John Laurence Miller Mind Magic

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Mind Magic

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9780071433204: Mind Magic

The key to unleashing the mind's power, increased intelligence, and creativity

Widely considered one of the great thinkers of the 20th century, Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget did for intelligence and mental development what Freud did for personality. In Mind Magic, a former Piaget student builds upon his teacher's pioneering work to offer you a program for unleashing the power of your mind. The key, according to John Miller, is learning "mind consciousness," or how one thinks best. Combining problem-solving and learning techniques from a variety of fields, including psychology, education, and computer science, he shows you how to observe your mind at work and use that knowledge to:

  • Dramatically enhance the three aspects of intelligence crucial in the modern world: adaptability, creativity, and information management
  • Make logic and emotion work together
  • Gain the confidence needed to aim for higher intellectual achievement

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Considered one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget revolutionized our understanding of how the mind works and how people learn. During the course of his early experimental studies of childhood cognitive development, Piaget made the remarkable discovery that, contrary to received scientific wisdom, intelligence and creativity are not fixed at birth. Instead, he found that the young mind has an unlimited capacity for growth and adaptation. Even more sensational was his later discovery that this amazing mental faculty--nature's greatest gift to us and what sets us apart from all the other animals--is not something we lose when we grow up. Not only is this "mind magic" always with us, but it actually can grow stronger and more refined with age and experience.

The implications are staggering. Essentially, Piaget found that each of us has the seeds of genius within us. Imagine what you might accomplish--what you could become--if only you could reconnect with that mind magic and put it to work in your life. Well, now you can, as you'll discover in this groundbreaking book by former Piaget student John Laurence Miller, Ph.D.

Building upon Piaget's pioneering work, Dr. Miller offers you an easy and enjoyable program for unleashing your mind's potential. Not another one-size-fits-all technique for building memory or lateral thinking skills, the mind magic program arms you with proven tools for developing "mind consciousness"--the awareness of how your mind works and how you think and learn best. Using problem-solving and learning techniques drawn from psychology, education, and computer science, you'll learn to observe your mind in action and use the knowledge you gain to:

  • Dramatically enhance the three aspects of intelligence crucial to success in today's world: adaptability, creativity, and information management
  • Improve your focus and mental performance by making your emotions work in greater harmony with your intellect
  • Tap into your creative centers and increase your powers of innovation
  • Gain the confidence you need to aim for higher intellectual and professional achievement

Inspiring, informative, and practical, Mind Magic proves that every mind is capable of soaring to great heights.

"In this important book, John Laurence Miller offers fresh insight into the human mind that can help us all meet the stresses of everyday life and achieve our potential. Miller introduces readers to some of the most powerful concepts of important modern thinkers, particularly the noted developmental psychologist Jean Piaget but also Alvin Toffler, Arthur Koestler, Thomas Kuhn, and many others."
--John M. Morse, President and Publisher, Merriam-Webster Inc.

What do you and Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Aristotle, and Immanuel Kant all have in common? . . . Mind Magic!

One of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, psychologist Jean Piaget did for intelligence and mental development what Freud did for personality. Among his many revolutionary discoveries was that every mind that is and ever was--from Pythagoras's to Descartes's to Stephen Hawking's to yours--works according to the same principles. Even more incredible was his finding that the key to exceptional intellectual and creative achievement lies not so much in a person's genes (or in her stars) as in how she applies those principles in the real world.

In Mind Magic, Dr. Miller offers you a complete program to access the magic of your mind and put it to work in your life. Using fun, easy-to-use problem-solving and learning techniques, you'll learn to observe how your mind works and get a clearer picture of how you think and learn best. And you'll learn how to build on those insights to dramatically enhance adaptability, creativity, and information management--the three aspects of intelligence most crucial to success in the Information Age.

About the Author:

John Laurence Miller, Ph.D., studied under Jean Piaget in Switzerland in the 1970s. He received a doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, where he worked with Seymour Papert, the renowned computer science and artificial intelligence pioneer. He was a visiting scientist at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto. Dr. Miller is currently an independent consultant and an adjunct professor in the Applied Psychology Department at New York University.

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