Wired for Survival

  • by Margaret M. Polski
  • Narrated by Diane Havens
  • 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Drawing on cutting-edge research in the neurosciences, Wired for Survival illuminates the surprising security implications of rapid change in the emerging economies and develops practical, technically sound ways to face the challenges of global change.
Researcher and consultant Margaret M. Polski begins by uncovering the remarkable neurobiological underpinnings of policy. Polski reveals why the most effective political and economic policies are codified not in law, treaty, or culture, but in the networks embedded in our bodies and brains...and how protecting our prosperity requires us to adapt those networks to radically new realities.
Next, Polski applies these fresh insights to three critical security issues: how best to defend our national interests; to take offensive action to protect our interests; and to strengthen our financial system. Finally, she provides "rules for the road" that can be applied to a world of problems: how best to compete in global markets; to build stronger, more secure communities; to manage energy and other key resources; to invest in and secure critical infrastructure; to address the structural impacts of trade; and to manage tomorrow's catastrophes, both natural and man-made.
As a political economist, executive, government advisor, and consultant, Polski has spent more than two decades devising strategies for surviving change in the global political economy. Now, drawing on the breakthrough research in social neuroscience, she offers insights that will help you thrive, not just survive!

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What the Critics Say

"A longtime political economist at the forefront of the interdisciplinary field of neuroeconomics, Polski's iconoclastic treatment of orthodox economic models (which treat people like "hyper-rational Vulcan brainiac Mr. Spock") combined with her witty observational style ("our brains are like jazz musicians in search of a good groove") opens up this important but complex survey of modern decision-making and its pitfalls in the face of the world's thorniest problems." (Publishers Weekly)

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interesting, but ...

the book is read as if it's computer generated making it hard to consume. the info is good, just hard to get past the narrater.
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- Joseph Rehana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios