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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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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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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“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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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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Permanent Record

By: Edward Snowden Published: 2019 Read: 2020 Summary: Over the past twenty years or so, the US intelligence community switched from targeted surveillance of individuals to the mass surveillance of populations and collected much of global digital communications, made possible

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