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Cognitive Psychology (Hardcover, 7th edition): Robert Sternberg, Karin Sternberg Cognitive Psychology (Hardcover, 7th edition)
Robert Sternberg, Karin Sternberg 4
R982 R841 Discovery Miles 8 410 Save R141 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

With an accessible, easy-to-understand writing style, Cognitive Psychology, Seventh Edition will give you the tools you need to be successful in the course.

You'll explore the basics of cognitive neuroscience, attention and consciousness, perception, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem solving and creativity, decision making and reasoning, and intelligence. The authors' "from lab to life" approach covers theory, lab and field research, and applications to everyday life that demonstrate the relevance of what you are studying.

A review of key themes at the end of every chapter will help you spend more time studying important information and less time trying to figure out what you need to know.

Cognitive Psychology (Paperback): Johanna Van Hooff, E. Goldstein Cognitive Psychology (Paperback)
Johanna Van Hooff, E. Goldstein 3
R965 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R140 (15%) In stock

Cognitive Psychology is an excellent introduction to the study of cognition, providing insight into both psychological and physiological aspects of the mind. The text covers key concepts and draws on interesting and relevant research to give students a thorough understanding of the subject. Written in an engaging and accessible style, students will learn the theory and its practical applications for everyday life through a wealth of examples and illustrations. This first edition has been updated and adapted for the UK, European, South African and Middle Eastern markets, drawing on recent research and relevant examples from these regions to enable students to fully relate to the topics discussed.

Risk Savvy - How to Make Good Decisions (Paperback): Gerd Gigerenzer Risk Savvy - How to Make Good Decisions (Paperback)
Gerd Gigerenzer 1
R327 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R96 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating, practical guide to making better decisions with our money, health and personal lives from Gerd Gigerenzer, the author of Reckoning with Risk. Numbers don't lie - but they often mislead us. From health risks to financial decisions, we often find it hard to make decisions because the statistics have been presented to us by 'experts' who misinterpret the data themselves. Here Gerd Gigerenzer shows how we can all use simple rules to become better-informed, risk-savvy citizens. 'Important, Gigerenzer draws valuable lessons . . . his clear explanations will be a great help to all' Omar Malik, Times Higher Education 'Gerd Gigerenzer argues that when it comes to taking risks in life, we are often much better off following our instincts than expert advice' Oliver Burkeman, Guardian 'Things will only get better, he shows, when specialists, particularly doctors and investment advisers, improve on their appalling record of analysing and communicating risks in their fields' Clive Cookson, Financial Times, Books of the Year 'Gigerenzer is brilliant' Steven Pinker Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and former Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on heuristics and decision making, including Reckoning with Risk.

A Mindful Year - 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life (Paperback): Aria Campbell-Danesh, Seth J Gillihan A Mindful Year - 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life (Paperback)
Aria Campbell-Danesh, Seth J Gillihan; Foreword by Alice Boyes
R416 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Grasp - The Science Transforming How We Learn (Hardcover): Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto Grasp - The Science Transforming How We Learn (Hardcover)
Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto
R693 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R142 (20%) In stock
Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback): Keith... Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback)
Keith Ferrazzi
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Ferrazzi is breaking new ground in defining what leadership can mean in the emerging world of work' -Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global 'Ferrazzi has gone into the trenches to figure out what it really takes to empower people and make teams more than the sum of their parts. This book will be a staple in every leader's library' -Adam Grant, host of the TED podcast WorkLife, bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals The world of work is changing at an unprecedented rate leaving many organisations struggling to cope. At a time when constant innovation, agility, and speed often mean the difference between success and failure, we can no longer afford to waste time navigating the complex bureaucracy present in most companies. The #1 New York Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi argues that in times like these the ability to lead without authority is the essential workplace competency. Leading Without Authority reveals the secret to getting those around you to collaborate and cooperate to reach their full potential, whatever your title. The answer involves a shift in mindset that Ferrazzi calls co-elevation - working to elevate those around us. And you don't have to have formal authority, or direct reports, to utilize the co-elevation process. In fact, you can take initial steps forward without the other person even being aware of your efforts. Drawing on a decade of research and over thirty years helping CEOs and senior leaders drive innovation and build high-performing teams Ferrazzi reveals how we can all transform our business and our relationships with the people around us. The result is a new roadmap for thriving amid the disruptive pressures afflicting every industry.

