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Fluke : chance, chaos, and why everything we do matters / Brian Klaas.

In the perspective-altering tradition of Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point and Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan comes a provocative challenge to how we think our world works - and why small chance events can divert our lives and change everything, by social scientist and Atlantic writer Brian Klaas. If you could rewind your life to the very beginning and then press play, would everything turn out the same? Or could making an accidental phone call or missing an exit off the highway change not just your life but history itself? And would you remain blind to the radically different possible world you unknowingly left behind? In Fluke, myth-shattering social scientist Brian Klaas deep-dives into the phenomenon of randomness, dismantling our neat and tidy storybook version of events to reveal a reality far wilder and more fascinating than we've ever dared to consider. The bewildering truth is that but for a few incidental changes, our lives - and our societies - would be radically different. Offering an entirely new lens, Fluke explores how our world really works, driven by strange interactions and apparently random events. How did one couple's vacation cause 100,000 people to die? Does our decision to hit the snooze button in the morning radically alter the trajectory of our lives? And has the evolution of humans been inevitable, or are we simply the product of a series of freak accidents? Drawing on social science, chaos theory, history, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Klaas provides a brilliantly fresh look at why things happen - all while providing mind-bending lessons on how we can live smarter, be happier, and lead more fulfilling lives. -- Provided by dustjacket.

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  • ISBN: 9781668006528
  • ISBN: 1668006529
  • Physical Description: ix, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-305) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Introduction -- 2. Changing Anything Changes Everything -- 3. Everything Doesn't Happen for a Reason -- 4. Why Our Brains Distort Reality -- 5. The Human Swarm -- 6. Heraclitus Rules -- 7. The Storytelling Animal -- 8. The Lottery of Earth -- 9. Everyone's a Butterfly -- 10. Of Clocks and Calendars -- 11. The Emperor's New Equations -- 12. Could It Be Otherwise? -- 13. Why Everything We Do Matters -- Acknowledgments -- Endnotes -- Index.
Subject: Chance > Social aspects.
Chaotic behavior in systems.
Conduct of life.
Social psychology.

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