How to Be HumanHow to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone. The question is: can our more empathetic side catch up in time to save us and the world? I've got nothing against smarts, but it's smarts without emotional awareness that got us into this position of being able to nuke each other into oblivion and rape the earth for oil. With a little help from a monk who tells us how our mind works and a neuroscientist who tells us how our brain works , Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby's own life, and backed up by smart science and practical mindfulness exercises, How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone.
How to Be Human: The Manual by Ruby Wax review – can mindfulness conquer all?
From the number one bestselling author of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact you're on all twos and not some fossil. We've started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. We're so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we don't think twice, we dump it. 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 from arriving, no matter what drugs we're on.
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L ike many comedians, Ruby Wax possesses an extraordinary flair for depicting the ugliness of modern life. In her latest book, she underscores the tragic irony that, in the western world, each of us will be approximately three times more likely to die from overeating than undereating, and far more likely to die by our own hands than those of terrorists. As a mental health advocate, Wax does not judge others harshly; in fact, she often lambasts herself, revealing her foibles as a spouse, as a parent, and as a personality. Expert in the art of public confession, Wax serves as a powerful model for the destigmatisation of psychological troubles. But unlike many humorists, Wax does not consider pungent self-mockery a sufficient remedy.