The Non-Designer's Design Book - Robin Williams
The Eight-Circuit Brain: Navigational Strategies for the Energetic Body - Antero Alli
Angel Tech - Antero Alli (parts of it, as part of assignments in the above book)
The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
Destroy the Opposition - Jamie "Chaos and Pain" Lewis
To Be Or Not To Be Intimidated - Robert Ringer
4-Hour Chef - Tim Ferriss
I am focussing on the first two, and the rest are here and there.
Check out Theodore J. Kaczynski's "Technological Slavery", a book that's (yes, the Unabomber) released from Florence Supermax recently. Will blow your hair back quite a bit. Also, Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" and "Year 501".
Right now I'm re-reading Steve Pavlina's "Personal development for smart people".
I think it's a brilliant framework book for personal development, and I would be very curious to hear if Sebastian has read it. The book posits a framework where Truth, Love and Power make up the totality of personal development.
SM strikes me as a dude who has the Power part of PD down pat. Power is basically action, getting things done on the ground, the Warrior's path. Truth is concepts, knowledge, the Magician's path. And Love is appreciation, connections, passion, the Lover's path. Pavlina says that the combination of all three is Intelligence, which I suppose would be the King's path in the Jungian archetype framework.
Here are some reviews:
First time I saw it I didn't take it seriously. Now, I'll check it out. Thanks.
I can imagine you wrote him off because he may seem a bit woo-woo and far out?
Exactly. And I'm in general running away from 'personal developement' works; enough of pnl and stuff like that for me, I've already had a lot of that in my life in the past years.
I do prefer sites like this one or Tynan's, where someone is authentic, don't try to teach anything, just share what they learn.
When I do need help, I prefer going around things scientifically proved (not stuff like T. Robbins.).
For the last few years I moved around a lot so I didn't really accumulate books (when you periodically need to fit your belongings into a suitcase, books are the first to go). This meant my approach to books was: acquire - read - discard, and it also meant I bought less books ('cause, why buy a book you won't get around to reading?)
I'm planning to stay in my current place for a while, so I've started accumulating again. I think it's actually quite good to have a "personal library" of books around that are half-read or unread - you can pick them up when the mood or need strikes you and slowly gain knowledge by osmosis. Sounds inefficient, but I think it's closer to how our minds really work. (Physical books are much better than Kindle books for this, btw).
Books lying around my apartment right now that I'm currently reading:
- The Black Swan (where I got the personal library idea from - the author mentions meeting Benoit Mandelbrot, who kept a huge personal library to remind himself of the limits of his own knowledge)
- How Proust can change your life
- Biography of Benjamin Franklin - read the autobiography, the biography goes into a lot more depth, I really want to make time to finish this one
- Civilisation, Niall Ferguson
- Not a book but I find this website continually fascinating: http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/
"Flow" by the guy with the unspellable last name that starts with C. It's good.
This book fits the criteria http://www.amazon.com/Flow-P-S-ebook/dp/B000W94FE6
The guy is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I wonder in what language that name is easily spellable or even speakable.
Seb, I finally got a copy of "Rise of the House of Rothschild" -- did you read this thing cover to cover?
Dude, put your focus on the first 11% (or so) of Tim Ferris book (meta-learning). Really, best shit he ever wrote so far, amazing. After that, you can try to learn how to cook and stuff.
Now reading (don't like audiobooks a lot, since I can't retain much information through them):
- This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman
- How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
- Influence, by Robert Cialdini
- Godel, Escher and Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- Galactic Exploration by Peter Cawdron (scifi)
- The Prince, by Machiavel (so far, a little bit overrated, IMO)
The most important book I read last year, the one that calyzed more changes was Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by Yudkowsky. No matter whether you like the original series or no, this fanfic about rationality (duh!), science and psychology is just awesome.
I'm reading Casanova's Memoirs right now. I thought this was really insightful -
The theory of morals and its usefulness through the life of man can be compared to the advantage derived by running over the index of a book before reading it when we have perused that index we know nothing but the subject of the work. This is like the school for morals offered by the sermons, the precepts, and the tales which our instructors recite for our especial benefit. We lend our whole attention to those lessons, but when an opportunity offers of profiting by the advice thus bestowed upon us, we feel inclined to ascertain for ourselves whether the result will turn out as predicted; we give way to that very natural inclination, and punishment speedily follows with concomitant repentance. Our only consolation lies in the fact that in such moments we are conscious of our own knowledge, and consider ourselves as having earned the right to instruct others; but those to whom we wish to impart our experience act exactly as we have acted before them, and, as a matter of course, the world remains in statu quo, or grows worse and worse.
Casanova likens learning morals before getting real world experience to reading the index of a book before the book itself. You get an idea of what's going to be in the book, but you don't really "get it."
It's kind of subtle, but I laughed a lot at him saying everyone feels the need to against what they were taught, have things go badly because of their choice, but then they feel consoled that they can now teach others. Hilarious stuff.
I'm enjoying Casanova's Memoirs. Interesting book. It's out of copyright, and thus free at Gutenberg.org - here's the first section in plain text - http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2951/pg2951.txt
I am invited to be the special guest during book launching of my best friend this coming. I would say that we could have our books together being launched during this international book fair. Though I submitted my proposal way too late and it cannot be printed for this upcoming book fair.
I guess, lesson learnt. That I must continue to write again. And oh please, I must complete another four manuscript.