Other Minds - The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life (Paperback, Edition): Peter Godfrey-Smith Other Minds - The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life (Paperback, Edition)
Peter Godfrey-Smith 1
R329 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R120 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Brilliant' Guardian Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month (March) SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself - a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind's fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so - a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually 'think for themselves'? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind - and on our own.

Ek is My Brein - Van Baarmoeder Tot Alzheimer (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dick. F. Swaab Ek is My Brein - Van Baarmoeder Tot Alzheimer (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dick. F. Swaab; Translated by Daniel Hugo
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alles kom ter sprake in Ek is by brein: puberteit, seksualiteit, Alzheimer se siekte, misdadigheid, geloof, breinbeserings, psigiese probleme en byna-dood ervarings. Die teks is toeganklik genoeg geskryf dat enigiemand wat belangstel in hoe die brein ons lewe rig en be´nvloed, dit maklik leesbaar sal vind.

A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: Pearson New International Edition - A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of... A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: Pearson New International Edition - A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Abridged Edition (Paperback, Pearson New International Edition)
Lorin W. Anderson, David R. Krathwohl, Peter W. Airasian, Kathleen A. Cruikshank, Richard E. Mayer, …
R1,239 Discovery Miles 12 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Embodying advances in cognitive psychology since the publication of Bloom's taxonomy, this revision of that framework is designed to help teachers understand and implement standards-based curriculums as well as facilitate constructing and analyzing their own. A revision only in the sense that it builds on the original framework, it is a completely new manuscript in both text and organization. Its two-dimensional framework interrelates knowledge with the cognitive processes students use to gain and work with knowledge. Together, these define the goals, curriculum standards, and objectives students are expected to learn. The framework facilitates the exploration of curriculums from four perspectives-what is intended to be taught, how it is to be taught, how learning is to be assessed, and how well the intended aims, instruction and assessments are aligned for effective education. This "revisited" framework allows you to connect learning from all these perspectives.

Psychology Express: Personality and Individual Differences (Undergraduate Revision Guide) (Paperback): Terence Butler Psychology Express: Personality and Individual Differences (Undergraduate Revision Guide) (Paperback)
Terence Butler; Edited by Dominic Upton; Laura Scurlock-Evans
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This revision guide provides concise coverage of the central topics within Personality, Individual Difference and Intelligence Psychology, presented within a framework designed to help you focus on assessment and exams. The guide is organised to cater for QAA and BPS recommendations for course content. Sample questions, assessment advice and exam tips drive the organisation within chapters so you are able to grasp and marshal your thoughts towards revision of the main topics. Features focused on critical thinking, practical applications and key research will offer additional pointers for you in your revision process and exam preparation. A companion website provides supporting resources for self testing, exam practice, answers to questions in the book, and links to further resources.

Social - Why our brains are wired to connect (Paperback): Matthew D. Lieberman Social - Why our brains are wired to connect (Paperback)
Matthew D. Lieberman 1
R364 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why are we influenced by the behaviour of complete strangers? Why does the brain register similar pleasure when I perceive something as 'fair' or when I eat chocolate? Why can we be so profoundly hurt by bereavement? What are the evolutionary benefits of these traits? The young discipline of 'social cognitive neuroscience' has been exploring this fascinating interface between brain science and human behaviour since the late 1990s. Now one of its founding pioneers, Matthew D. Lieberman, presents the discoveries that he and fellow researchers have made. Using fMRI scanning and a range of other techniques, they have been able to see that the brain responds to social pain and pleasure the same way as physical pain and pleasure; and that unbeknown to ourselves, we are constantly 'mindreading' other people so that we can fit in with them. It is clear that our brains are designed respond to and be influenced by others. For good evolutionary reasons, he argues, we are wired to be social. The implications are numerous and profound. Do we have to rethink what we understand by identity, and free will? How can managers improve the way their teams relate and perform? Could we organize large social institutions in ways that would work far better? And could there be whole new methods of education?

