How do magicians make us see the impossible? The Illusionist Brain takes you on an unforgettable journey through the inner workings of the human mind, revealing how magicians achieve their spectacular and seemingly impossible effects by interfering with your cognitive processes. Along the way, this lively and informative book provides a guided tour of modern neuroscience, using magic as a lens for understanding the unconscious and automatic functioning of our brains.
We construct reality from the information stored in our memories and received through our senses, and our brains are remarkably adept at tricking us into believing that our experience is continuous. In fact, our minds create our perception of reality by elaborating meanings and continuities from incomplete information, and while this strategy carries clear benefits for survival, it comes with blind spots that magicians know how to exploit. Jordi Cami and Luis Martinez explore the many different ways illusionists manipulate our attention and take advantage of our individual predispositions and fragile memories.
The Illusionist Brain draws on the latest findings in neuroscience to explain how magic deceives us, surprises us, and amazes us, and demonstrates how illusionists skillfully 'hack' our brains to alter how we perceive things and influence what we imagine.
This audiobook is fully sound-designed.
From Ellie Peterson, the author-illustrator of How to Hug A Pufferfish comes a timely new picture book about learning, exploration, and the ever-expanding definition of school.
Is school only one place?
Are there other classrooms?
In this charming, thoughtful audiobook, author-illustrator Ellie Peterson explores learning, adventure, and the thousands of the things you can discover outside of a classroom—about the world, about your family, about yourself. Because school is truly wherever you are.
A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press.
Eighteen Baffling True Crime Cold Cases - Solved! including;
Darkness Falls: A young girl walking home from a Halloween party is snatched from the street by two lowlife brothers. What happens next is pure evil.
Attack of the Killer Clown: A woman is gunned down on her doorstep by an assassin in a clown suit. The clues point to an unlikely suspect.
Haunted: Thirty years after a teenager's death, her killer finally breaks down and confesses, claiming he's being tormented by his victim's ghost.
Killing Ground: It was a short walk, along well-lit streets, through a quiet English village. But evil can lurk anywhere . . . and strike without warning.
Your Sins Will Find You: Killing was his business, rape and robbery his stock in trade. Eventually, though, your sins catch up with you.
Contains mature themes.
Two MIT economists show how game theory-the ultimate theory of rationality-explains irrational behavior
We like to think of ourselves as rational. This idea is the foundation for classical economic analysis of human behavior, including the awesome achievements of game theory. But as behavioral economics shows, most behavior doesn't seem rational at all-which, unfortunately, casts doubt on game theory's real-world credibility.
In Hidden Games, Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli find a surprising middle ground between the hyperrationality of classical economics and the hyper-irrationality of behavioral economics. They call it hidden games. Reviving game theory, Hoffman and Yoeli use it to explain our most puzzling behavior, from the mechanics of Stockholm syndrome and internalized misogyny to why we help strangers and have a sense of fairness.
Fun and powerfully insightful, Hidden Games is an eye-opening argument for using game theory to explain all the irrational things we think, feel, and do.
Eighteen Baffling True Crime Cold Cases-Solved! including;
The Darkest Shade of Evil: Two little girls go missing from the mall. What happens to them is beyond your most terrifying nightmares.
Cold-Blooded: Karen was the former wife of an American icon. But celebrity is no shield against a determined psychopath.
The Janitor: When a preteen girl goes missing from a school, suspicion falls on the one person all of the female students are wary of-the creepy janitor.
Neighborhood Monster: It was a simple errand, a quick run to the store in a safe neighborhood. It should not have cost a little girl her life.
Plus ten more horrific true murder cases.
Contains mature themes.
Eddie Morales finds his lowly R&D life completely upended when his Boise-based biotech firm dispatches him to Puerto Malogrado, a tiny but tumultuous country in South America where the international media is accusing their experimental potatoes of causing a bizarre medical crisis. Eddie unwillingly arrives in South America only to find his plans for a quick resolution thwarted when he gets caught between the two sides of an impending revolution, each hoping to capitalize on the potato scandal in order to seize power. Eddie stumbles into a conspiracy that reveals just how far his company will go to advance its potato empire. He is forced to make a choice. What-and who-will he sacrifice to preserve his own future in this brave new world of biotechnology?
One of the first books to explore this influential spiritual and magical tradition, covering its philosophy while also providing a practical hands-on guide.
Espiritismo is the Spanish word for Spiritism or Spiritualism, spiritual traditions that emerged to great popularity in the US following the Civil War.
In the US and Canada, Spiritualism's primary focus was on communication between the living and the dead. The spiritual tradition traveled around the world, especially in Latin America, where it evolved in different ways.
The Puerto Rican influence on modern Western magic is profound but largely unheralded. Beginning in the early twentieth century, Puerto Rican immigrants to the US introduced Espiritismo to the US spiritual landscape, strongly affecting the way magic was practiced. Hector Salva's book places Puerto Rican Espiritismo in this broader perspective.
Ernesto Cisneros, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Efrén Divided, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways. A great next pick for readers who loved Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.
Isaac and Marco already know sixth grade is going to change their lives. But it won’t change things at home—not without each other’s help.
This year, star basketball player Isaac plans on finally keeping up with his schoolwork. Better grades will surely stop Isaac’s parents from arguing all the time. Meanwhile, straight-A Marco vows on finally winning his father’s approval by earning a spot on the school’s basketball team.
But will their friendship and support for each other be enough to keep the two boys from falling short?
Lox has made friends and gotten a good start to his new life in WoM.
After spending some time hunting down the remnants of the pirate fleet, Lox is guided by Vannessa down to the Kingdom of Sails. There he gets swept up a quest that will shake this kingdom to its core.
Sailing his ship, the Audacious, Lox embraces a life of the high seas and explores this strange realm nestled in one of the most beautiful and enormous archipelagoes in any world.
What connects a massacre in a Blockbuster video store in 1999 with the murder of four teenagers fifteen years later? It's New Year's Eve of 1999 when four teenagers working late are attacked at a Blockbuster video store in New Jersey. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again. Fifteen years later, four more teenagers are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive. In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre, who is forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother of the fugitive accused, who is convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI agent Sarah Keller, who must delve into the secrets of both nights to uncover the truth about the night shift murders... 'A terrific thriller, tautly written with compelling characters. I was totally hooked' PETER JAMES 'Wow, this is crime fiction at its best. Instantly immersive, pacy and propulsive, and full of surprises. Alex Finlay is the real deal, believe me' LEE CHILD