My bookshelf, with some quick takeaways.
The below list is a culmination of the books I’ve read over the course of 2020, plus 1-2 scentences of my highest level takeaway from reading each book.
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|Scale||The patterns that exist from micro to macro are often the same.|
|Factfulness||The world isn’t as bad as you’ve been led to believe.|
|Wild Ride||Meteoric rises require astronomical energy to propel them.|
|Shadow Dance||Acknowledge and take pride in the ability to overcome a dark side rather than pretend it doesn’t exist.|
|Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynmen||Curiosity pays dividends.|
|Creativity on Demand||Creativity is an improvable skill.|
|Guns, Germs and Steel||Small advantages in the early stages of development lead to large advantages in later stages.|
|Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||The Shadow cannot be suppressed.|
|One Taste||There’s a place you can get to beyond the present, where you perceive the totality of the present.|
|The Origin and History of Consciousness||There are consistent patterns that reflect the nature of consciousness across the religious texts of history that can teach valuable lessons.|
|127 Hours||Try the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing. Endurance with a stoic mindset pays off.|
|The Italian Summer||There’s no guilt in earned pleasure.|
|The Brain that Changes Itself||Our brains are adaptable to maximize the ROI of our experience.|
|The Jefferson Bible||There are moral truths that exist in the Bible. Religious or not, it’s not worth throwing the baby our with the bathwater.|
|1984||Complacency at scale will lead to amorphous existence devoid of truth.|
|The War of Art||It takes discipline to be a successful artist, in any domain.|
|The Stranger||If you are complacent to the whims of the world around you, you will deserve whatever it brings you.|
|Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance||The process of defining quality, otherwise known as ’the journey’ is the most virtuous and powerful thing a human being is capable of.|
|Finite and Infinite Games||Some games you play to win, but the more fun games are the ones you play to prolong.|
|Crime and Punishment||Living a nihilist doesn’t net you any return comparable to subscribing to a mode of meaning.|
|The Hobbit||You experience adventure as much as it experiences you.|
|Bhagavad Gita As It Is||Morality, faith and religion are practices of intuition.|
|The Three Body Problem||Complexity can’t be solved, it can only be simplified.|
|Seven Pillars of Wisdom||An incredible experience can take place over any stretch of time, but one on a longer stretch is made up of a myriad of smaller experiences of comparable value.|
|Candide and Selected Stories||The same negative social norms that plague us now, plagued us in the past, their amplification has only increased. The right behaviors are generally common sense.|
|The Odyssey||If you choose the right objectives, the universe will conspire with you to achieve them. Otherwise, it will conspire to send you in the right direction, often through struggle.|
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