How Not To Be Wrong

The power of mathematical thinking By: Jordan Ellenberg Published: 2014 Read: 2017 Summary: About the application of mathematical reasoning in research, social sciences and everyday life. Mixing the history of a number of fundamental mathematical discoveries (such as probability theory,

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The Sentient Machine

The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence By: Amir Husain Published: 2017 Read: 2018 Summary: A practical scan of the current state of AI written by a serial entrepreneur. The book provides a bird’s eye view of applications in a number

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On Intelligence

How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines By: Jeff Hawkins Published: 2004 Read: 2017 Summary: How does the brain work, specifically the (neo)cortex, and what is intelligence. Its central theorem is

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Prediction Machines

The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence By: Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb Published: 2018. Read: 2019. Summary: The basic argument is that AI (or machine learning) is mostly about better and cheaper “prediction”: the ability to use information you

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The Laws of Medicine

Field Notes from an Uncertain ScienceBy: Siddhartha MukherjeePublished: 2015 Read: 2020 Summary: Despite the increasing accuracy of medical tests and other advances, much of modern medicine still takes place under conditions of incomplete information and uncertainty, partly because more complex

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The Master and His Emissary (Part 1)

The divided brain and the making of the Western worldBy: Iain McGilchristPublished: 2009 Read: 2020 Summary: The two hemispheres of our brain (left and right) differ in coherent neuropsychological, anatomical, physiological and chemical ways.Part 1 explores how differences between the left

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Waking Up

A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion By: Sam Harris Published: 2014 Read: 2019 Summary: Many people have had spiritual experiences. Altered states of consciousness characterized by feelings such as self-transcending love, awe, ecstasy or bliss. Trying to make sense of

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence By: Michael Pollan Published: 2018 Read: 2019 Summary: Over the past two decades, science has renewed its interest in the potential benefits of “psychedelic therapy”

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