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  • Title: Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing
  • Author: Jamie Holmes
  • ISBN: 9780385348379
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover

  • An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels overwhelming and chaotic than ever Whether it s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty And we re continually bombarded with informatiAn illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels overwhelming and chaotic than ever Whether it s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty And we re continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory Managing ambiguity in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives is quickly becoming an essential skill Yet most of us don t know where to begin As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances We re hard wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies This can be useful, of course When a tiger is chasing you, you can t be indecisive But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective In other words, confusion that uncomfortable mental place has a hidden upside We just need to know how to use it This lively and original book points the way Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage Filled with illuminating stories from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka s ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know It s how we deal with what we don t understand.
    Jamie Holmes
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    Based solely on the title, "Nonsense" is a tough book to get through in a conceptional manner. Jamie Holmes set himself up with a daunting task: "I'll hope to convince you of a simple claim: in an increasingly complex, unpredictable world, what matters most isn't IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know. It's how we deal with what we don't understand." Excellent, that sounds extremely intriguing! Except, then he launches into examples using Mad Libs, 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Waco B [...]

    Amy Neftzger
    This book brings together several different cognitive theories to help understand how different individuals deal with ambiguous information. While some individuals have a high need for context, others are more comfortable when new information doesn't neatly fit into their current understanding of the world. This is a great book for learning how to understand different points of view and how some individuals choose to interpret events differently from others.Note I received a free ARC of this tit [...]

    Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes is a review of literature dealing with the topic of ambiguity – how and why we avoid it, what happens when we do, and why it's important to embrace it. The premise of the book is clear. However, the structure of the book is more focused on diverse examples rather than its overall paradigm.Read my complete review at: memoriesfrombooks/2015Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program

    Holmes' Nonsense should be titled Ambiguity, or perhaps Uncertainty, and I can only guess that those titles do not poll as well, since the word "nonsense" is used only in the introduction and never again, whereas ambiguity and uncertainty dominate the text. That might seem a trivial distinction, but it's actually pretty important to me. Nonsense is information of little value -- data without meaning. Ambiguity is data with meaning but without a clear conclusion. And it is ambiguity that Holmes' [...]

    Casey Schmitz
    I received this book through a First Reads giveaway.Nonsense is built on the relatively intuitive concept that humans are not, as a general rule, fantastic at dealing with ambiguity. As it goes with so many of our evolutionary specialties, our relationship with uncertainty has a tendency to enrich us while simultaneously tormenting us. On one hand, our ability to form patterns and filter out unnecessary information is a tremendous advantage in maximizing brain-space. On the other hand, our dist [...]

    From start to finish, Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing is a highly readable, engrossing book that explains how important it is to be able to deal with ambiguity, and not to be always seeking closure. Author Jamie Holmes points out early in the book that successfully dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty does not require a high IQ, but requires that one learns to master the emotional challenge of figuring out what to do when one has no idea what to do. He states that he hopes to convince the r [...]

    Leland Beaumont
    After the destruction of hurricane Hugo caused 24 counties in South Carolina to be declared disaster areas, there was a sharp increase in both marriages and divorces among couples affected by the storm. Apparently the disruption of the disaster caused many couples to reappraise their uncertain romantic relationships and seek comfort in a new certainty.This book explores the many important human effects of ambiguity. One thesis of the book is that after experiencing physiologically acute threats, [...]

    Nonsense was hyped as a book for those, like me, who like Malcolm Gladwell's writing so I was enticed. And it is like Gladwell's books in that Jamie Holmes includes a lot of examples that draw the reader in and allow us to understand through stories, the concept he is conveying.For example, "we all have an innate ability to form impressions based on limited information… Our urge for resolution is vital both for managing complexity and for learning." Holmes uses examples to explain what he mean [...]

    I got this as a Giveaway and read it out loud with my husband. We both thought it was a very intriguing premise. It's core thesis is how we deal with ambiguity in our lives. It outlines how humans have a natural tendency for the most part to try to eliminate ambiguity as much as possible. To search for answers and not just answers but to remove doubt. Over the course of several chapters Mr. Holmes shows how individuals who are more comfortable with ambiguity and not made anxious by it are able [...]

    Thomas Emerson
    Jamie Holmes's Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing is brilliant. I was expecting it to be somewhat dry, as nonfiction often is, but it was a fast read. This is partly due to the fact that Holmes expresses and elaborates on psychological and cognitive studies through real life applications and events. Often I would pause after reading an argument Holmes makes because I can remember times in my life that I was affected by the principles described in the book. Nonsense was both thought provoking and [...]

    "You are not so singular in your suspicions that you know but little. The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know. . . . Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough."I have always loved the preceding John Adams quote, written in a letter to his granddaughter Caroline. I struggle with feeling that I know less as time goes on, especially when it seems that most everyone around me is so certain about everything! No [...]

    Gaylord Dold
    Holmes, Jamie. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, Crown Publishers, New York, 2015 (322pp.$27)“It is time for writers to admit that nothing in this world makes sense,” Chekhov wrote to a friend. “Only fools and charlatans think they know and understand everything…and if an artist decides to declare that he understands nothing of what he sees—this in itself constitutes a considerable clarity…” What Chekhov the artist knew instinctively is now confirmed by a half-century of research [...]

    Azita Rassi
    Beautifully written, brilliantly organized, and very thought-provoking.

    As a father, I live a life of constant uncertainty mixed with devastating responsibility. Jamie Holmes has written a rather intriguing book for people of my sort: Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing. In this book, Holmes reveals the natural reactions our brains have when faced with uncertainty, demonstrates the potential dangers of situations where we don't have all the answers, and explores possible benefits of not knowing.Holmes has researched this topic thoroughly, but spares us the grind. Ins [...]

