Any books really change your outlook on life?

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by quantAndHold » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:05 pm

Life changing?

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. That one changed my life.

After that, reading the first chapter of The Millionaire Next Door got me to start living below my means.

Everything else in my life came from those two.

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Post by jersey789girl » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:15 pm

The Bogleheads Guide to Investing which I read in 2008 before the stock market crash, right around the time I joined this forum. It was life changing and made me a much more knowledgeable investor. I give every college graduate that I care about, including my 2 children when they graduated, a copy of the book.

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Post by DVMResident » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:39 pm

The Selfish Gene, especially the sections on altruism
Strength Finders
Taxing Ourselves, a non-political discussion of various tax structures and consequences of each system
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Post by SurferLife » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:53 pm

Marmot wrote:The China Study - I saw it mentioned in an earlier post from 2010. A must read, you can't ignore the science.

I wholeheartily agree with this. It was recommended to me by a friend and I curse and thank that friend all the time. I equate the book to the decision that Neo has to make in the Matrix. You can continue to live in ignorance, or you can learn the truth, and yes, with 800+ scientific studies referenced to support the authors conclusion, the science is undeniable. I wish more doctors knew of this book.
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Post by bertilak » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:10 pm

DVMResident wrote:The Selfish Gene, partially the sections on altruism.

If you enjoyed the altruism part, you might also like The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod.

From the Amazon page:
    This widely praised and much-discussed book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police their actions.

I see there is a revised edition. I might just get it.
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Post by Onion » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:30 pm

1.) He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird. Read if you or someone you love has suffered with a mental health issue.
2.) A couple of books on simple living or minimalism. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne was great for me as a parent. However, Unstuff Your Life by Andrew Mellen started it all for me, despite the fact that he doesn't advocate for minimalism.
3.) Quiet by Susan Cain. Read this if you are an introvert, your partner is an introvert, or you want to better understand how to utilize introverts in business.

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Post by bkweathe » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:24 pm

The Bible
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

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Post by Wildebeest » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:38 pm

It is kind of funny, but often I do not want to read certain books, because of the build up. I resisted for a long time.

This book did change my outlook and I found it to be very powerful.

I think that "Catcher in the rye" and "To kill a mockingbird" are great books and deserve to be read in High school, in our 30 or 40'ties and then again in our twilight years ( or should I say Golden Years) but One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_i ... Denisovich should be mandatory reading every ten years.

I am glad, I read it. I might not be a better person, but I think it helped with empathy.
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Post by deskjockey » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:11 pm

I've read a fair amount of books that have impacted the way I see the world to some degree, but only one stands out to me now as having shaped my world view and, in many ways, inspired me choose a career in government. It was William Manchester's The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972. I probably read it a dozen times in middle and high school.

In terms of investing, I'd have to say The Millionaire Next Door was and is a huge influence. I reread it again just last year and it inspired me all over again.

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Post by Barefootgirl » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:53 am

Some great suggestions here. I'm always amazed at the posters who mention "The Millionaire Next Door". While an insightful book, growing up in a rural Yankee community, this was already our culture. I guess it was a well kept secret in an understated culture. Much more impactful to me was "Your Money or Your Life" - which makes the direction connection between your life and your finite life resources.

So thrilled to see mention of "The Boxcar Children" here. I was a voracious reader from the earliest age and those books, along with everything written by Lois Lenski, really opened my eyes and set me on the path to having hope and courage while growing up in a family that provided little of either.
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Post by Sandtrap » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:38 am

Onion wrote:1.) He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird. Read if you or someone you love has suffered with a mental health issue.
2.) A couple of books on simple living or minimalism. Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne was great for me as a parent. However, Unstuff Your Life by Andrew Mellen started it all for me, despite the fact that he doesn't advocate for minimalism.
3.) Quiet by Susan Cain. Read this if you are an introvert, your partner is an introvert, or you want to better understand how to utilize introverts in business.

