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The Hacking of the American Mind

The Hacking of the American Mind

The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

  • Author: Robert H. Lustig
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101982594
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 352
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"Explores how industry has manipulated our most deep-seated survival instincts."—David Perlmutter, MD, Author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Maker The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease. While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover. Dopamine is the “reward” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the “contentment” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don’t need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression. Ideally, both are in optimal supply. Yet dopamine evolved to overwhelm serotonin—because our ancestors were more likely to survive if they were constantly motivated—with the result that constant desire can chemically destroy our ability to feel happiness, while sending us down the slippery slope to addiction. In the last forty years, government legislation and subsidies have promoted ever-available temptation (sugar, drugs, social media, porn) combined with constant stress (work, home, money, Internet), with the end result of an unprecedented epidemic of addiction, anxiety, depression, and chronic disease. And with the advent of neuromarketing, corporate America has successfully imprisoned us in an endless loop of desire and consumption from which there is no obvious escape. With his customary wit and incisiveness, Lustig not only reveals the science that drives these states of mind, he points his finger directly at the corporations that helped create this mess, and the government actors who facilitated it, and he offers solutions we can all use in the pursuit of happiness, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Always fearless and provocative, Lustig marshals a call to action, with seminal implications for our health, our well-being, and our culture.

The Hacking of the American Mind

The Hacking of the American Mind

The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

  • Author: Robert H. Lustig
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101982586
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 352
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Subtitle in pre-publication: Inside the sugar-coated plot to confuse pleasure with happiness.

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  • ISBN: 1101982942
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Summary of the Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig

Summary of the Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig

Conversation Starters

  • Author: Bookhabits
  • Publisher: Blurb
  • ISBN: 9781389316265
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 70
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The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig: Conversation Starters The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains was published in September 2017. Written by Dr. Robert Lustig, it is his second attempt to keep his readers from succumbing to the pleasures of sugar, while also detailing his theory as to how America came to be in its current unhappy, drug-addicted, depressed state. According to Lustig, both big businesses and the government are to blame. Both are responsible for the promotion of items which cause guilty pleasure, such as pornography, sugar, and drugs. Guilty pleasures lead to addictive and/or depressive actions, which can spiral out of control. The book provides the author's personal experiences and research into his theory, scientific data to verify his theory, and ways to avoid being unhappy. In addition, Lustig provides his "Four Cs of Contentment," ways in which his readers can live the ultimate, contented life A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: - Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups - Foster a deeper understanding of the book - Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately - Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource meant to supplement the original book. If you have not yet read the original book, we encourage you to before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.

Fat Chance

Fat Chance

Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

  • Author: Robert H. Lustig
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0142180432
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 320
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Documents the science and politics behind the pandemic of chronic disease, chronicling how the food industry has replaced fat with sugar and triggered biochemical changes that can be overcome through strategic hormone-adjusting measures.

The Fat Chance Cookbook

The Fat Chance Cookbook

More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight

  • Author: Robert H. Lustig,Heather Millar,Cindy Gershen
  • Publisher: Avery
  • ISBN: 1594632944
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 340
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Provides meal plans, shopping lists, food swaps, and over 1one hundred recipes to lower sugar intake and lose weight.

Inventing Ourselves

Inventing Ourselves

The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

  • Author: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 1610397320
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 256
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A tour through the groundbreaking science behind the enigmatic, but crucial, brain developments of adolescence and how those translate into teenage behavior The brain creates every feeling, emotion, and desire we experience, and stores every one of our memories. And yet, until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed from childhood on. Now, thanks to imaging technology that enables us to look inside the living human brain at all ages, we know that this isn't so. Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, one of the world's leading researchers into adolescent neurology, explains precisely what is going on in the complex and fascinating brains of teenagers--namely that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence--with profound implications for the adults these young people will become. Drawing from cutting-edge research, including her own, Blakemore shows: How an adolescent brain differs from those of children and adults Why problem-free kids can turn into challenging teens What drives the excessive risk-taking and all-consuming relationships common among teenagers And why many mental illnesses--depression, addiction, schizophrenia--present during these formative years Blakemore's discoveries have transformed our understanding of the teenage mind, with consequences for law, education policy and practice, and, most of all, parents.

