Nonsense: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Nonsense containing key details about the book.

What is Nonsense About?

"Nonsense" by Jamie Holmes is a book that explores the role that nonsense and irrational thinking play in our lives and the benefits they can bring.

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In Nonsense, the author shows that being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We’re hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can’t be indecisive.

Summary Points & Takeaways from Nonsense

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book include:

* Nonsense can serve as a source of creative inspiration, helping us to think outside of the box and generate new ideas.

* Nonsense can also play a role in social bonding and communication, as it often elicits laughter and shared experiences.

* Nonsense can also serve as a means of coping with stress, uncertainty, and difficult emotions, providing a sense of humor and perspective.

* Nonsense can also challenge our conventional ways of thinking and encourage us to question our assumptions, leading to greater understanding and personal growth.

* Nonsense can serve as a form of resistance against dominant ideologies and cultural norms, providing a space for alternative perspectives and unconventional ideas.

* Overall, the book argues that nonsense and irrational thinking are not just a source of entertainment, but also play an important role in our personal and social lives, providing benefits such as creativity, humor, and critical thinking.

Who is the author of Nonsense?

Jamie Holmes is an American author. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Slate, among many other publications. Holmes has written two books.

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Book details

  • Print length: 336 pages
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology, Science

What are the chapters in Nonsense?

Chapter 1 The Resolving Mind: How Sense Making Works
Chapter 2 The Hidden A's: The Secrets of Sense Making
Chapter 3 Shocks and Tremors: The Problem with Urgency
Chapter 4 Fifty Days in Texas: Why Intentions Are Misread
Chapter 5 Overtested USA: When to Resist Momentum
Chapter 6 The Hemline Hassle: A Strategy of Ignorance
Chapter 7 Building a Better Ducati: The Uses of Uncertainty
Chapter 8 The Puzzle Man: Where to Find Hidden Answers
Chapter 9 The Art of Contradiction: What Diversity Offers

What is a good quote from Nonsense?

Top Quote: “What counts, then, isn’t so much success or failure but whether we stay in learning mode, continue to seek out ambiguity, and view uncertainty as the doorway to invention.” (Meaning) - Nonsense Quotes, Jamie Holmes

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: "This isn't really about 'nonsense,' as in silliness, but about ambiguity—when it's helpful, when it's not; and how people react to it for good or ill... The many fans of the work of Malcolm Gladwell... will enjoy this readable and thought-provoking work." — Library Journal (starred)

* The editor of this summary review made every effort to maintain information accuracy, including any published quotes, chapters, or takeaways. If you're interested in furthering your personal development, I invite you to check out my list of favorite personal development books page. On this page, you'll find a curated list of books that have personally impacted my life, each with a summary and key lessons.

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Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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