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Erling Kagge

Silence: In the Age of Noise

by Erling Kagge

Silence: In the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge

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In the modern world, noise is inescapable. Managing noise and finding silence can change our foundational philosophies on life.

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Silence: In the Age of Noise

by Erling Kagge

Silence: In the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge

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Humans live with constant noise. Our phones ring with infinite notifications and cars honk as we sit in traffic. Noise is in the racing anxieties at the back of our minds and in the music we blast on our commutes. These endless stimuli fill our brains, overpowering everything else with noise. For many, constant noise is a comforting distraction. True silence can be scarier than any noise.

After a lifetime of exploring the deepest reaches of nature, Erling Kagge is now a master of living in and with silence. Kagge's curated philosophy might have originated from the wilds, but it is needed more than ever to survive today's world of constant connection, distraction, and noise.

Silence: In the Age of Noise, published in 2017, explores and expands our understanding of silence, asking what silence is, where it can be found, and why it is more important now than ever before.

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"I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I know now it's possible to reach silence anywhere."

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