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Connected - The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Paperback): Nicholas A. Christakis Connected - The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Paperback)
Nicholas A. Christakis 1
R235 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Is happiness catching? Are your friends making you fat? Can your sibling make you smart? Is wealth contagious? Where is true love found? Does free will exist? Based on exciting discoveries in mathematics, genetics, psychology and sociology, `Connected' is an innovative and fascinating exploration of how social networks operate. Think it's all about who you know? It is. But not the way you think. Turns out your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. And a happy friend is more relevant to your happiness than a bigger income. Our connections - our friends, their friends, and even their friends' friends - have an astonishing power to influence everything from what we eat to who we sleep with. And we, in turn, influence others. Our actions can change the behaviours, the beliefs, and even the basic health of people we've never met. In this brilliantly original and effortlessly engaging exploration of how much we truly influence one another. Pre-eminent social scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain why obesity is contagious, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, with revelatory implications for everything from our notion of the individual to ideas about public health initiatives, `Connected' will change the way you think about every aspect of your life, and how you live it.

Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Hardcover): Nicholas A. Christakis Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Hardcover)
Nicholas A. Christakis 1
R586 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R125 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Paperback): Nicholas A. Christakis Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Paperback)
Nicholas A. Christakis 1
R376 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R104 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society. In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness. In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.

Death Foretold - Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (Paperback, New edition): Nicholas A. Christakis Death Foretold - Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (Paperback, New edition)
Nicholas A. Christakis
R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This groundbreaking book explains prognosis from the perspective of doctors, examining why physicians are reluctant to predict the future, how doctors use prognosis, the symbolism it contains, and the emotional difficulties it involves. Drawing on his experiences as a doctor and sociologist, Nicholas Christakis interviewed scores of physicians and searched dozens of medical textbooks and medical school curricula for discussions of prognosis in an attempt to get to the core of this nebulous medical issue that, despite its importance, is only partially understood and rarely discussed.
"Highly recommended for everyone from patients wrestling with their personal prognosis to any medical practitioner touched by this bioethical dilemma."--"Library Journal, " starred review
" T]he first full general discussion of prognosis ever written. . . . A] manifesto for a form of prognosis that's equal parts prediction-an assessment of likely outcomes based on statistical averages-and prophecy, an intuition of what lies ahead."--Jeff Sharlet, "Chicago Reader"
" S]ophisticated, extraordinarily well supported, and compelling. . . . Christakis] argues forcefully that the profession must take responsibility for the current widespread avoidance of prognosis and change the present culture. This prophet is one whose advice we would do well to heed."--James Tulsky, M.D., "New England Journal of Medicine"

Connected - The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Hardcover): Nicholas A. Christakis, James... Connected - The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (Hardcover)
Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler
R758 R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Save R141 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.
In CONNECTED, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.


Death Foretold - Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Nicholas A. Christakis Death Foretold - Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Nicholas A. Christakis
R711 Discovery Miles 7 110 Special order

This groundbreaking book explains prognosis from the perspective of doctors, examining why physicians are reluctant to predict the future, how doctors use prognosis, the symbolism it contains, and the emotional difficulties it involves. Drawing on his experiences as a doctor and sociologist, Nicholas Christakis interviewed scores of physicians and searched dozens of medical textbooks and medical school curricula for discussions of prognosis in an attempt to get to the core of this nebulous medical issue that, despite its importance, is only partially understood and rarely discussed.
"Highly recommended for everyone from patients wrestling with their personal prognosis to any medical practitioner touched by this bioethical dilemma."--"Library Journal, " starred review
" T]he first full general discussion of prognosis ever written. . . . A] manifesto for a form of prognosis that's equal parts prediction-an assessment of likely outcomes based on statistical averages-and prophecy, an intuition of what lies ahead."--Jeff Sharlet, "Chicago Reader"
" S]ophisticated, extraordinarily well supported, and compelling. . . . Christakis] argues forcefully that the profession must take responsibility for the current widespread avoidance of prognosis and change the present culture. This prophet is one whose advice we would do well to heed."--James Tulsky, M.D., "New England Journal of Medicine"

Prognosis in Advanced Cancer (Paperback): Paul Glare, Nicholas A. Christakis Prognosis in Advanced Cancer (Paperback)
Paul Glare, Nicholas A. Christakis
R2,530 Discovery Miles 25 300 Special order

Predicting survival and other outcomes is increasingly being recognized as an important skill for palliative care doctors and nurses, oncologists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with advanced cancer. Accurate prognosis is essential if we are to offer quality of care and 'a good death', as well as to aid decision-making. There is much prognostic information available that is scattered throughout the palliative care and oncological literature but this is the first time it has been gathered systematically in one place.
Glare and Christakis, leaders in the field of prognosis, bring together a team of international contributors from across the fields of palliative care and oncology. This comprehensive but practical guide begins with the principles of prognostication, including formulating the prediction and then communicating it. Topics such as statistical issues, evidence-based medicine, and the ethics of prognostication are also covered. The second section addresses prognostication in 15 specific cancer sites once they have reached the advanced stage, following a standard template for consistency and easy access to the key information. The third section deals with prognostication in patients with a variety of common clinical conditions at the end of life, such as bowel obstruction, hypercalcaemia, and brain metastases. In addition, survival curves are provided within each chapter, palliative care conditions are examined for the first time, and a summary table of long and short term prognosis ensures this book remains practical.

Connected - The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends'... Connected - The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do (Paperback)
Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler
R347 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R65 (19%) Special order

Renowned scientists Christakis and Fowler present compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another's tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as they explain how social networks form and how they operate.

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