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David Heinemeier Hansson is a Danish programmer, racing driver and the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki. He is also a partner at the web-based software development firm Basecamp.
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When Prophecy Fails
Leon Festinger - Apr 03, 2018 (first published in 1956)
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The study reported in this volume grew out of some theoretical work, one phase of which bore specifically on the behavior of individuals in social movements that made specific (and unfulfilled) prophecies. We had been forced to depend chiefly on historical records to judge the adequacy of our theoretical ideas until we by chance discovered the soci...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jul 09, 2020
The 1964 book When Prophecy Fails covers this phenomenon in detail: Once a person has been ensnared by a false in-group belief, disconfirmation in the form of facts or events, often lead to more fervent beliefs.     source
The Road to Wigan Pier
George Orwell - Jun 28, 2008 (first published in 1937)
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The Road to Wigan Pier authored by George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) was an autobiographical novel by the author written in those days of his life that we say struggling days. He was moving around from one city to the other and it were those days when he left his job at the Booklovers' Corner. A photograph taken by the esteemed photographer 'Ceridw...
David Heinemeier Hansson
Mar 24, 2020
Been reading Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, and it’s amazing how much of the abusive ideology revealed in his account of the miners is still present in today’s gig economy. Paying for your own equipment (lamps v cars), no compensation for travel (in mine v between passengers).     source
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The Trial
Franz Kafka - Oct 06, 2020 (first published in 1925)
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Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - May 09, 2017 (first published in 1932)
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Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological mani...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
1984
George Orwell - Apr 04, 2017 (first published in 1949)
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of ...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
The Stranger
Albert Camus - Mar 12, 1989 (first published in 1942)
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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's first novel, THE STRANGER (L'etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sundrenched Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with t...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five novels I think about all the time - 1984: States crave control - The Trial: Bureaucracies eats people - The Stranger: Alienation is a vantage point - Animal Farm: Revolutions usually corrupt - Brave New World: Caste systems fence morality     source
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On the Shortness of Life
Seneca - Mar 30, 2018 (first published in 2049)
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The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each oth...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - Jun 01, 2006 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
Finding Flow
The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series)
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Apr 06, 1998 (first published in 1995)
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From one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness, an indispensable guide to living your best life. What makes a good life? Is it money? An important job? Leisure time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes our obsessive focus on such measures has led us astray. Work fills our days with anxiety and pressure, so that during our free time, we...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five books that taught me about myself - Finding Flow: Happiness is absorption - Meditations: Reactions are a choice - Punished by Rewards: Only intrinsic motivation lasts - Man’s Search for Meaning: Fortune is finding a purpose - On the shortness of Life: Life is long enough     source
The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith - Jan 18, 2018 (first published in 1776)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth, and is today a fun...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty - Aug 14, 2017 (first published in 2013)
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A New York Times #1 Bestseller An Amazon #1 Bestseller A Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Sunday Times BestsellerWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy MedalFinalist, National Book Critics Circle Award"It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Cen...
David Heinemeier Hansson
May 31, 2018
Five political/economics books that 🌅 🧠 - Origins of Political Order: Civilization = institutions - Political Order / Decay: Gridlock is state failure - Debt, First 5000 Years: Money != exchange - Capital In 21st Century: Who gets growth? - Wealth of Nations: Econ 101     source
Political Order and Political Decay by Francis Fukuyama
The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
Maverick by Ricardo Semler
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald M. Weinberg
The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
Refactoring by Martin Fowler
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Domain-Driven Design by Eric Evans
Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns by Kent Beck
Are Your Lights On? by Donald C. Gause
Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Manual by Epictetus
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Anxiety Culture by Michael Foley
Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm