Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 Forgetting: Why You Won't Remember the Contents of This Book-Thereby Retaining the Most Important Information Chapter 2 Learning: Why We Are Bad at Rote Learning, but Better at Understanding the World Chapter 3 Memory: Why a False Memory Is Better Than None at All Chapter 4 Blackout: Why We Choke under Pressure and the Secret Formula for Fending off Stage Fright Chapter 5 Time: Why We Always Misjudge It-Thereby Forging Valuable Memories Chapter 6 Boredom: Why We Have Trouble Switching Ourselves off-and How Daydreams Evoke the Muse Chapter 7 Distraction: Why We Are so Flighty and Which Distractions Can Lead to More Creativity Chapter 8 Mathematics: Why the Brain Calculates Best without Numbers Chapter 9 Decisions: Why We Risk Too Much-and yet Still Choose Wisely Chapter 10 Selection: Why Choosing Is Akin to Torture-Though We Still Manage to Select the Right Option Chapter 11 Pigeonholing: How Prejudices Can Help Us, How They Can Harm Us-and How to Avoid Stereotypical Pitfalls Chapter 12 Motivation: How Our Inner Critic Limits Us-and How We Can Inspire Others Chapter 13 Creativity: Why We Can't Be Innovative at the Push of a Button-and yet We Always Have New Thoughts Chapter 14 Perfectionism: Why We Need Mistakes in Order to Improve
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Rick McIntyre has worked with the National Park Service for more than fifty years and has recorded more sightings of wild wolves than any other person. During one fifteen year period, he rose before dawn every day to observe the Yellowstone wolves. Now retired, he has spoken about the Yellowstone Wolves with news outlets such as 60 Minutes and NPR's Snap Judgement, and is profiled extensively in American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee. Robert Redford-actor, director, and producer-has been a passionate art and environmental activist since the early 1970s. He has been an advocate for climate change awareness, clean energy, and habitat protection for over forty years.
"Yellowstone's resident wolf guru Rick McIntyre has been many
things to many people: an expert tracker for the park's biologists,
an indefatigable roadside interpreter for visitors, and an
invaluable consultant to countless chronicles of the park's
wolves--including my own. But he is first and foremost a
storyteller whose encyclopedic knowledge of Yellowstone's wolf
reintroduction project--now in its 25th year--is unparalleled."
--Nate Blakeslee, author of the New York Times bestseller American Wolf
"[McIntyre] spins the best stories about wolves that anyone will
ever tell. No one could match it."
--Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist and project leader for the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project
"This book is your invitation and opportunity to spend years
inside Yellowstone National Park alongside the man who has spent
more time watching wolves than anyone in the history of the world.
As your patient teacher, he will show you that wolves are all
individuals, and that the lives they lead are truly epic."
--Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
"No one I know of has watched wild wolves longer or more closely
than Rick McIntyre. I also have met few who are as good at weaving
interesting stories from those unique observations. He witnessed
multi-generational sagas of victory, defeat, joy, and survival of
Shakespearean proportions among the most famous wolf packs on
--Ed Bangs, former US Fish & Wildlife Service Wolf Recovery Coordinator; led the reintroduction of Yellowstone wolves.
For many years I've thought that Rick McIntyre is the
'go-to-guy' for all things wolf, and his latest book, The Rise
of Wolf 8, amply confirms my belief. A must read--to which
I'll return many times--for anyone interested in wolves and other
nature. Wolves and humans are lucky to have Rick McIntyre."
--Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of Rewilding Our Hearts and Canine Confidential
"To follow the ever-changing destinies of the Yellowstone wolves
is to witness a real-life drama, complete with acts of bravery,
tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism. Rick McIntyre has monitored the
park's wolves since reintroduction. He once said, 'Certain wolves
that I have come to know, they are better at being wolves than I
have been at being a person.'"
--Jim and Jamie Dutcher, founders of Living with Wolves
"McIntyre has here written the captivating story of individual
wolves and their personalities in their natural setting of
competing with other packs, starting with those reintroduced into
Yellowstone Park. Their stories will become a classic in animal
behavior, with impacts reaching into ecology, conservation biology,
and comparisons to human social evolution. All is presented with
skill and verve to be accessible to a wide audience."
--Bernd Heinrich, PhD, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont and author of Mind of the Raven
"By absorbing himself in Yellowstone National Park and making
its wolves central in his life, Rick McIntyre has uncovered a rich
panoply of personality differences and social complexity in their
daily lives and activities. The inevitable result is to recast this
much-maligned species in a deeply sympathetic, compassionate, and
--John B. Theberge, PhD, wildlife ecologist, wolf biologist, and author of Wolf Country
"Rick's book is a testament to the irreplaceable value of direct
and long term observation of wild animals in their habitat. No
trick of modern technology will ever be able to catch the
subtleties of the messages sent by just a glance or the
sophisticated mechanisms of leadership in a wolf pack. This book
will tell you all this and much more: its contribution to wolf
biology is immense, for scientists as well as for wolf lovers."
--Luigi Boitani, Honorary Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnologies, University of Rome, Italy