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents (Spiral bound): Lisa Phifer, Amanda Crowder, Tracy Elsenraat CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents (Spiral bound)
Lisa Phifer, Amanda Crowder, Tracy Elsenraat
R983 R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Save R329 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Cognitive Psychology: Pearson New International Edition - Mind and Brain (Paperback, Pearson New International Edition): Edward... Cognitive Psychology: Pearson New International Edition - Mind and Brain (Paperback, Pearson New International Edition)
Edward E. Smith, Stephen M. Kosslyn
R1,632 Discovery Miles 16 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For courses in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Psychology. The first book that fully integrates information about the brain and neural processing into the standard curriculum in cognitive psychology. Based on a need for a text that could accurately, productively, and seamlessly integrate information on both the brain and neural processing, Edward E. Smith (Columbia University) and Stephen M. Kosslyn (Harvard University) created Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain 1.e. Without question, the study of cognition has progressed enormously over the past decade. Most importantly, much of the recent progress in cognitive studies has come from the advent of cognitive neuroscience, which uses neuroscientific methods and data to address psychological issues. However, throughout years of academic teaching, the authors came to realize that no currently available book was able to summarize and make accessible the major findings, theories, and research the field had produced. Now, in this text's first edition, these issues have been addressed. Using findings in neuroscience to illuminate and motivate key distinctions in cognitive psychology, the authors have written a cognitive psychology book that is informed by neuroscience - the first of its kind and one poised to set a new standard in undergraduate cognitive studies.

Evolutionary Psychology - The New Science of the Mind (International Student Edition) (Paperback, 5th New edition): David Buss Evolutionary Psychology - The New Science of the Mind (International Student Edition) (Paperback, 5th New edition)
David Buss
R1,412 Discovery Miles 14 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines human psychology and behavior through the lens of modern evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary Psychology: The Ne w Science of the Mind, 5/e provides students with the conceptual tools of evolutionary psychology, and applies them to empirical research on the human mind. Content topics are logically arrayed, starting with challenges of survival, mating, parenting, and kinship; and then progressing to challenges of group living, including cooperation, aggression, sexual conflict, and status, prestige, and social hierarchies. Students gain a deep understanding of applying evolutionary psychology to their own lives and all the people they interact with.

Black & White Thinking - When Grey Matter And Grey Matters Collide (Paperback): Kevin Dutton Black & White Thinking - When Grey Matter And Grey Matters Collide (Paperback)
Kevin Dutton
R340 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R90 (26%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

With polarizing events like Trump and Brexit in mind, Black and White Thinking argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can adapt our thinking to make subtler, better decisions.

It is human instinct to sort, categorize and frame everything in binary black and white. It's how our brains work. Migrant or refugee? Muslim or Christian? Them or us? Rather than reaching out to those who are different, we bond with those who are just like us, which means the difference between polarized beliefs becomes ever greater. Dangerous possibilities arise. The Arab Spring. Brexit. Trump. Through persistent binary thinking our capacity for rational thought - seeing the grey, rather than merely black and white - begins to erode. Black and White Thinking is an alarm call. Amidst a rising tide of religious intolerance and political extremism, it argues that by understanding the evolutionary programming of our binary brains we can overcome it, make sense of the world and in future make much subtler - and far better - decisions.

