Some years ago my wife and I spent a wonderful long weekend with friends visiting wineries around Yakima WA. Rather than heading right back to Chicago we wandered west along the Columbia River to Portland for a day on our own. That always includes some quality time at Powell's City of Books. So easy to lose track of time in that massive candy store for the mind!
While getting organized to check out, deciding on a few books to carry home, my eye fell on This Will Make You Smarter, my introduction to the edge.org annual questions. That year’s question was “What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?”