Overcoming Passive-aggression

Overcoming Passive-aggression

How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career and Happiness

  • Author: Tim Murphy,Loriann Hoff Oberlin
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • ISBN: 9781569243619
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 238
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A guide to addressing specific issues related to hidden anger identifies the negative messages and consequences of passive-aggressive behaviors, discussing such areas as the childhood origins of hidden anger, its impact on work and relationships, and strategies for breaking unhealthy patterns. Original.

Pure, White, and Deadly

Pure, White, and Deadly

How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It

  • Author: John Yudkin
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698141881
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 256
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More than 40 years before Gary Taubes published The Case Against Sugar, John Yudkin published his now-classic exposé on the dangers of sugar—reissued here with a new introduction by Robert H. Lustig, the bestselling author of Fat Chance. Scientist John Yudkin was the first to sound the alarm about the excess of sugar in the diet of modern Americans. His classic exposé, Pure, White, and Deadly, clearly and engagingly describes how sugar is damaging our bodies, why we eat so much of it, and what we can do to stop. He explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types—is brown sugar really better than white?—to how it is hidden inside our everyday foods, and how it is harming our health. In 1972, Yudkin was mostly ignored by the health industry and media, but the events of the last forty years have proven him spectacularly right. Yudkin’s insights are even more important and relevant now, with today’s record levels of obesity, than when they were first published. Brought up-to-date by childhood obesity expert Dr. Robert H. Lustig, this emphatic treatise on the hidden dangers of sugar is essential reading for anyone concerned about their health, the health of their children, and the wellbeing of modern society.

Whitewash

Whitewash

The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

  • Author: Carey Gillam
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • ISBN: 1610918320
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 320
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"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich "A damning picture...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly "A must-read." —Booklist "Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus It’s the herbicide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the herbicide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

Modern American Manners

Modern American Manners

Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests

  • Author: Fred Mayo,Michael Gold
  • Publisher: Skyhorse
  • ISBN: 1510717676
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 216
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This practical and humorous guide helps readers learn appropriate manners so they can enjoy the pleasures of good food, good drink, and good company without worrying about what behavior is proper. Chapters cover how to be a good host, how to be a good guest, and how to behave at business events, cocktail parties, formal dinners, and restaurants. There is also a unique chapter discussing pet peeves and how to handle them with grace, civility, and appropriate manners. What’s the proper way to hold a wine glass? What’s an appropriate gift to bring a host and what shouldn’t you bring? How should you correctly introduce guests to each other? If you’re the host, how do you determine who should sit next to whom? What should you do if you don’t want to drink alcohol at a cocktail party? What is appropriate cell phone usage at a business dinner? Here are easy-to-implement answers to these and many other important etiquette questions. Lavishly illustrated with memorable full-color photographs that highlight both good and bad table manners, Modern American Manners is full of friendly advice for business professionals, college students entering the workplace, and anyone needing a refresher course or an introduction to proper behavior.

Pictures of a Gone City

Pictures of a Gone City

Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Author: Richard Walker
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • ISBN: 1629635235
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 480
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This exploration begins by tracing the concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley and the resulting growth in start-ups, jobs, and wealth. This is followed by a look at the new working class of color and the millions earning poverty wages. The middle chapters survey the urban scene, including the housing bubble and the newly exploded metropolis, and the final chapters take on the political questions raised by the environmental impact of the boom, the fantastical ideology of TechWorld, and the tech-led transformation of the region.

