Not a joke: briefly at #1 on Amazon today was Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success, a book that claims to reveal the simple mathematical formulations that govern emotional life.
Publisher’s jacket copy: ” “Equations like “Despair = Suffering – Meaning” and “Happiness = Wanting What You Have/Having What You Want” (Which Chip presented at the prestigious TED conference) have been reviewed for mathematical and psychological accuracy by experts.”
NO. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN.
And yes, that even goes for —
Wait, are you sure you’re ready for this?
“Wisdom is the square root of experience.”
P.S. One of the Amazon reviews suggests that despite the inanity of the equations that give the book its hook, the actual text is reasonably good, standard, empirically supported self-help. The presence of blurbs by Daniel Goleman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi supports this hypothesis.