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Quiet, by Susan Cain (deepening practical understanding of character types, specifically intr.)
Controlling People, Patricia Evans (broadening one's perception of such)
Life Code, McGraw (avoiding and surviving modern human drama)

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Post by Abel » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:56 pm

"Practicing the Power of Now" by Eckert Tolle. I'm sure I've read and listened to it at least 100 times during the last 10 years and it continues to be my workbook and motivator as I transition my career and personal life from over achiever to over the hill. The book's honesty, poetry, and thought provoking intensity just blow me away.

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Post by protagonist » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:48 am

Very few books changed my outlook on life.

Exceptions:

Age 15- The Alexandria Quartet, as well as assorted lyrics by my favorite music idols (Bob Dylan sticks out).

Age 18-25: Just about anything I read regarding theoretical physics.

Age 40: books on Chaos theory, as well as The Book of Predictions by Wallace et al (written around 1980, purchased in a garage sale in the early 1990's, which reinforced everything I was learning about Chaos Theory).

Most everything else I read, including nonfiction, religion and philosophy, pretty much boiled down to entertainment.

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Post by DEZ1 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:14 am

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Post by ribonucleic » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:57 pm

Straw Dogs, by John Gray

Life is hopeless, but it's OK.

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Post by Strayshot » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:21 am

Lots of good books mentioned in here, for me however it was Ray Kurzweil's "Age of Intelligent Machines" and his follow-on titles that truly impacted my outlook on life.

Cats cradle and The God Delusion (and really anything by Dawkins) have been mentioned as well already. Civilizations by Felipe Fernandez armesto, The Birth of Plenty by Bernstein, and Why Nations Fail along with Thomas friedmans various books on globalization assisted in formation of elements of my worldview (which is part of my outlook on life you could say). Certainly can't forget works by George Carlin either, RIP.

I greatly enjoy anything to do with finance and investing, but money is a means to an end and therefore I can't say there have been any financial books that actually changed my outlook on life. :moneybag

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Post by mak1277 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:25 am

"Self Reliance" by Emerson. I read it in high school and to this day it's the only thing I've ever read that changed/affirmed my outlook on life (well, that and the Bible).

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Post by El Greco » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:40 am

Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis
As well as being a wonderfully entertaining novel, it is a profound work of philosophy.

Zorba constantly reminds us to be courageous, generous, and to live our lives TODAY. As Zorba says to the protagonist, "You go through life as if you are going to live forever, I go through life as if I am going to die any minute."

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Post by Texanbybirth » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am

The Confessions, by St. Augustine of Hippo

The Everlasting Man, by GK Chesterton

Spe Salvi, by Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger)

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Post by steve roy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:23 am

"How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World" by Harry Browne.

I remember it had a big impression on me when I was in my early twenties. Triggered the idea of going against the general flow, of thinking separately and independently.

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Post by mikefixac » Thu May 18, 2017 9:09 pm

Marmot wrote:The China Study - I saw it mentioned in an earlier post from 2010. A must read, you can't ignore the science.
I've seen this book recommended a number of times in this thread. Must say, it makes me happy. In most threads I read about Dr Campbell, most comments are what I find distorted.

I've been a big believer in Drs Campbell and Esselstyn (Dr Es's book, How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease). These are the 2 doctors profiled in the documentary "Forks over Knives".

My initiation into nutrition was reading "The Rice Diet" by Walter Kempner. I was so impressed by the science. Heard later that Dr Kempner at one time presented his findings at a doctor's convention. He showed a picture of a man's eye with retinopathy. After being on the Kempner diet, the man's eyes blood vessels returned to normal. Dr Kempner was accused of switching the the before and after pictures of the man's eyes. After that, he refused to attend a convention.

In Dr Es's book, he makes the boldest of statements and says "heart disease is a toothless paper tiger that need never exist". A bold statement that my hero Nathan Pritikin believed as early as the 60's.

