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Peter Gelfan

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Peter Gelfan is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance book editor. He was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York suburbs, and has lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont.

He wrote the screenplay for Cargo, Les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. Found Objects, his debut novel, came out in 2013. His latest novel, Monkey Temple, was published in February 2019.




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College Application Essays

Notes on Writing College Essays



A college essay isn’t just another writing assignment. A homework essay is practice. A college essay is the real thing: a piece of writing which will have an impact on the rest of your life. Think of it more as an audition or a job interview.
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Think Again by Adam M. Grant
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These are very important ideas. They’re not all new, but Grant has gathered together, in a handily accessible format, practical applications for changing others’ minds and, God forbid, our own. We are not designed/evolved to be flexible in our thinki ...more
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The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
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This book isn’t about just evolution. It presents a very different way of looking at just about everything, from global politics, economics, and religion to our own minds and morality. We are not here living in a world bound by laws and preordained b ...more
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Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow
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This book isn’t so much about how different parts of our brains process information in different ways for different purposes, which isn’t news anymore. Mlodinow’s book is about how as individuals we can put that cognitive diversity to better use. It’ ...more
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The Grand Biocentric Design by Robert Lanza
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The perennial controversy about which came first, consciousness or the physical universe, takes a new twist with this book (and its earlier forerunners by the same authors). Their approach, while stemming from the uber-physics of quantum theory and r ...more
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How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini
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This book bills itself as “A Global History of Philosophy,” yet while it does cover some history, it’s far more than that. It can also be read as a comparative survey of world philosophies, but it’s more than that, too. It calls into question our ent ...more
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The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis
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At one level, this book is a whiz-bang tour through emerging technologies that within years or a decade or two may radically change our lives, and it’s a fun, interesting read. The book’s premise goes deeper than that, though, to explain how convergi ...more
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What Should We Be Worried About? Real Scenarios That Keep Sci... by John Brockman
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This is another of Brockman’s Edge series of collections of answers to the book’s title question, in the form of short (1–4 pages) essays, by 140 or so of the world’s smartest and most independent thinkers. As always, the quick doses of insight are d ...more
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The Feeling of Life Itself by Christof Koch
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Koch tackles the “hard problem” of philosophy and neuroscience: consciousness. While some dispute that such a thing exists separate from or in addition to the neurological functions that enable us to deal with our bodies and environment, Koch gives c ...more
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Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
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The book begins with the history of the universe, as best understood by mainstream science, from its beginning through the emergence of life and humans. Then the author tackles consciousness, whose origins he believes, although he doesn’t insist, con ...more
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How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene
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This is an important and fascinating book for parents, teachers, education administrators and bureaucrats, and anyone who wants to learn anything, including children, teens, college students, people starting a new profession, and retirees hoping to m ...more
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