Books that changed your mind

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daylen
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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by daylen » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:38 pm

Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky

"No brain operates in a vacuum"

Didn't really change my mind in a dramatic way, but the book significantly strengthened my interest in biology.

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by Redo » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:19 pm

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. A great "book" on Stoicism written by a dedicated student. It taught me how to manage and deal with pain, and to be more conscious about how I'm spending my time and what my thoughts are. It also made me realize that this is a continuous, lifelong process, and even Marcus Aurelius had trouble following his own philosophy from time to time and needed to keep reminding himself not to make mistakes.

Another book on Stoicism is Discourses by Epictetus. While Meditations was a journal/personal diary, this is a detailed, complete book on Stoicism.

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by OTCW » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:50 pm

Non fiction:

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

AllGod's Children by Fox Butterfield

Hellhound on HisTrail by Hampton Sides

Fiction:

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Roots by Alex Haley

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by fiby41 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:05 am

Bhagavad-gītā. It's not a book per se but a song which makes it great for making audio books out of. It's a quick read/listen as compared to other books in this genre (took me about 4.5 hours the first time) and is internally consistent.
First spoken on this day 5085 years ago.

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by slsdly » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:50 am

Feeling Good by David Burns. Cognitive behavioral therapy, it works. I'm not consistent about it, but when I am applying the appropriate techniques, I have never felt better.

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by PracticalPete » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:28 am

Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
The Untethered Soul by Michal A. Singer
Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

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Re: Books that changed your mind

Post by Lemur » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:13 pm

Redo wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:19 pm
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. A great "book" on Stoicism written by a dedicated student. It taught me how to manage and deal with pain, and to be more conscious about how I'm spending my time and what my thoughts are. It also made me realize that this is a continuous, lifelong process, and even Marcus Aurelius had trouble following his own philosophy from time to time and needed to keep reminding himself not to make mistakes.

Another book on Stoicism is Discourses by Epictetus. While Meditations was a journal/personal diary, this is a detailed, complete book on Stoicism.
This.

Also these...

(1) 1984 by George Orwell (communism is bad...m'kay)
(2) Economics in one lesson by Henry Hazlitt (There are winners and losers in every economic situation but I'll never forget the lesson that breaking someones window to create a job for a window installer is a net negative economic activity. Never forget the other guy..the businessman who owns the window; IOW, many economic events such as the purchase of milk at a grocery store effects many many people in small degrees... )
(3) The Warren Buffett Way (helped me understand stock valuation)
(4) The Hungry Brain by Stephen Guyenet (helped me understand our current obesity epidemic and basically why my previous diet attempts failed and how to develop strategies to defeat the unconscious mind.
(5) Flight from the City by Ralph Borsodi. (for me a fun read about self sufficiency...only halfway through this one and need to pick it back up again.)

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