Deep Thinking: 10 Books That Will Help You Understand The World Differently

Paradigm shifting books for every curious mind

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Francis Bacon once said, “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

When you expose yourself to a broad range of ideas, you heighten the chances of understanding the world and improving how you perceive it.

The definitive guide on how to prepare for any crisis — from global financial collapse to a pandemic

1. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles

“The modern world is full of pundits, poseurs, and mall ninjas. Preparedness is not just about accumulating a pile of stuff. You need practical skills, and those come only with study, training, and practice. Any armchair survivalist with a credit card can buy a set of stylish camouflage fatigues and an “M4gery” carbine encrusted with umpteen accessories. Style points should not be mistaken for genuine skills and practicality.”

This book uncovers the hidden consequences of free-market capitalism

2. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

“Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.”

Rovelli invites us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time

3. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

“Before Newton, time for humanity was the way of counting how things changed. Before him, no one had thought it possible that a time independent of things could exist. Don’t take your intuitions and ideas to be ‘natural’: they are often the products of the ideas of audacious thinkers who came before us.”

How often have you asked yourself: What is the meaning of life? Sasha finds it everywhere

4. For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals and reflections for finding wonder by Sasha Sagan

“No matter what the universe has in store, it cannot take away from the fact that you were born. You’ll have some joy and some pain, and all the other experiences that make up what it’s like to be a tiny part of a grand cosmos. No matter what happens next, you were here. And even when any record of our individual lives is lost to the ages, that won’t detract from the fact that we were. We lived. We were part of the enormity. All the great and terrible parts of being alive, the shocking sublime beauty and heartbreak, the monotony, the interior thoughts, the shared pain and pleasure. It really happened. All of it. On this little world that orbits a yellow star out in the great vastness. And that alone is cause for celebration.”

This great end-of-the-world novel captures the generalised panic of 2020

5. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

“Theirs was a failure of imagination, though, two overlapping but private delusions. G. H. would have pointed out that the information had always been there waiting for them, in the gradual death of Lebanon’s cedars, in the disappearance of the river dolphin, in the renaissance of cold-war hatred, in the discovery of fission, in the capsizing vessels crowded with Africans. No one could plead ignorance that was not willful. You didn’t have to scrutinize the curve to know; you didn’t even have to read the papers, because our phones reminded us many times daily precisely how bad things had got. How easy to pretend otherwise.”

A beautifully written book that explains difficult and complex topics around race

6. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change.”

An indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world

7. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling

“human beings have a strong dramatic instinct toward binary thinking, a basic urge to divide things into two distinct groups, with nothing but an empty gap in between. We love to dichotomize. Good versus bad. Heroes versus villains. My country versus the rest. Dividing the world into two distinct sides is simple and intuitive, and also dramatic because it implies conflict, and we do it without thinking, all the time.”

A guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life

8. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich

“A person’s conclusions can only be as solid as the information on which they are based. Thus, a person who is exposed to almost nothing but inaccurate information on a given subject almost inevitably develops an erroneous belief, a belief that can seem to be “an irresistible product” of the individual’s (secondhand) experience.”

Tools from 60 great thinkers to improve your life

9. Great Thinkers by The School of Life Press

“…simplicity is really an achievement — it follows from hard-won clarity about what matters.”

Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? Jared provide expert insight into our modern world

10. Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years by Jared Diamond

“History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves”

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