I’m a big fan of geeky “applied science” books. You know the ones – Malcolm Gladwell, et al. – where they intersect some cultural or other phenomenon with scientific research for an “aha!” moment.
One of my long-term favorites is Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence. And when the incident I talk about in this guest post happened, his explanation of how Broca’s Area in the brain functions to ration our capacity for attention came immediately to mind.
A big thanks to my friend Sylvia Browder for allowing me to riff on this idea in her sandbox.