Attraction Explained - The science of how we form relationships (Paperback): Viren Swami Attraction Explained - The science of how we form relationships (Paperback)
Viren Swami
R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How much does appearance matter in the formation of romantic relationships? Do nice guys always finish last? Does playing hard-to-get ever work? What really makes for a good chat-up line? When it comes to relationships, there's no shortage of advice from self-help 'experts', pick-up artists, and glossy magazines. But modern-day myths of attraction often have no basis in fact or - worse - are rooted in little more than misogyny. In Attraction Explained, psychologist Viren Swami debunks these myths and draws on cutting-edge research to provide a ground-breaking and evidence-based account of relationship formation. At the core of this book is a very simple idea: there are no 'laws of attraction', no foolproof methods or strategies for getting someone to date you. But this isn't to say that there's nothing to be gained from studying attraction. Based on science rather than self-help cliches, Attraction Explained looks at how factors such as geography, appearance, personality, and similarity affect who we fall for and why.

How We Learn - The New Science of Education and the Brain (Hardcover): Stanislas Dehaene How We Learn - The New Science of Education and the Brain (Hardcover)
Stanislas Dehaene
R580 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Absorbing, mind-enlarging, studded with insights ... This could have significant real-world results' Sunday Times Humanity's greatest feat is our incredible ability to learn. Even in their first year, infants acquire language, visual and social knowledge at a rate that surpasses the best supercomputers. But how, exactly, do our brains learn? In How We Learn, leading neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene delves into the psychological, neuronal, synaptic and molecular mechanisms of learning. Drawing on case studies of children who learned despite huge difficulty and trauma, he explains why youth is such a sensitive period, during which brain plasticity is maximal, but also assures us that our abilities continue into adulthood. We can all enhance our learning and memory at any age and 'learn to learn' by taking maximal advantage of the four pillars of the brain's learning algorithm: attention, active engagement, error feedback and consolidation. The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled, and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. How We Learn finds the boundary of computer science, neurobiology, cognitive psychology and education to explain how learning really works and how to make the best use of the brain's learning algorithms - and even improve them - in our schools and universities as well as in everyday life.

Range - How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (Paperback): David Epstein Range - How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (Paperback)
David Epstein 1
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize.

From the ‘10,000 hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up with those who got a head start.

This is completely wrong.

In this landmark book, David Epstein shows you that the way to succeed is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests - in other words, by developing range.

Studying the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, Epstein demonstrates why in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently after you've read Range. You'll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You'll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers.

As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, Range shows how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive and why spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to your success, and how to achieve it.

Idiot Brain - What Your Head Is Really Up To (Paperback): Dean Burnett Idiot Brain - What Your Head Is Really Up To (Paperback)
Dean Burnett
R396 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The brain is an absolute marvel-the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it's also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life-and what on earth it is really up to. A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science & Technology.

Students at the Center - Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind (Paperback): Bena Kallick, Allison Zmuda Students at the Center - Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind (Paperback)
Bena Kallick, Allison Zmuda
R630 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R136 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The New Mind Readers - What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts (Paperback): Russell A Poldrack The New Mind Readers - What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts (Paperback)
Russell A Poldrack
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A revealing insider's account of the power-and limitations-of functional MRI The ability to read minds has long been a fascination of science fiction, but revolutionary new brain-imaging methods are bringing it closer to scientific reality. The New Mind Readers looks at the origins, development, and future of these extraordinary tools, revealing how they are increasingly being used to decode our thoughts and experiences-and how this raises sometimes troubling questions about their application in domains such as marketing, politics, and the law. Written by one of the world's leading pioneers in cognitive neuroscience, this book offers needed perspective on what these emerging methods can and cannot do, and demonstrates how they can provide answers to age-old questions about the nature of consciousness and what it means to be human.

How to be Strategic (Paperback): Fred Pelard How to be Strategic (Paperback)
Fred Pelard
R404 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R80 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Will help you push through the knotty centre of hard-to-resolve problems. Highly recommended!' Richard Rumelt, author of Good Strategy, Bad Strategy "A comprehensive, concise, and practical guide that will enable anyone, in any situation, to develop their strategic thinking." Tiffani Bova, Chief Growth Evangelist, Salesforce - WSJ Bestselling Author, Growth IQ Being strategic is a critical skill. It enables you to solve problems on a day-to-day basis while also keeping an eye on the long term, anticipating and mitigating opportunities and threats along the way. How to be Strategic is your accessible but comprehensive guide to strategic thinking in any situation. Fred Pelard distills 20 years' experience training executives at all levels from leading companies around the world into a range of smartly-illustrated, workable methodologies that will enable you to understand each approach and find your own path to the right solution every time. 'A wonderful and inspirational look into wide-ranging frameworks and theories to spark new thinking and strategy - Tom Goodwin, author of Digital Darwinism and Head of Futures and Insight at Publicis Groupe 'Practical and comprehensive'. - Roeland Assenberg, Director, Strategy and Banking, Monitor Deloitte Netherlands

