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.

Redo
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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.

OTCW
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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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