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The Scout Mindset
Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
Julia Galef - Apr 13, 2021
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A better way to combat knee-jerk biases and make smarter decisions, from Julia Galef, the acclaimed expert on rational decision-making....
Sam Freedman
May 07, 2021
Note @davidshor has talked a lot about how education polarisation has realigned things in the States. Similar to here. And @juliagalef's "Scout Mindset" is an excellent book.      source
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Why Don't Students Like School?
A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
Daniel T. Willingham - Mar 14, 2010
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Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test?Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitiv...
Sam Freedman
Apr 17, 2021
It's probably the most influential book in terms of pedagogical thinking in England at the moment (which is pretty divergent from the rest of the world).      source
The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa - Dec 31, 2002 (first published in 1982)
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Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterp...
Sam Freedman
Feb 17, 2021
@Sime0nStylites @scrapegroat @TomChivers That's such a great book. Pessoa was properly bonkers.      source
I Am a Strange Loop
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Jul 08, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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What do we mean when we say "I"? Can thought arise out of matter? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop"--a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. ...
Sam Freedman
Jan 25, 2021
@Notsohandsome @teacherhead It changed my whole view of the world. As transcendental as a book can be for an atheist.      source
The Kindly Ones
A Novel
Jonathan Littell - Feb 02, 2010 (first published in 2006)
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“Simply astounding. . . . The Kindly Ones is unmistakably the work of a profoundly gifted writer.” — TimeA literary prize-winner that has been an explosive bestseller all over the world, Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones has been called “a brilliant Holocaust novel… a world-class masterpiece of astonishing brutality, originality, and force,” and “...
Sam Freedman
Jan 25, 2021
@teacherhead I am a strange loop by Douglas Hofstadter Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexevitch The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell.      source
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The Border
A Novel (Power of the Dog)
Don Winslow - Feb 04, 2020
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ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF THE YEARNAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Washington Post ...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
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The Cartel
Don Winslow - Sep 26, 2017
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The New York Times bestselling second novel in the explosive Power of the Dog series--an action-filled look at the drug trade that takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. Book Two of the Power of the Dog Series It's 2004. Ad�n Barrera, kingpin of El Federaci�n, is languishing in a California federal pri...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
The Power of the Dog
Don Winslow - May 01, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federación, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture of those who stand in its way. His nephew, Adan Barrera, is his worthy successor.Art Keller is a US government operative, so determined to obtain revenge for a murdered colleague that his pu...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
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King Leopold's Ghost
A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Adam Hochschild - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 1998)
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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly c...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
@kenradical Probably the book I recommend the most (King Leopold's Ghost).      source
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The Biggest Bluff
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
Maria Konnikova - Jun 23, 2020
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How a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run as a professional poker player, under the wing of a legend of the gameIt's true that Maria Konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn't even know t...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
12. The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova. A gripping book about a novice becoming a pro-poker player but also an excellent meditation on how mastering our irrational beliefs about chance and risk can make us more effective in any endeavour.      source
Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel - Jun 02, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty...
Sam Freedman
Dec 12, 2020
10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A book about a pandemic but really it's about the importance of art in sustaining civilisation and collective memory. A lot of reviewers used the word elegaic + it very much felt like it reading it this year.      source
Light that Failed by Stephen Holmes Ivan Krastev
Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle
Ship of Theseus by J. J. Abrams
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman