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This book focuses on common irrational behaviors that our brains evolved to perform. For example, in its desire to conserve energy, our brains will create irrational heuristic biases, and it will look for cause-effect relationships in random events. This book offers extremely practical advice in order to be more aware of these cognitive fallacies, and make better decisions as we go through life.
This book urges us to think more like skeptics and scientists, and less like superstitious prehistoric humans. The author discusses several common cognitive fallacies, and requests that we demand evidence for any “fact” presented to us. He goes through common superstitious beliefs like ghosts and UFO’s and swiftly points out a lack of real evidence. He discusses the wonders that science has to offer, such as the 100 billion viruses you are holding when you scoop up a liter of seawater. This is much more wondrous than hunting for Bigfoot.
Mark Manson is a popular self-help blogger with several books to his name. This book explores his “don’t give a fuck” attitude about life. He shows us how we can embrace uncomfortable and seemingly painful situations in order to be happier long term. The book has a very grounded, in your face style. The essential point is to stop feeling entitled, and stop giving all your attention to things which don’t actually matter; to direct your limited fucks in life to truly worthwhile endeavors.
The author is a theoretical quantum physicists and was a professor at the University of Oregon. He attempts to answer some of the puzzles of both quantum mechanics and psychology with a novel philosophical idea. His hypothesis is that consciousness (free-will & self-awareness) creates atoms, instead of atoms creating consciousness. He discusses how this would apply to challenging concepts like Schrödinger’s cat. He suggests there’s a probabilistic realm deeper than space-time where a single consciousness makes probabilistic choices. His views are decidedly not religious, but rather a mystical philosophy grounded in solid scientific thought.
This book discusses the emotional roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship. It discusses the specific type of passion you need in order to persevere through the dark days. It discusses how to handle family and “friends” doubting you because “they care about you.” You will learn how to master sales, how to choose the right employees, how to lead, how to face your fears, and how do it all with a smile on your face.