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Post by jmk » Wed May 31, 2017 6:58 am

cantos wrote:Critique of Pure Reason, Kant (that the soul is infinite)
That time and space are human constructs not in the world.
Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (what is right is doing the appropriate thing at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner. and that virtue is to know what the extremes are and to find balance).
On my list too, but what I got from it was that happiness is a state of flourishing not a hedonistic emotion.

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Post by cantos » Wed May 31, 2017 9:12 am

jmk wrote: Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (what is right is doing the appropriate thing at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner. and that virtue is to know what the extremes are and to find balance).
On my list too, but what I got from it was that happiness is a state of flourishing not a hedonistic emotion.[/quote]

Oooh nice. I need to re-read the Nico!

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Post by cantos » Wed May 31, 2017 9:13 am

cantos wrote:
jmk wrote: Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (what is right is doing the appropriate thing at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner. and that virtue is to know what the extremes are and to find balance).
On my list too, but what I got from it was that happiness is a state of flourishing not a hedonistic emotion.

Oooh nice. I need to re-read the Nico!

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Post by cantos » Wed May 31, 2017 9:13 am

jmk wrote:
cantos wrote:Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (what is right is doing the appropriate thing at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner. and that virtue is to know what the extremes are and to find balance).
On my list too, but what I got from it was that happiness is a state of flourishing not a hedonistic emotion.
Oooh nice. I need to re-read the Nico![/quote]

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Post by reisner » Wed May 31, 2017 9:51 am

"Being Wrong" by Kathryn Schultz, a brilliant and hilarious writer.

"The Examined Life" by Stephen Grosz--a psycholanalyst's case histories told as mini-mysteries.

"How to Speak Money" by John Lanchester, another brilliant and hilarious writer.

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Post by BanditKing » Wed May 31, 2017 10:51 am

Just finished reading (audiobook) "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman for a local book club. Really a touching story that gives some perspectives on life and love, especially for a grumpy sourpuss like me. If you're an audiobook person, like I am, the narration on that version is top notch.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/187 ... called-ove
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_Called_Ove_(novel)

The movie (Swedish language with subtitles) is available on Amazon Prime as well. It's very faithful to the book and just as touching, removing only a few pieces for pacing and time. I recommend reading the book first, and then watching the movie.

https://youtu.be/dPoaN2XROk8

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Post by lostdog » Wed May 31, 2017 12:21 pm

"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. Yes it had a profound change on my life. It takes practice to master his teachings. I am at peace most of the time. Simplicity also has a big role.
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Post by Trebor » Wed May 31, 2017 3:10 pm

I am going to cheat a little on my first recommendation. Financially, my most important “book” was finding the diehards site, originally at Moringstar. It led me to read and understand many of the books listed in this thread. Honestly that back and forth discussion taught me so much more than I could ever initially appreciate in any book. For example, conversations with a poster named John Norstad were incredibly instructive to me. I had my financial epiphany there and have never looked back.

In terms of improving one’s health, I would recommend How not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger. In terms of my physical wellbeing, adopting the lifestyle as laid out in How not to Die was a dramatic change for the positive for me. A similar life altering epiphany for me, not looking back.

Enjoyed this thread and got me some books to read. Smiles.
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Post by kayanco » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:38 pm

Texanbybirth wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am
The Confessions, by St. Augustine of Hippo
..
Can you elaborate please, in what why?

Thanks.

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Post by Texanbybirth » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:58 pm

kayanco wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:38 pm
Texanbybirth wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am
The Confessions, by St. Augustine of Hippo
..
Can you elaborate please, in what why?

Thanks.
In a personal way, his ability to look honestly at his sins, and their origin and effects on his life, and the way out of them, gave me courage at a difficult time in my life. His story was my story in a very real way.

In a human way, it connected me with one of the most influential thinkers in history, and opened a patrimony unknown to me at the time.

Late had I Ioved Augustine.

