Monday, September 27, 2021

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Nir Eyal
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"Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results."
- James Clear, author of Atomic Habits

You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.

What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become "indistractable?"

International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction's Achilles' heel in his groundbreaking new book.

In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.

Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals:
♦ Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture--and how to fix it
♦ What really drives human behavior and why "time management is pain management"
♦ Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable
♦ How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world

Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention--helping you live the life you really want.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader

Stuart Greene, April Lidinsky
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From Inquiry to Academic Writing helps students understand academic culture and its ways of thinking, reading, and writing. With a practical and widely proven step-by-step approach, the text demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing. An extensive thematic reader brings students into interdisciplinary conversations that not only bear on their college careers but also reflect larger cultural issues that they will encounter outside the academy. The fifth edition includes 23 new readings (forty percent) and an increased emphasis on using critical reading to evaluate multiple perspectives and stretch beyond binary thinking.

Achieve for From Inquiry to Academic Writing is a dedicated composition space that guides students through drafting, peer review, source check, reflection, and revision.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

Sarah Frier
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Winner of the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

Named “Best Book of the Year” by Fortune, The Financial Times, The Economist, Inc. Magazine, and NPR

In this “sequel to The Social Network” (The New York Times), award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals the never-before-told story of how Instagram became the most culturally defining app of the decade.

“The most enrapturing book about Silicon Valley drama since Hatching Twitter” (Fortune), No Filter “pairs phenomenal in-depth reporting with explosive storytelling that gets to the heart of how Instagram has shaped our lives, whether you use the app or not” (The New York Times).

In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple but irresistible feature: It would make anything you captured look more beautiful. The cofounders cultivated a community of photographers and artisans around the app, and it quickly went mainstream. In less than two years, it caught Facebook’s attention: Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for a historic one billion dollars when Instagram had only 13 employees.

That might have been the end of a classic success story. But the cofounders stayed on, trying to maintain Instagram’s beauty, brand, and cachet, considering their app a separate company within the social networking giant. They urged their employees to make changes only when necessary, resisting Facebook’s grow-at-all-costs philosophy in favor of a strategy that highlighted creativity and celebrity. Just as Instagram was about to reach a billion users, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg - once supportive of the founders’ autonomy - began to feel threatened by Instagram’s success.

Frier draws on unprecedented access - from the founders of Instagram, as well as employees, executives, and competitors; Anna Wintour of Vogue; Kris Jenner of the Kardashian-Jenner empire; and a plethora of influencers worldwide - to show how Instagram has fundamentally changed the way we show, eat, travel, and communicate, all while fighting to preserve the values which contributed to the company’s success. “Deeply reported and beautifully written” (Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair), No Filter examines how Instagram’s dominance acts as a lens into our society today, highlighting our fraught relationship with technology, our desire for perfection, and the battle within tech for its most valuable commodity: our attention.

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超速學習 : 我這樣做,一個月學會速描,一年學會四種語言,完成MIT四年課程 (Ultralearning)

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1. 後設學習:超速學習者懂得在開始學習前先畫出地圖,也會去學習其他人是如何學會自己想擁有的能力。
2. 專心致志:磨利你的刀,專注投入你想做的事。
3. 直截了當:走最短的路。想學外語,第一天就用新語言跟人聊天,想當程式設計師,就親手設計一款app。
4. 反覆操練:攻擊你最大的弱點,不斷練習。
5. 提取記憶:用測驗來學習。學完後,先寫出你剛才學了什麼,輸出有助於進一步輸入。
6. 意見回饋:別閃避重拳,聽取任何你收到的建言。
7. 保留記憶:別往漏水的桶子裡加水。如何提升記住新資訊的能力,如何防止習得的新知識從腦中溜走。
8. 培養直覺:超速學習者都能用很快的直覺來理解新事物,一旦學會,你會一次學得比一次快。
9. 勇於實驗:往舒適圈外探索大量新方法,你會達成許多意想不到的成就。