rEvolution: How to Thrive in Crazy Times

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Written by Debbie Carter on 1 May 2010 in Review
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A book which provides us with nine chapters, or rules, that help us to develop new mental resilience.

Bill Lucas

Crown House Publishing

ISBN 978-1-8459-0129-5

Paperback £12.99

Clearly, Charles Darwin was on Bill Lucas's mind when he started writing his new book rEvolution. After all, it was the bi-centennial anniversary of Darwin's birth last year and everywhere you looked there were exhibitions,programmes and new books onthe great man's work. But if you buy a copy thinking it's simply an application of Darwinian theory to modern times, you'll be pleasantly surprised as it covers much more than this.

Lucas argues that "change itself is changing" and that the pace of change is so fast that we struggle to keep up. This premise is not new but he says that we should no longer even try to keep up but, rather, adopt and develop new mental strategies or mindsets to help us cope in this increasingly complex world.

Key features of this new mindset are personal intuition, noticing, questioning and imagining. Synthesising our learning and moving it from one area to another is also a major element of future success and survival.

His book provides us with nine chapters, or rules, that help us to develop this new mental resilience: Change is changing; Real change is internal not external; Slowdown; We can all change the way we see the world; We can all learn how to change more effectively; No one can make you change; Sometimes it's smart to resist; Use the brainpower of those around you, and Make up your own rules.

Lucas argues that, by discarding or unlearning old habits and learning new ones, we can adapt to the world around us and the challenges it presents. He uses technology to illustrate how it has changed our mindsets: development of the web, for example, has enabled our thinking to be shared, examined and explained in a matter of moments and across continents. It also enables us to spot trends and patterns that in the past would have remained unnoticed.

He believes we have reached a tipping point in the evolution of the human brain as we have had to adapt to the consequences of technology in our lives. And while many of us may think that technology is largely responsible for our current pace of living, he believes that, used wisely, it can give us the time and resources to be more reflective and better able to find solutions to life's problems.

While some of the theoretical content of this book isn't new, Lucas gives it a twist and gets you thinking about ideas differently. If you're looking for an entertaining and thought-provoking book on how we should be approaching change and learning in the 21st century, this could be it.

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