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tj218 wrote:
Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:47 pm
The Caine Mutiny is probably one of the few books I could put in this category. It's easy to see the world in black & white, but geez this book shakes things up quite a bit.
This book was fantastic-- bit pretty much all I read is WWII-oriented books, mostly fact, but plenty of fiction as well. It's hard not to be changed upon reading the true bravery of everyday people during that era. I am changed in some way by all the true accounts I read.
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arthurb999 wrote:
Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:21 am
Health:

Neanderthin
Primal Blueprint
Never Gymless
Food inc. (Movie)

Personal Finance:

Total Money Makeover
Richest Man in Babalon
Automatic Millionaire
Your Money of Your Life
Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Personal Development:

How to Win friends and influence people and his Public Speaking book
Joining company's Toastmasters club (not really a book)
Any good career development book (and work the plan).
Joining Toastmasters was the least expensive "course" I ever took, yet I gained the most benefit. I am a HUGE believer in Toastmasters and need to carve out time to get back there. I met people through that organization that I will never forget and I am grateful for the enhancement of skills which I use EVERY SINGLE DAY. Thank you for mentioning it!
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Post by kayanco » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:28 am

Texanbybirth wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:58 pm
kayanco wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:38 pm
Texanbybirth wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am
The Confessions, by St. Augustine of Hippo
..
Can you elaborate please, in what why?

Thanks.
In a personal way, his ability to look honestly at his sins, and their origin and effects on his life, and the way out of them, gave me courage at a difficult time in my life. His story was my story in a very real way.

In a human way, it connected me with one of the most influential thinkers in history, and opened a patrimony unknown to me at the time.

Late had I Ioved Augustine.
I'm glad you explained more, thank you for doing so.

I find myself wanting to familiarize myself with the book by St. Augustine.
After reading Augustine, did you also read Thomas Aquinas?

I have a couple of other questions:
Are you familiar with the present day authors, John C. Maxwell and Rick Warren? If so, would you know if they take their ideas from St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas? (as in repackage their works in a language for current day audience)

Also by any chance, are you familiar with these books:
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

Thank you.

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Post by Texanbybirth » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:57 am

kayanco wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:28 am
Texanbybirth wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:58 pm
kayanco wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:38 pm
Texanbybirth wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:56 am
The Confessions, by St. Augustine of Hippo
..
Can you elaborate please, in what why?

Thanks.
In a personal way, his ability to look honestly at his sins, and their origin and effects on his life, and the way out of them, gave me courage at a difficult time in my life. His story was my story in a very real way.

In a human way, it connected me with one of the most influential thinkers in history, and opened a patrimony unknown to me at the time.

Late had I Ioved Augustine.
I'm glad you explained more, thank you for doing so.

I find myself wanting to familiarize myself with the book by St. Augustine.
After reading Augustine, did you also read Thomas Aquinas?

I have a couple of other questions:
Are you familiar with the present day authors, John C. Maxwell and Rick Warren? If so, would you know if they take their ideas from St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas? (as in repackage their works in a language for current day audience)

Also by any chance, are you familiar with these books:
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

Thank you.
I'm glad to have provided some context. I am very familiar with both Augustine and Aquinas. (I suppose I should say I'm as familiar with them as a Latin-speaking CPA layman can/has time to be.) Augustine was a major (if not THE major) influence on the Medieval European mind, and thus Aquinas holds him in high regard. I'm happy to have several books by and about both authors in my personal library. I find their styles, while dissimilar, to be complementary as an intellectual pursuit. The Summa reads very differently from The Confessions or City of God. (However, to try to keep from getting too esoteric in my thinking I always supplement with plenty of homilies and discourses by Church Fathers such as Leo the Great, Ambrose, Chrysostom, and others.)

I'm not as familiar with Maxwell as I am Warren. I know Augustine is more widely-read in non-Catholic Protestant circles than Aquinas is, so you might find more sympathy with Augustine in their writings. I'd be interested to know what you find about any possible connections. One of the leading theology intellectuals of today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, draws heavily from Augustine (more so than Aquinas) in his own writings.

