What Are Your Favorite Books That Changed the Way You Think?

“You are not so Smart” by David McRaney is a great psychology book about how humans delude themselves.

“Mindwise" by Nicholas Epley is another good book if you want to learn about how we understand what others think, believe and want.

And of course buy an ebook that contains all Sherlock Holmes original stories and read them. You will learn a lot about problem solving and you will enjoy the adventures of the best character in literature.

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Okay so I might be a few years late jumping on this bandwagon, but thought my book recommendation would help expand the knowledge base of this community.

Pride and Prejudice is by far the best book ever.

(That book recommendation was written with sarcasm.)

Honestly I think How To Win Friends and Influence People has been one of the most helpful books I’ve read, if only I could remember everything in it…

I enjoyed “Quiet” by Susan Cain. It empowers us introverts to capitalize on where we are best without succumbing the social stigma that is imposed on the solitary and contemplative lifestyle.

“Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
I really like it.
its a good read!

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Have never thought about using a bank machine the same way again since reading this book:

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You Are Not Your Brain By Jeffrey Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding MD

I am kind of curious about the techniques of this book on breaking habits but I have my doubts on getting the book cause Schwartz is a known anti-evolution creationist, does anyone knows if the book is backed up by real science?

Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse.

Let’s revive this thread and see if people have any more book recommendations. :slight_smile:

Hello Everyone,
There are so many great books that I have read that have profoundly influenced me. Many of them, as for us all, are deeply personal. I love “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff, “The Places That Scare You” by Pema Chodron, and “Letters To A Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. I could of course go on and on and on but I’ll stop with the three that popped into my head today.

James P.

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Feel free to post as many as you want. There is plenty of room. :slight_smile:

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Thanks. I’ll add a few over the coming weeks to keep this thread bumped.

James

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Here are a few book list resources that people might be interested in:

There is Greater Books, which compiles many lists of great books. They have a shortlist of 487 books that commonly appear on many of the lists, as well as a longer list.

Five Books looks like an interesting site where experts recommend their five favorite books on a subject.

There’s also a thread on how to read 200 books per year.

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Josh,
Thanks for the links. I’ll check them out and see what they have to offer.

James P.

@fastertomaster Arthur Worsley who runs the site Faster2Master has created many curated book lists. We get some curated list for reference to create our own using his lists even if they are opinionated.

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In general my mind was shaped with passion to find answers, all significant details of anything i was intersted in. Even though i’ve chosen medicine to study, i always want to go deeper than that. Physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry. It seems necessary for me. I plan to read Feynman Lectures on Physics someday.
From the beggining of 2019 i’ve read a couple of books that really got strong impact on me.
Here’s the list:
Rationality: “Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality” and “Rationality: From AI to Zombies” by Eliezer Yudkowsky.
Influence:The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Republic by Plato
Rhetoric by Aristotle

For now I’m really interested in decision making and cognitive biases theme. I have almost finished “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman and still read from time to time “Rationality: From AI to Zombies”
I’m also planning to start “Games of Strategy” By Avinash and Douglas Hofstadter’s “Godel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”

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Happiness Beyond Thought by Gary Weber is probably my top book. It has very good texts to memorize in it too for helping one reduce thoughts.

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I’m going to have to noodle on this one. I have so few books that I haven’t put in boxes. I have Euclid’s elements on the coffee table but have never gone past book 1.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance was probably one of the key moments where I moved from fiction to nonfiction and then was never really interested in it again.

A History of Mathematics by Boyer changed my outlook on mathematics from indifference to a life long fascination.

The Feynman’s lecture series created a permanent confusion in how I see the physical world and continue to try to come to terms with illusion, reality, philosophy and facts.

I think the bigger issue in this post is that I need to invest in some more of the worlds greatest books.

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The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferris.

According to the author it is still the most highlighted book on Kindle ten years after it was published.

Geometry Revisited by HSM Coxeter. Made me fall in love with geometry!

I had finished most of the book in 10th grade, except some questions and the last chapter on projective geometry, which I consider boring. It is much more interesting to consider conics in PG(2,R) with homogenized coordinates as compared to jumping at them with classical techniques, which is quite tedious.

Also, Unscripted by MJ DeMarco is great.

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The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

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