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Explaining humans : what science can teach us about life, love and relationships

Pang, Camilla2020
Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight, Dr Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult. But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own. Now armed with a PhD in Bioinformatics, Camilla dismantles our obscure social customs and identifies what it really means to be human using her unique expertise and a language she knows best: science. Through a set of scientific principles, this book examines life's everyday interactions including: Decisions and the route we take to make them; Conflict and how we can avoid it; Relationships and how we establish them; Etiquette and how we conform to it. Explaining Humans is an original and incisive exploration of human nature and the strangeness of social norms, written from the outside looking in. Camilla's unique perspective of the world, in turn, tells us so much about ourselves - about who we are and why we do it - and is a fascinating guide on how to lead a more connected, happier life.
[London] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2020.
xiv, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
How to (actually) think outside the box : machine learning and decision making -- How to embrace your weird : biochemistry, friendship and the power of difference -- How to forget about perfection : thermodynamics, order and disorder -- How to feel the fear : light, refraction and fear -- How to find harmony : wave theory, harmonic motion and finding your resonant frequency -- How not to follow the crowd : molecular dynamics, conformity and individuality -- How to achieve your goals : quantum physics, network theory and goal setting -- How to have empathy with others : evolution, probability and relationships -- How to connect with others : chemical bonds, fundamental forces and human connection -- How to learn from your mistakes : deep learning, feedback loops and human memory -- How to be polite : game theory, complex systems and etiquette.
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