How to Be Human: The Manual
by Ruby Wax
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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IN THE NUMBER ONE OF THE AUTHOR OF THE BEST SELLER EREINTED*Three encounters between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sound like the setting up of a jokeInstead it has produced one of the most fascinating, fascinating and informative books on spirits and bodies and brains and attention that I have ever met.A triangulation on what it means to be humanTotally legible and surprisingly wiseNeil GaimanHow Being Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a guide for those in despair.It is in fact for all living beings, for the curious, or disillusioned or confused or simply happy.Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are today the kings of the Magi.Joanna LumleyWith this wonderful book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging authors in the field of mental health, happiness and fulfillment.Stephen FryIt took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now.No way, someone to read what won the evolution of the Hunger Games by the fact that you two are both and not some fossilsThis should make us all the happiest of all living species, most of us are not, which went wrong.We began to treat ourselves more like machines and less and less like human beings.We are so much used for upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one that just came out, we didn’t think twice, we have a dump.(Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if it’s new, it’s better.)We can’t stop the future of the arrival, no matter what the drugs we are doing.But even if almost every part of us becomes robotic, we will still, I cross our fingers, have our minds, which I hope we can use it for things like compassion, rather than hunting what is “better”, and if we can do it, we are on the road of yellow bricks for happiness.I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also allows some of the mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us “us” in the brain.We’ve been telling
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