The End of Average

How We Succeed in a World That Values SamenessBy: Todd RosePublished: 2016 Read: 2020 Summary: Minimizing errors. Businesses, schools and governments assess people based on their relationship to the average. Using the group average to determine the norm (type), they

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Prepared

What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life.By: Diane Tavenner Published: 2019 Read: 2020 Summary: What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? What is the best way to pursue these interests (and contribute to society)? Schools are typically

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Influence

The Psychology of Persuasion By: Robert B. Cialdini Published: 1984 Read: 2019 Summary: When we make decisions, for various reasons (lack of time, uncertainty, complexity, etc.), we rely on short-cuts: conditioned, automatic responses. This book explores six mechanisms (reciprocation, consistency,

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The Happiness Hypothesis

Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom By: Jonathan Haidt Published: 2005. Read: 2019 (again). Summary: Formulating and pursuing meaningful goals in life can be difficult. We often have (overly) negative views (a negative bias can be helpful in identifying threats

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Anaerobics (Pre-Publication Booklet)

Intensity, Strength, Freedom, and Health Pre-publication Introduction By: Mark Baker Published: 2020 Read: 2020 Summary: Anaerobics proposes that most of the problems of human health come from being too domesticated. We are no longer exposed to the challenges that kept

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Factfulness

Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.By: Hans Rosling (with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund) Published: 2018 Read: 2020 Summary: The world is much better. The world is awful. The

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“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”

Adventures of a curious characterBy: Richard P. Feynman Published: 1985 Read: 2020 Summary: A collection of anecdotes from the life of Richard Feynmann, the Nobel prize winning physicist. Or, what happens when you turn stubborness, curiosity, raw intelligence and fun

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At Home in the Universe

The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity By: Stuart Kaufman Published: 1995 Read: 2018 Summary: This book describes the discovery of (self-)organization in nature and its role in the emergence of (the evolution of) life. How does order

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Linked

The New Science of Networks By: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Published: 2002. Read: 2019. Summary: The central thesis of this book is that in order to understand how complex systems work, you can’t just study its ever smaller parts. Understanding its parts

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