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The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
I saw this dude in person talking about his newer book ("The Year of Living Bibically"): he seemed quirky, intelligent, curious, funny, and overall qu ...more
Dec 2007
Mar 28, 2008
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Really important book for me. Refers to some great research. Some highlights:

- “choice no longer liberates, but debilitates” -“choice overloa
Dec 2007
Mar 23, 2008
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Some highlights:

2. Causes
- heredity (genes make it twice as likely; identical twins have 31-88%, fraternal have 0-38%)
> inherit general personalit
Nov 2006
Mar 23, 2008
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
Why is it considered normal to consult a manual and put work into maintaining a car, but not a relationship?

This book can be pretty cheesey a lot of t
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
The First Man
Some of my favorite quotes:

-“There are people who vindicate the world, who help others live just by their presence” (35).

-“There is a terrible emptine
Feb 2003
Jul 08, 2007
The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
The essay that stands out the most to me is the one on how there can be NO just wars. His argument is pretty great: take a war that was widely held to ...more
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Jul 08, 2007
Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism
I love Feldman's writing style: clear, simple language, well organized, and philosophically rigorous. His is the most plausible theory of well-being.

Aug 2004
Jul 08, 2007
Key Philosophers in Conversation
It appears as though Cogito was a philosophy magazine/journal aimed at a popular audience and these interviews, fittingly, all contain some material ...more
Sep 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change
Where I work (in mental health for the Dept of Veterans Affairs) ACT is being pushed as an evidence-based psychotherapy. The VA is pretty hard-nosed a ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Relativism: A Guide for the Perplexed
“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely sure of; almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is r ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 19, 2010
On What Matters, Volume One
Two great passages:

-"... the Golden Rule is theoretically inferior [to 2 other principles]. But this rule may be, for practical purposes, the best of
Jul 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Pope, Council and World: The Story of Vatican II
I got this from the basement of my local library: where customers aren't allowed to go. Its a pretty obscure book, so much so that I had to manually a ...more
Aug 2009
Oct 07, 2009
The Conquest of Happiness
Renaissance-man-philosopher Bertrand Russell looks at (un)happiness. This book was a big influence on the very important Psychologist Albert Ellis. On ...more
Oct 2003
Mar 23, 2008
Introducing Sartre (Introducing)
A nice little intro about the cafe' sitting, lazy-eyed, bummer of a philsopher frenchman.

My notes:
-Neitsche: “Europe now philophiszes with hammer blow
Feb 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Accessible read delving into fascinating microeconomic research on how humans are... Well, you know.

In looking at IRrationality, we find out more abo
Oct 07, 2009
May 03, 2009
Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence
This is about a worthy topic, using great actual criminal cases, and the author really used his novel background as being both a philosopher and a psy ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
First of all, this book isn't all about Pete Maravich. The first four chapters are about his dad Press excelling at this new sport called "basketball" ...more
Apr 2008
May 14, 2008
The Nature of Rationality
I recently took another look at this as I wanted to re-read Nozick's arguments for certain preferences being intrinsically irrational. Though this par ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 08, 2007
Beyond Prejudice: The Moral Significance of Human and Nonhuman Animals
A "second generation" philospher writing about animals and ethics. Pretty tight.

A summary:

Feb 2004
Mar 23, 2008
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
This is a long book (960 pages total), but I guess biographies are usually pretty long and though at first I thought the title was terrible, I now thi ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 21, 2009
Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World
Nozick's final book before dying of cancer. "A series of philosophical forays" into: truth & relativism, invariance & objectivity, necessity & ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 08, 2007
The Problem of Punishment
Boonin manages the incredible task of being very clear with minimum use of jargon, while at the same time being very philosophically rigorous as he re ...more
Nov 10, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Descartes' Error
I am not an emotional person. This is about how important emotions are to reasoning. It reminds me of The Paradox of Choice, in that it argues a certa ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover
Nice book by a co-developer of the very important "Transtheoretical Stages of Change". The stages are usually used when someone is changing towards so ...more
Nov 2007
Mar 23, 2008
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Inside cover: Science (and mathematical) fiction. Nice slender book, for a kidish audience about lineland (one), flatland (two), and spaceland (three ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 13, 2008
The Man Who Shocked The World: The Life And Legacy Of Stanley Milgram
His experiments on obedience are considering the paradigmatic examples of unethical psychological experiments, yet this book shows the bum rap he got ...more
Sep 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge
BJ Penn looks like a mellow Hawaiien Teddy-Bear, yet he can kick serious ass. A book by him about lots of stuff in MMA. All this stuff needs to be exp ...more
Sep 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Nocturnal Animals
A friend bought this for me, though said it was hard to find a book on this topic that wasn't written for children... Why can't adults be curious abou ...more
Apr 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat
I like Forrest, but I think I liked him less after reading this book. He's pretty crazy and can be annoying. Still, I did learn how to properly poke s ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 26, 2009
The Road
Unfgortunately, I imagined Viggo Mortensen the whole time. Read entirely basically during my trip from Washington DC to Madison via Minneapolis.
Nov 2009
Nov 26, 2009
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