Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Review: 'Chaos me! The Unbelievably Funny and Smart Story of How Randomness Improves Your Brain' by Yaron Ilan M.D.

Chaos me! The Unbelievably Funny and Smart Story of How Rando... by Yaron Ilan M.D.


‘Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature’ – Eric Hoffer

Author Dr. Yaron Ilan earned his post-graduate training at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and was a visiting professor at Harvard University. He is now Director of the Department of Medicine at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Widely published in medical journals Yaron has founded biotech firms such as Oberon Sciences, which advances the use of randomness to improve life efficacy.

By writing CHAOS ME! Yaron Ilan enters the realm of significant authors who not only offer input on a scientific basis but also add luster to their message by a polished sense of humor. As he opines in his Introductory comments, ‘This is not a philosophical boo, even if it does quote some philosophers. It is not a self-help book, even though it may help you, nor a super-smart gook about physics, even if it contains some wisdom form that field. It is not a how-to-succeed-in-life book. There have been too many of those…There will be no conclusions. Recipes for success my exist, but I’ll make the claim they are not universal…This book is about finding a way to get around that obstacle by seeking improvement through chaos. Chaos improves how neurons connect in the brain, improves creativity by allowing focus on the bigger picture rather than the details, opening a new landscape of ways we can improve our lives.’

And from that stance the book blossoms into one of the most innovative and entertaining postulates about the value of chaos in reordering our thinking and our responses to life. It is a celebration of our brains’ ability to adapt to change – no matter how seemingly irrational and chaotic those deviations from expected regiment may be. 

A marriage of science, philosophy, and survey of IT and cyber space, all related in one of the most hilarious and entertaining examinations of the value of ‘chaos’ imaginable. This is a refreshing book that deserves very wide readership.








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