P. M. Forni, founder of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, is America's civility expert. In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught people the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness. Now, in The Thinking Life, he looks at the importance of thinking in our lives: how we do it, why we don't do enough of it, and why we need to do more of it.
Is it possible to know how much time you have left in your life? Through a series of short stories we explore the mysteries of time including how we even know what time it is. We visit one of the most famous clocks in the world, Big Ben, to see how they keep it running, and we meet a scientist who believes he is on the verge of being able to stop time. Ultimately we meet inventors who developed a device that supposedly reveals how much time you have left.