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Tristan Harris is the president and a co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. Earlier, he worked as a design ethicist at Google, where he studied ethics of human persuasion.
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The Elite Charade of Changing the World
by Anand Giridharadas (Oct 01, 2019)
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.Anand Giridharadas takes us into th...
Tristan Harris
We keep looking for these win-win solutions but sometimes we have to lose a little bit so that everybody wins. And that’s not a good message for capitalists because that’s not how we like to roll.     source
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (May 09, 2017)
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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...
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Slightly older and less well known than 1984 but equally chilling vision.     source
Finite and Infinite Games
by James P. Carse (Jan 05, 2013)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
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About life and how to navigate in a more improvisational way.     source
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman (Dec 27, 2005)
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Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to with...
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Worth reading.     source
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Metaphors We Live By
by George Lakoff (Apr 14, 2003)
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure ou...
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Talked about the power of grounding metaphor.     source
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The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
by Al Ries (Apr 27, 1994)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
There are laws of nature, so why shouldn't there be laws of marketing?As Al Ries and Jack Trout—the world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of Positioning—note, you can build an impressive airplane, but it will never leave the ground if you ignore the laws of physics, especially gravity. Why then, they ask, shouldn't there also...
Tristan Harris
Was a profound book for me.     source
Technopoly
The Surrender of Culture to Technology
by Neil Postman (Dec 31, 1992)
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In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it--with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth....
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I highly recommend.     source