生活、社會行動和網絡寫作來改寫個人生命和改變社會。愈來愈多女權主義者用各種形式進行象徵性的抗議,引起社會上強烈的反應。

本書作者多年來在中國從事維權工作,雖曾被軟禁,但發聲不絕,更於2007年被美國《時代》雜誌選為全球100位最具影響力人物。作者從艾曉明和葉海燕開始,書寫中國知識分子、獨立電影導演、文人作家、藝術家等人在政治反抗者、社會運動活躍分子、「多餘的人」之間的角色中,面臨思想資源、行動力、審美趣味方面的困境和選擇。作者又提出完整地實踐、提升建立在尋求真理基礎上的自我關照能力,是當下中國人建立良心生活、貢獻社會改進的一種生存美學。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)


Monday, January 22, 2018

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Tom Kelley and David Kelley
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IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

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小說與我 = Fiction and I

王安憶
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「我要創造,我渴望創造。」把自己的經驗,透過寫作,創造現實裏無法實現的生活,就是王安憶這三十多年來都在寫作的原因。

王安憶作為69屆初中生,有着比別人豐富的人生閱歷,經歷過知青生活,插隊落戶,這些成長經歷都為她帶來豐富的寫作題材,開展她寫作的漫漫長路。

本書收錄王安憶教授在香港城市大學舉辦的六課講座內容,分享了多年來自身的寫作生活,同時講述與寫作有關的種種—從閱讀生活領略到的文學樂趣到創作類型小說的細節結構,再從小說探索文字的奧妙。她更闡述了教授寫作實踐課的一些體會,如同手把手般傳授讀者寫作之道,極其可貴難得,對有志投身創作行業的青年人極具啟發性。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts

Daniel Shapiro
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** Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award

Are you struggling to deal with conflict in your life? In Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, Harvard negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro introduces a groundbreaking method to bridge the toughest divides—whether with family members, colleagues, or in the polarized world of politics. He reveals the hidden power of identity in fueling conflict, and presents a practical framework to reconcile even the most contentious situations. Field-tested around the world, the results are empowering.

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注意!這是我的個人資料私隱 (Watchout! This is My Personal Data Privacy)

黃繼兒
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榮獲「第二十九屆香港印製大獎」書刊印刷優異獎

個人資料 由你掌握 齊齊做個「私隱話事人」!

現代社會資訊及通訊科技高速發展,為我們的生活帶來方便,但同時,亦對個人資料的保障帶來新的挑戰。我們日常生活中經常接觸的社交網絡媒體、閉路電視,或是填寫會員表格、使用電子錢包等,都可能不知不覺洩漏了個人資料,如身份證號碼、電話號碼、地址、相片、信用卡資料、交易紀錄等,令人防不勝防,假如落入不法之徒手中,後果不堪設想,人人自危。

所幸的是,《個人資料(私隱)條例》(以下簡稱《私隱條例》)已於1996年正式生效,香港個人資料私隱專員公署亦在同年成立,我們的個人資料須按法律所規定的原則來收集、持有、處理和使用。

為提高「保障、尊重個人資料」的意識,香港個人資料私隱專員公署聯同香港城市大學出版社出版《注意!這是我的個人資料私隱》一書。本書根據《私隱條例》,以淺白的語言,並附以具啟發性的個案,詳細介紹保障個人資料的法律權利,從生活的不同層面分析私隱外洩的陷阱,並以多個真實個案剖析《私隱條例》的法律根據與原則,讓你懂得如何保護個人資料。書中除了介紹條例下六個保障資料原則的要求及主要豁免條款以外,亦就不同範疇解答私隱疑難及提供各項實用提示。 此外,本書亦從人力資源管理、物業管理、資訊及通訊科技、直接促銷等角度,解答有關收集及使用個人資料的問題,讓讀者避免在不知情的情況下觸犯《私隱條例》。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)