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The Human Machine

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

1. 01 Taking Oneself for Granted
2. 02 Amateurs in the Art of Living
3. 03 The Brain as a Gentleman-at-Large
4. 04 The First Practical Step
5. 05 Habit-forming by Concentration
6. 06 Lord over the Noddle
7. 07 What 'Living' Chiefly Is
8. 08 The Daily Friction
9. 09 'Fire!'
10. 10 Mischievously Overworking It
11. 11 An Interlude
12. 12 An Interest in Life
13. 13 Success and Failure
14. 14 A Man and His Environment
15. 15 L. S. D.
16. 16 Reason! Reason!

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Bennett asks us to consider our brains as the most wonderful machine, a machine which is the only thing in this world that we can control. As he writes: "I am simply bent on calling your attention to a fact which has perhaps wholly or partially escaped you -- namely, that you are the most fascinating bit of machinery that ever was."As ever, his prose is honeyed, his thoughts inspired, and his advice as relevant today as when it was written. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)



Enjoyed this reading by Ruth Golding. Bennett's views are always interesting.