That Sense Of Wonder


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if you are feeling weighed down by grown up concerns, but equally don’t want to be childish or plaster on false optimism or cheerfulness.

A quick summary

Francesco Dimitri shares the crunch point he reached in his mid-thirties – feeling increasingly gloomy about the state of the world, burdened with everyday concerns, disappointed with with the outcomes of his projects, and entirely lacking his former sense of wonder. Unwilling to conclude that wonder is just a ‘childish thing’, he undertook a new  project: to reignite that sense of wonder as an adult. That Sense of Wonder is both playful and serious – with tasks to undertake, in the style of a quest. Dimitri brings together philosophy, neuroscience, folklore, literature and his own rekindled wonder in this appealing and life enhancing book.


Publisher’s description:

How to reclaim wonder in our lives and achieve the good life? All of us experience a sense of wonder at some point in our lives. Perhaps you felt it when you experienced your first kiss; when you grasped the perfectly balanced beauty of an equation; or when you first saw the rose windows of Chartres Cathedral? Whatever the circumstances that triggered the feeling, you were left speechless by this extraordinary world of ours.

We may speak different languages, cling to different ideas about politics, religion and love – but a longing for wonder connects us all through space and time. Wonder is the impulse behind scientific and philosophical inquiry, artistic creativity and spiritual yearning. It is the most fruitful human sense: firing our curiosity; inspiring us to hope and dream.

But our sense of wonder – that feeling we had as children seeing the Milky Way for the first time – gets used up. Faced with the practical demands of adulthood, we trade a sense of wonder for a sense of reality, which all too often brings anxiety and unhappiness in its wake. By exploring the nature of wonder in many areas of human experience, from the natural world to the spirit world, from science to storytelling, Francesco Dimitri reveals how we can reclaim our sense of wonder – not to become children again, but to become happier and more fulfilled adults, better equipped to face the challenges of modern life.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 246 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 22 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781786699909


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