The Overweight Brain: How our obsession with knowing keeps us from getting smart enough to make a better world [Print Replica] Kindle Edition
We live at a time when knowledge of the world is all right there on our smart phones. Yet we persist in going through life trying to get as much knowledge, as many facts and arguments and opinions and predictions, into our heads—and being tested and evaluated and judged by how much we know. Being in the world as a knower keeps us stuck, Holzman says. It constrains creativity and risk taking, keeps us and our dreams small, stops us from learning new things, and stifles our capacity to create new possibilities for ourselves, families, communities and the entire world. For that, she says, we need a new form of life — something she calls “non-knowing growing.” That’s the invitation of The Overweight Brain — offering a simple but radical departure — an approach to using all we are (and all we know) to make a better world.
Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download
- ASIN : B07FQR485T
- Publisher : East Side Institute Press; 1st edition (19 July 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 15628 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 718,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
4.9 out of 5
10 global ratings
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
Provocative and Inspiring!Reviewed in the United States on 11 December 2018
Hats off to Holzman for an inspiring read. My colleague, Barbara Silverman, a clinical social worker, and myself, a life performance coach, applaud Holzman. She provokes us right from the front cover to consider "how our obsession with knowing keeps us from getting smart enough to make a better world". Holzman invites us to embrace a new form of life called "non-knowing growing". This methodology helps us to challenge ourselves and our clients to co-create an environment to question knowing statements like..."that's just who I am" and "I can't do that because I don't know how to do that". Non-knowing growing frees us to create new kinds of performances in our lives.
2 people found this helpful
I am inspired!Reviewed in the United States on 13 June 2018
I love the way Lois Holzman writes about such sophisticated things in such a down to earth way! I often wonder how the world could be so messed up when we "know" so much ... and now I have a better understanding of the limits of "knowing." It's a book about serious things but the author is playful. I like the cartoons, photos and suggestions to "help you go broader and deeper," if that's what the reader wants to do. The book begins to answer a lot of questions I have had about why children don't learn in school, why so many people suffer from depression, why so many trusted institutions are failing us. The book has gotten me to think in new ways about new things! I am inspired!
3 people found this helpful
Create a New WorldReviewed in the United States on 5 December 2018
Holzman says, "It's a new day for the human brain. Every hour, it seems, cognitive and neuro-scientists are making new discoveries about the three-pound human organ that makes nearly everything about our lives possible. And in these very same hours, infants are being born into a world in which computers, the Internet and smart phones have transformed the kind of "brainwork" our daily lives require. Facts are now at our fingertips, literally. We're free." Free to set aside knowing about the world and create/perform a better world.
One person found this helpful
A must-read for anyone interested in the development of our speciesReviewed in the United States on 22 February 2019
Wonderful and important book that goes to the philosophical core of much of where our collective suffering, stuckness and inability to deal with the complexities of the world we have put in place stem from. "The overweight brain" is a courageous call for a conceptual revolution of the "separateness" our mainstream sciences and educational/psychological institutions are an expression of – separation of cognitive from emotional, body from mind, product from process, the individual from their socio-cultural environment, list goes on.. Written in a language that's warm, inviting and easy to grasp, It moves easily from the personal to the systemic, the simple to the deeply complex, and outlines a path forward driven by questions like: What can we build? What can we create? What can we organize? What can we grow? A must-read for anyone interested in the development of our species.
What it Will Take to Make a Better WorldReviewed in the United States on 8 October 2019
Lois Holzman has written a stunning book that calls us to move beyond our inherited ways of thinking, being, and acting, with an ultimate call to align our educational and other systems with the process-oriented ways that human beings actually come to know and grow. At the center of the book's argument is “how organized our lives are by the ideology of knowing and its institutionalization.” She underscores that we are in a world awash with knowledge, testing, and “diagnoses, assessments, evaluations, predictions and pontifications," but asks an incredibly compelling question about the ultimate effects all this prioritizing of dominant informational ways of knowing in so many of our educational systems and professional institutions has had on society: “are we any closer to peace within or between nation states, to bridging what educators call the achievement gap between white middle class children and minority and poor children, to eliminating poverty and hunger, to ending violence, to stopping the destruction of the planet”? Instead of emphasizing fixed products of knowledge (as well as fixing people with one-dimensional educational labels such as “smart” or “average” or litanies of fixed psychological types like “extraverted” or “introverted”) one solution lies in tapping into the very improvisational, interactive, and networked processes by which human development, the capacity for identity transformations, and many forms of knowing come to be in the first place. Knowledge is incredibly powerful and needed, but shouldn’t blind us from our inherent possibilities for growth and capacity to move beyond fixed positions and fixed knowledge. Filled with a lifetime of thoughts and tangible practices for overcoming so many problems that humanity faces, and blending together the insights of figures from Wittgenstein to Vygotsky, The Overweight Brain should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the big picture of what it will take to create better social worlds.