A biweekly bookish newsletter for lifelong learners and wanderers alike. Full of timely, wise, and deliberately short assortments ranging from book recommendations and summaries, articles, introduction to thinkers, thinking concepts, and more. All shaped specifically for our morally confused and widely distracted age.
As an avid reader, book nerd, library visitor, I've reached the following realization: The more books I read, the more I remind myself that books don't work. Not that the books I read are dull. Unimpressive or lack ways to help me move forward. Quite the opposite. The ones I pick are full of insights that can aid you in your quest and assist you in making positive corrections to your daily life. The declaration that books don't work is because I often find myself not doing what's mentioned in the text after I'm done with the book.
Now, not that all books should be approached as manuals for execution. Some exist to amuse us and to transform us into unimaginable places - i.e., help us escape the daily struggles. But the ones that often get quoted in articles and in the public sphere in the self-help industry, surely deserve more attention than just being an evening read. They deserve more time to be digested and later used as ways to make corrections in a given field.
So, if you happen to read more books this summer. Make sure to schedule more time so you can find the best way to execute the content you consume - more thinking time. Create a plan of action and once your vacation is fully over, get your hands dirty.
Personally, I created this article (freshly published) after reading the book mentioned below - about systems. I've put my writing process into words. Made it clearer how I should approach content production on my site.
And, to be honest, I'm pretty sure you'll find it useful even if you're not a blogger.
1) Book summaries:
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows: Thinking in Systems allows you to see under the hood of different groups, organizations, and even individuals. According to Donella H. Meadows, everything is a system – yes, even individuals. Once we understand what motivates people, what drives certain behavior, we can uncover the main system fueling their actions.
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2) Book finds:
Interesting books I recently added to my reading list (and hopefully will read at some point):
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson: We know Leonardo da Vinci as one of the greatest painters of all time. We also know that he was an architect, engineer, a scientist. But above all of those attributes, the main thing that actually made him great was his relentless, obsessive even, curiosity.
What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman: This book promises to give you tools so you can discover who you really are and what you were born to do with your life. Even if you don't get the book, the title is something worth thinking about. For example, what would you do if you weren't afraid of what others will say?
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley: Probably it's a good idea to read the book if you're an overly pessimistic individual and expected to hate the book. If this is the case, the text can reshape the way you view the world.
Interesting words from books and around the web:
Lede (noun): The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story. "The lede has been rewritten and the headline changed."
Paroxysm (noun): A sudden and powerful expression of a strong feeling, especially one that you cannot control.
Lèse-majesté (noun): A crime (such as treason) committed against a sovereign power; An offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power.
4) Great thinkers:
Émile Durkheim, born on April 15, 1858, was a French social scientist. He formally established the academic discipline of sociology and he is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.
Big realization: Progress leads to more self-annihilation
His seminal monograph, Le Suicide (1897), is a study of suicide rates exploring how a country becoming richer tends to have higher suicide cases.
The obvious question here is "Why do industrial advancements lead to higher suicide rates?"
According to the diagnostics of Émile Durkheim, it's because the modern economy puts tremendous pressure on the individual. Thanks to modern advancements, everyone can now become his own boss - or at least that's how things are advertised. Not that this is bad. But in case things don't work out as planned, the person has no one to blame for his misfortunes by himself. Therefore, this person becomes ill and traumatized which, based on the book, often leads to a fatal ending.
To prevent this from happening. The work of Durkheim suggests removing the pressure from the individual by finding support from a local community.
Slow Reading How-To Guide [With Pictures]: "It’s sad. Sad that society believes that slow readers are dumb. That slow readers should become fast readers. That in the hurried age. You should not only think fast. But read fast as well. But what if I tell you that slow reading is not a curse. Not a reason to buy an extravagantly expensive online course to begin reading like an automatic rifle – fast and inaccurate. What if I tell you that slow reading is the right way to read, not something that needs fixing."
From around the web:
Mental Wealth: When it comes to our mental health, as a society, we’re where we were 50 years ago with regards to physical health. In other words, we pay attention to it when something is wrong. And we fix (and name) symptoms instead of pursuing an understanding of the underlying issues.
Not everything in life can be as simple as we wish. The law of conservation of complexity, also known as Tesler's Law, states that for any system there is a certain amount of complexity which cannot be reduced.
In software development and design, the available options to deal with this problem are often two: 1) Make the application more complex by adding more code but make it simpler for the user. 2) Keep the code clean but make it harder for the user to interact with the application.
If you're in a similar situation and you're looking for a solution, consider what Donald A. Norman said about Tesler’s Law: "What is simple on the surface can be incredibly complex inside: what is simple inside can result in an incredibly complex surface. So from whose point of view do we measure complexity?"
7) Worth thinking about:
"If any two men desire the same thing, which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies; and in the way to their End, . . . endeavour to destroy, or subdue one another."
― Thomas Hobbes
An inspiring animated video of Steve Jobs talking about the Secrets of Life.
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