    Russell Bittner
    “‘Uncertainty is the engine of science” (p. 177).Uncertainty, ambiguity, ambivalence: these are the subjects of Jamie Holmes’s treatise, and he takes pains to make us understand the value of each not only in the realm of science and art, but even in business. It’s an interesting series of hypotheses, and I felt on quite familiar turf with the statistics and multiple case studies Holmes draws upon using the standard tools of Experimental Psychology. (No accident, perhaps, given that Hol [...]

    My wife once told me that I had a low tolerance for ambiguity. This was many years ago and I am proud to say that I am much more open to the unknown than I was then. It has occurred to me that my love of poetry has always been a way to welcome ambiguity into my life. But this is also the reason so many people hate poetry. Because as a species, humans loathe the unknown. We want right answers and simple solutions. But what I always told my writing students (both in argumentative and creative writ [...]

    Lydia Trefz
    It started out amazing, i couldn't put it down. So much so that I told all my friends about this exciting new book I found and the captivating stories I had read so far. But then about a quarter to halfway through story after interesting story and then not so interesting stories it became pointless and redundant. To be honest I couldn't even finish the last bit, it became so boring. He kept saying the same thing over and over and over I swear he even told the same exact story twice. Or maybe i f [...]

    A fascinating book. One, I think, worth going back and studying, now that I’ve finished an initial read, to consolidate my understanding of key takeaways and contemplate best practices for applying them.The book’s contents, in brief, as pulled from the prologue:“This book argues that we manage ambiguity poorly and that we can do better.”Part 1 “lay[s] the groundwork.”Part 2 “focuses on the hazards of denying ambiguity” in personal, professional, business, and organizational situa [...]

    Margaret Sankey
    Popular science writing explication of studies dealing with peoples' reaction to disruptions in pattern or ambiguity--doomsday cults get stronger when the end time doesn't happen, people get angry when the colors on playing cards are reversed (or when there is no ranch dressing), natural disasters spur waves of weddings. All of this, for me, points to the primary goal of higher education being not confronting students with *an* answer, but giving people the tools and practice to tolerate high de [...]

    Eh, this book was OK; kind of all over the place but had some interesting tidbits, like the stuff about how language affects one's perspective. Too pop-sciency for my taste. Relied on too many anecdotes, as well as quotations from famous dead writers about ambiguity/uncertainty, and too many fishy conclusions drawn from such. Seemed maybe like a bunch of Atlantic articles strung together. But, it was a quick bedtime read. (As others have noted, the title is all wrong - it should have been "The P [...]

    This has a few main premises: 1) People do not like uncertainty - like all human traits this varies from one person to the next in regards to how much this affects them. 2) From a business point of view making decisions based in uncertainty is problematic. People generally are in a hurry to bring closure to a problem and are likely to make rash decisions. 3) As a decision maker it is very important to constantly be aware of your state of mind at all times. If you do this you might be OK with acc [...]

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Nonsense is an exploration of how powerful it can be to not-know, which sounds a little out-there and, of course, it is, and it's full of wonderful paradoxes that will zing your brain one-two, one-two.

    The book, like the title is mostly none sense.An interesting story here and there but keep the title on your shelf and read it tomorrow, always tomorrow.

    Alysyn Reinhardt
    Review coming soon

    Jim Razinha
    I had this on my List because I requested it for an advanced read a couple of years ago - wasn't selected - and decided to jump off a couple of other parallel tracks now to check it out. It's been my experience that lot of books like this could be reduced to a three page tract. Not so this one, but it could have been cut at least in half. I found the connection of too many of the stories - and there are a lot of stories - to the purported points rather tenuous. State a conclusion, stretch someth [...]

    Danielle T
    In a "post-fact" society, does it matter whether we know something or not? Although Nonsense was published before even primary season took place, this was an unintentionally timely read. I personally tend to prefer knowing versus the unknown, so learning the uses of and embracing (or at least feeling comfortable with) not knowing seems relevant, too. In general, Nonsense is a very readable book, perfect for the popular science reader but well-cited with extensive end notes (on a stylistic note, [...]

    Dylan Blanchard
    "How well do you deal with unstructured problems, and how well do you deal with new situations?"This book played around with ambiguity, uncertainty, and dug deep into exploring a person's need for closure. What I found to be the most interesting bit was how influenced we can be when we feel uncertain, or a situation is ambiguous. Noises or disruptions can change how we would react if those influences were not there, and this quote sums it up: Dwelling calmly among feelings of uncertainty, to be [...]

    Rachel Jerdin
    I bought this book at Powell's in Portland, Oregon. The title and back cover enthused me. Actually, it was quite good. There are wonderful case studies used to present his argument that ambiguity is good for creativity, growth and empathy. The more open you are to not knowing everything, the more likely you will learn more, work better with people who don't agree with you and more accepting of other people. They gave a great example of young children who are Jewish and Muslim in class together. [...]

    Susan Beamon
    Ambiguity. Uncertainty. Unpredictable. Chaos. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. It is a charming little book that covers an important topic in a very readable form. What are the dangers and uses of not knowing something. This book attempts to tell you without suggesting you need to change your response to uncertainty. Just being aware of how ambiguity effects your actions and belief system is really all you need. I like reading books on current scientific research. This bo [...]

    Another nonfiction book in the mold of Malcolm Gladwell. There's a semi-counterintuitive thesis, offered in a politically neutral tone, established through a carefully constructed tapestry of anecdote, history, and social science data. My brain no longer likes this formula and doesn't trust those who deploy it. The authors in this genre are competent researchers and skilled writers, but they seem more interested in producing clever narratives than in excavating hard truths. They avoid digging to [...]

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