By Jesse Jost
I finished 50 books this year. Here are 10 I found most enjoyable and/or beneficial:
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
We have to sort through a ridiculous amount of data and complexity as we try to make sense of things and endeavour to make wise choices. Often times we don’t have time for thoughtful reflection, so we develop mental shortcuts that work most of the time. However, these shortcuts and assumptions end up causing truly troublesome errors in belief and judgement.
This is a comprehensive book examining our biases and what we can do to mitigate their harm.
9. Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
by Rob Brotherton
Obviously we will never agree on what ideas are overblown conspiracy theories and what are verified facts that are being suppressed. This book takes a historical look at how conspiracy theories have played a role in events, and what makes us susceptible to conspiracy thinking that is not warranted by the evidence.
This book was written before many of the emotionally charged theories common today, so it should be able to be enjoyed regardless of how you interpret current events.Continue reading…