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The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain Hardcover – October 15, 2019
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About the Author
DR. TARA SWART is a neuroscientist and former psychiatric doctor. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and visiting senior lecturer at Kings College, London, and an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. She is lead author of the award-winning Neuroscience for Leadership and in 2016 she was named the world’s first Neuroscientist in Residence at Corinthia Hotel, London. She is passionate about teaching others how to apply lessons from cognitive science to enhance everyday lives.
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062935739
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062935731
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.97 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : HarperOne (October 15, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing book I've read in recent memory.
I rarely to never am disappointed with a book purchase - because I can usually find a couple of insights or prompts for action that I find of value - that wasn't the case for The Source.
Most - if not, all - is so general that it could easily be mistaken for a series of wikipedia articles, broken up with salesy testimonials and teases for later chapters outlining a program for action, which ultimately fails to deliver.
The background "science" is light - many of the concepts and points feel like they could have been pulled from wikipedia citations.
The recommendations are too general to be meaningfully actionable - and often Swart veers outside of her lane with overly generalized recommendations for exercise, nutrition, and meditation, which feel like they were cribbed from the recommendations of other self-styled gurus.
I think anyone considering purchasing The Source can just settle for listening to Swart on Dave Asprey's podcast - you'll get as much value - if not more - from that podcast episode than you will from purchasing this book.
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So, in short, here is the book: The Source is your brain. You should practice using it. Use it often, and as with most things you do on a habitual basis, you will get better at using it. Better use of 'The Source' will benefit you.
The sickeningly charming prose used in the book and the humble braggadocio are major turn offs. Do buy the book if you would like to know why the author is so great. The author does not pay nearly enough attention to just how much luck the successful need in order for one's best laid plans to go as one planned, and this unwillingness to face the cold hard facts pervades the entire book. The message the reader is left with is patently false: you can make your life great, and if you don't, that's on you. Well, no, often it isn't. Sometimes the stars don't align, as they didn't, regrettably, with the publishing of this 'self-help' book that promised so much but delivered so little.