If I may ask, what exactly is your line of inquiry? You could say the two men you've asked about are the "Two A's" of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, so you'd certainly be scaling a lofty mountain by familiarizing yourself with them. An endeavor I highly encourage. I'm happy to recommend some books.

Unfortunately I haven't read either of the books you cite. Of course, as a good Catholic I'd choose the Dominican's book. :-) I also know the writings of the man who wrote Sertillanges' foreword, the Jesuit James Schall.

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Post by dahsom » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:19 am

Bible

Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt
Judgment Day! by Dave Hunt

--> I learned about New Age movement and the trend towards One Word Government. Pretty scary stuff Dave Hunt studied mathematics and worked as a CPA and later became a pastor. I like his low key, no-nonsense approach.

I don't believe in the concept of emergency fund. I believe in permanent solution -- earning multiple streams of passive income from ultra conservative means such as CDs and bonds to cover my basic needs. Christian faith is my ultimate security to cover what happens after death.

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Post by Toons » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:23 pm

"Man's Search for Meaning"
Viktor Frankl :idea:

https://books.google.com/books?id=W3q8R ... &q&f=false
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Post by BHUser27 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:40 pm

(Anything by Dr. Seuss)
"Illusions" - Richard Bach
"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - Douglas Adams
"The Heart of Philosophy" - Jacob Needleman
"The Diary of a Young Girl" - Anne Frank
"A New Earth" - Eckhart Tolle
"Tesla: Man Out of Time" - Margaret Cheney
"Einstein's Universe" - Nigel Calder

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touchdowntodd wrote:
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since i wasnt raised to save or invest, and i used to HATE reading.. the following 2 basics surely changed my life

- automatic millionare
- coffeehouse investor
+1

I agree. After watching my Mom lose everything and become homeless after my dad died, I was still young enough 22 to realize I need to learn about money because I don't want the same thing to happen to me. I remember reading the Automatic Millionaire and I never looked back. It literally changed my life when it came to money and living beneath my means. It is a super simplistic book for most here, but if it wasn't for that book, I would not have looked further into investing. I also appreciate the common sense approach of The Coffee House Investor and how enjoyable it is for people who hate money books would enjoy.

I'm 53 now and so far the journey has been well worth it.

Many other books have helped me along the way: Here are some others:

Common Sense on Mutual Funds - J. Bogle
The Little Book of Common Sense Invest
The Bogleheads Guide to Investing
The Total Money Makeover - D. Ramsey (Although I am not such a fan of Dave any longer, I will always have to credit his book for getting me out of debt).

This money stuff could be as simple or as difficult as you make it, I rather choose simplicity!! I'm glad St. Jack agrees.
Choose Simplicity ~ Stay the Course!! ~ Press on Regardless!!!

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Post by jabberwockOG » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:45 pm

Your Erroneous Zones – Dyer
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Tolstoy
The Fountainhead - Rand
More Die of Heartbreak – Bellow
Babbit – Sinclair
The God Delusion - Dawkins
Gimpel the Fool and other Stories - Singer

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Post by bo105954027 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:15 pm

I've built a hobby of interest-driven reading books since I began studying characters (I am a Chinese). I'd like to say great, mind-changing books are quite rare and precious. What factors define a GREAT book? I think a great book must fulfill the following attributes:

1. having an intact and self-consistent logic structure;
2. having vivid details, amply materials to support author's viewpoints;
3. having fluent and satisfying narration/wording;

And most importantly --

4. being able to bring up an/several innovative, even revolutionary mind blowing ideas/standpoints/thoughts.

There are very few books, maybe one out of hundreds, meeting all these requirements. As a bookworm, I constantly enjoy the ecstasy in finding out and reading these kind of GREAT books.