How Spies Think - Ten Lessons in Intelligence (Hardcover): David Omand How Spies Think - Ten Lessons in Intelligence (Hardcover)
David Omand
R537 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R111 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons. Brilliant, lucid and thought-provoking' Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 From the former director of GCHQ, learn the methodology used by the British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information - often contradictory or incomplete - and, with it, they build the most accurate possible image of the world. With the stakes at their absolute highest, they must then decide what to do. In everyday life, you are faced with contradictory, incomplete information, too. Reading the news on social media, figuring out the next step in your career, or trying to discover if gossip about a friend is legitimate, you are building an image of the world and making decisions about it. Looking through the eyes of one of Britain's most senior ex-intelligence officers, Professor Sir David Omand, How Spies Think shows how the big decisions in your life will be easier to make when you apply the same frameworks used by British intelligence. Full of revealing examples from his storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers from Thatcher to Blair, and conflicts from the Falklands to Afghanistan, Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

In the Know - Debunking 35 Myths about Human Intelligence (Paperback): Russell T. Warne In the Know - Debunking 35 Myths about Human Intelligence (Paperback)
Russell T. Warne
R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Emotional intelligence is an important trait for success at work. IQ tests are biased against minorities. Every child is gifted. Preschool makes children smarter. Western understandings of intelligence are inappropriate for other cultures. These are some of the statements about intelligence that are common in the media and in popular culture. But none of them are true. In the Know is a tour of the most common incorrect beliefs about intelligence and IQ. Written in a fantastically engaging way, each chapter is dedicated to correcting a misconception and explains the real science behind intelligence. Controversies related to IQ will wither away in the face of the facts, leaving readers with a clear understanding about the truth of intelligence.

The Alignment Problem - Machine Learning and Human Values (Hardcover): Brian Christian The Alignment Problem - Machine Learning and Human Values (Hardcover)
Brian Christian
R694 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R142 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Today's "machine-learning" systems, trained by data, are so effective that we've invited them to see and hear for us-and to make decisions on our behalf. But alarm bells are ringing. Recent years have seen an eruption of concern as the field of machine learning advances. When the systems we attempt to teach will not, in the end, do what we want or what we expect, ethical and potentially existential risks emerge. Researchers call this the alignment problem. Systems cull resumes until, years later, we discover that they have inherent gender biases. Algorithms decide bail and parole-and appear to assess Black and White defendants differently. We can no longer assume that our mortgage application, or even our medical tests, will be seen by human eyes. And as autonomous vehicles share our streets, we are increasingly putting our lives in their hands. The mathematical and computational models driving these changes range in complexity from something that can fit on a spreadsheet to a complex system that might credibly be called "artificial intelligence." They are steadily replacing both human judgment and explicitly programmed software. In best-selling author Brian Christian's riveting account, we meet the alignment problem's "first-responders," and learn their ambitious plan to solve it before our hands are completely off the wheel. In a masterful blend of history and on-the ground reporting, Christian traces the explosive growth in the field of machine learning and surveys its current, sprawling frontier. Readers encounter a discipline finding its legs amid exhilarating and sometimes terrifying progress. Whether they-and we-succeed or fail in solving the alignment problem will be a defining human story. The Alignment Problem offers an unflinching reckoning with humanity's biases and blind spots, our own unstated assumptions and often contradictory goals. A dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, it takes a hard look not only at our technology but at our culture-and finds a story by turns harrowing and hopeful.

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