Book Recommendations Week of 4/9/17

Book Recommendations:

 

  • Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths- This an awesome book that explores how humans brains act similarly to computers, and it explores the algorithms that humans consciously and unconsciously use in their daily lives. It was also on Obama’s reading list at one point.
  • Justice by Michael Sandel- Michael Sandel is a Harvard Professor and probably one the best known philosophers living today. His book tries to get at the heart of what it right and wrong, and it demonstrates how difficult this can be to answer even in seemingly simple situations. This isn’t like grinding through Aristotle; he wrote this for the general public. I think its a quick read if your interested by it.
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson- The PDF for this is attached. This is a recent bestseller that explores how to deal with the inevitable disappointments and hardships that occur in life. There’s also some humor interspersed throughout. Recommended by Josh Kaplan

 

Audiobooks:

 

  • Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari- Aziz Ansari plays Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, and he narrates the audiobook. He’s a super funny guy in my opinion. He has a few interesting takes on dating in the 21st Century; he’s primarily focused on technology and changing social dynamics and how dudes can still get laid. (If you are not contributing to the gravy count, this book is especially for you.)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir- This was made into a movie recently, but the book was better (shocker). There is a lot of dry humor in the book, and it does a really good job of creating plausible explanations for why a man stranded on Mars wouldn’t fucking die if he was really determined to survive.

 

Podcasts:

  • The Daily from the New York Times- various interest pieces and news updates. This is a great way to stay up to date with what’s going on the world if you don’t have a lot of time. It’s usually only about 20 minutes long.
  • Mad Money- For anyone interested in the stock market this is actually a great way to stay up on that. Jim Cramer is really obnoxious, but he’s also a smart guy that makes you think about long term market trends and factors affecting individual companies.
  • NPR Politics- I know, NPR that shit TV station that your grandparents watch and that has Downton Abbey. I promise this is actually a really good podcast if you’re interested in politics. The speakers are all younger people, they do a good job of keeping you updated on events in Washington.

 

Listen to a podcast or book on your way to class or at the gym. Multitask.  Try to block out twenty minutes a day to read something that doesn’t have to do with class at all.  Just be diligent about it. At first it is a little hard, but then it becomes something you look forward to.

 

As far as money goes, the podcasts I listed this week are free. You can also buy an audiobook from Amazon and return it and get another one. I did this about three dozen times before they revoked this ability from me. For physical books, just borrow one from another brother or get one from the library.

 

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