I'd like to share some of mind blowing books I read the last two years:

Fiction:
Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy - Cixin Liu

Non Fiction:
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely
Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind - Gary Marcus
Time in the market beats timing the market.

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by KSOC » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:09 pm

Fat-Tailed Contagion wrote:
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:09 pm
Anything by Thomas Sowell for the linear realm.
I remember the first time I came across his newspaper column. Such wisdom & common sense. Why hadn't I heard of this man before? Great mind.
Too soon old, too late smart.

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by mptfan » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:32 pm

Barefootgirl wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:53 am
Much more impactful to me was "Your Money or Your Life" - which makes the direction connection between your life and your finite life resources.
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I eat risk for breakfast. :)

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by straws46 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:43 pm

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Gulliver's Travels, Huckleberry Finn.

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by SirRunsabit » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:51 pm

There are two that have changed me. One title maybe offensive but the content is fascinating and helpful. F___ Feelings is a fantastic book with actionable ideas for real world issues. Another is Never Split the Difference, dealing with real world issues and how you can respond positively to get the outcome you're looking for.

Edit: Start With Why was also a life changing read.
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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by yakers » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:54 pm

Be Here Now by Ram Das

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by ThereAreNoGurus » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:23 pm

Marmot wrote:
The China Study - I saw it mentioned in an earlier post from 2010. A must read, you can't ignore the science.
That study appears to be a tad disputed:

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-ch ... revisited/
http://anthonycolpo.com/the-china-study ... -nonsense/

Some poster's comments in the former link, supported by citations, appear quite compelling, contradicting some of the author's claims.

The purpose of this post is not to enter the diet debate, but rather to point out that one should SELDOM change one's diet based on one book without doing further research.

The following is a quote from a book dealing with a medical issue, but I'm posting here because it's definitely applicable to all forms of info gathering:
"Although the public generally perceives medical research as the highest order of precision, much of the epidemiologic research is, in fact, rather imprecise and understandably so because it has been conducted principally by individuals with no formal education and little on-the-job training in the scientific method. Consequently, studies are often poorly designed and data are often inappropriately analyzed and interpreted. Moreover, biases are so commonplace, they appear to be the rule, rather than the exception. It is virtually impossible not to recognize that many researchers routinely manipulate and/or interpret their data to fit preconceived hypotheses, rather than manipulate hypotheses to fit their data. Much of the literature, therefore, is nothing less than an affront to the discipline of science. . . . The fraud is so pervasive that it was considered necessary to take some liberties with the usual staid rhetoric of scientific review and inject stronger language to emphasize the problem. . . . Equally culpable are the editors of the many journals who publish articles without regard to their quality or scientific import."
The point of the above and the following quote is to encourage one to develop an analytical framework and healthy skepticism towards information gathering regardless of the subject or source:
After a lecture, a journalist asked me how she could be certain that my information was not just as biased as that of the cholesterol campaign. At first I did not know what to say. Afterwards I found the answer.

"She could not be certain. Everyone must gain the truth in an active way. If you want to know something you must look at all the premises yourself, listen to all the arguments yourself, and then decide for yourself what seems to be the most likely answer. You may be easily led astray if you ask the authorities to do this work for you.

"This is also the answer to those who wonder why even honest scientists are misled. And it is also the answer to those who, after reading this book, ask the same question."
Again the purpose of this post is NOT to discuss the validity of the China Study, but since it seems to be getting enthusiastic reviews from some posters, the above links were provided to let readers decide for themselves whether they wish to follow/embrace the book's claims/findings.

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by chuckb84 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:36 pm

Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
The Feynman Lectures, Richard Feynman

And in a different vein, three books that showed what large endeavors can do and how they can succeed:

The Path Between the Seas, David McCoulogh
The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
Apollo, Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox

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Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

Post by AF_Engineer » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:51 pm

The Bible - I believe it 100%, and do my best to live it.

Atlas Shrugged - I don't agree with the humanist bent, but it really made me think about the role of government and the potential of mankind.

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