Feed

Feed

  • Author: M. T. Anderson
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763662623
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 299
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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Dopamine

Dopamine

  • Author: Mikhail Voloshin
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1365032221
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Gross Anatomy

Gross Anatomy

Dispatches from the Front (and Back)

  • Author: Mara Altman
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0399574859
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 320
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An honest, funny, neurotic, and totally gross love child of Mindy Kaling and Mary Roach. Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the years. Like, who decided that women shouldn't have body hair? And how sweaty is too sweaty? Also, why is breast cleavage sexy but camel toe revolting? Isn't it all just cleavage? These questions and others like them have led to the comforting and sometimes smelly revelations that constitute Gross Anatomy, an essay collection about what it's like to operate the bags of meat we call our bodies. Divided into two sections, "The Top Half" and "The Bottom Half," with cartoons scattered throughout, Altman's book takes the reader on a wild and relatable journey from head to toe--as she attempts to strike up a peace accord with our grody bits. With a combination of personal anecdotes and fascinating research, Gross Anatomy holds up a magnifying glass to our beliefs, practices, biases, and body parts and shows us the naked truth: that there is greatness in our grossness.

American Radical

American Radical

Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent

  • Author: Tamer Elnoury,Kevin Maurer
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101986166
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 368
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The explosive memoir of a Muslim American FBI agent fighting terror from the inside. It’s no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad, global war against terror. But for the first time in this memoir, an active Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America. A longtime undercover agent, Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit after September 11. Its express purpose is to gain the trust of terrorists whose goals are to take out as many Americans in as public and as devastating a way possible. It's a furious race against the clock for Tamer and his unit to stop them before they can implement their plans. Yet as new as this war still is, the techniques are as old as time: listen, record, and prove terrorist intent. Due to his ongoing work for the FBI, Elnoury writes under a pseudonym. An Arabic-speaking Muslim American, a patriot, a hero: To many Americans, it will be a revelation that he and his team even exist, let alone the vital and dangerous work they do keeping all Americans safe.

Building the New American Economy

Building the New American Economy

Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

  • Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231545282
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 160
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In this passionate and powerful book—part manifesto, part plan of action—the renowned economist Jeffrey D. Sachs offers a practical strategy to move America, seemingly more divided than ever, toward a new consensus: sustainable development. Sustainable development is a holistic approach that emphasizes economic, social, and environmental objectives in shaping policy. In focusing too much on economic growth, the United States has neglected rising economic inequality and dire environmental threats. Now, even growth is imperiled. Sachs explores issues that have captivated the nation and political debate, including infrastructure, trade deals, energy policy, the proper size and role of government, the national debt, and income inequality. Not only does he provide illuminating and accessible explanations of the forces at work in each case, but he also presents specific policy solutions. His argument rises above the pessimism born of political paralysis, economic stagnation, and partisanship to devise a brighter way forward, achievable both individually and collectively. In Building the New American Economy, Sachs shows how the United States can find a path to renewed economic progress that is fair and environmentally sustainable.

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

  • Author: Sylvia Tara
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393244849
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 288
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A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr. Sylvia Tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, hormones, sleep, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, not against it.

Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

  • Author: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062464353
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 464
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

The Know-It-Alls

The Know-It-Alls

The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball

  • Author: Noam Cohen
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • ISBN: 1620972115
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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Included in Backchannel’s (WIRED.com) “Top Tech Books of 2017” An “important” book on the “pervasive influence of Silicon Valley on our economy, culture and politics.” —New York Times How the titans of tech's embrace of economic disruption and a rampant libertarian ideology is fracturing America and making it a meaner place In The Know-It-Alls former New York Times technology columnist Noam Cohen chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley as a political and intellectual force in American life. Beginning nearly a century ago and showcasing the role of Stanford University as the incubator of this new class of super geeks, Cohen shows how smart guys like Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg fell in love with a radically individualistic ideal and then mainstreamed it. With these very rich men leading the way, unions, libraries, public schools, common courtesy, and even government itself have been pushed aside to make way for supposedly efficient market-based encounters via the Internet. Donald Trump’s election victory was an inadvertent triumph of the "disruption" that Silicon Valley has been pushing: Facebook and Twitter, eager to entertain their users, turned a blind eye to the fake news and the hateful ideas proliferating there. The Rust Belt states that shifted to Trump are the ones being left behind by a "meritocratic" Silicon Valley ideology that promotes an economy where, in the words of LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, each of us is our own start-up. A society that belittles civility, empathy, and collaboration can easily be led astray. The Know-It-Alls explains how these self-proclaimed geniuses failed this most important test of democracy.