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Principles (Summary)
4.16
it was ok
Looks like I’m in the minority as many people rated this highly. I’m not sure why. Some personal peeves:

First, 95% of the book is straight common sens
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Aug 11, 2018
Mar 17, 2018
 
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)
3.83
really liked it
On the one hand, it's an enjoyable read. The format—basically, a series of conversations—is more compelling than you might think. On the other hand, t ...more
Jun 12, 2020
Jun 15, 2020
 
The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and The Improvised Mind
3.80
liked it
The author has a strong perspective but little fresh evidence. Rather, this is a collection of research studies narrated by the perspective that the b ...more
Jul 16, 2019
Apr 01, 2018
 
The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships
4.16
really liked it
Strauss is an excellent writer, and this book is raw, entertaining and enlightening. My only criticism is that the ending wrapped up a little too neat ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 09, 2016
 
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
3.94
really liked it
Machine intelligence and automation are major forces that will increasingly shape society and impact the economy. There is increasing buzz about these ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
4.09
really liked it
I was looking for books from which I could learn from the wisdom of older, more experienced people. It struck me that many issues I struggle with, oth ...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.13
liked it
I read this because I’m working my way through the top science fiction books of all time, according to Goodreads popularity and ratings. Turns out tha ...more
Jan 31, 2020
Feb 01, 2020
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (Phaedrus, #1)
3.77
liked it
This book was on my radar as a classic for a long time, and I finally got through it this year. I would love to say that it met my high expectations, ...more
Apr 09, 2019
Apr 09, 2019
 
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
3.87
really liked it
This book tackles an important issue, and helped bring it to a wider audience (especially once Elon Musk recommended it). It also seems to have helped ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2016
 
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
4.17
really liked it
While you will find some of the research summarized elsewhere, the overall thrust of the book is novel. People commonly believe success leads to happi ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
 
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
4.17
it was amazing
I'm surprising myself by giving this five stars, given that it's a relatively short book that largely reflects one man's observations and opinions. Bu ...more
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
 
Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power
3.49
really liked it
This is a well-written and engaging look at the science of cognitive enhancement. It includes a wide-ranging overview of research and the scientists b ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
 
Qualityland (QualityLand - Saga, #1)
4.19
really liked it
I was leaning toward five stars but had to pull back after completing the book. It’s entertaining and plausible in its dystopic prediction of where ou ...more
May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020
 
Contact
4.13
really liked it
Fan of Carl Sagan. Enjoyed the movie. Read the book many years after watching it. I really want to give it five stars but it honestly feels like more ...more
Sep 2020
not set
not set
Sep 04, 2020
 
Snow Crash
4.02
really liked it
A gripping story that has only lost some of its freshness and foresight in the decades since publication. Can't believe I only just got around to read ...more
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015
 
Delta-V
4.15
it was amazing
I went into this with no expectations, except that it had good ratings on Goodreads, so I figured it couldn’t be terrible. I haven’t yet read any of t ...more
Sep 10, 2020
not set
Sep 10, 2020
 
Recursion
4.15
it was amazing
Debated whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, it was excellent. It's a gripping story that's hard to put down, similar to Dark Matter ...more
Jul 06, 2020
Jul 07, 2020
 
Hyperion
4.23
really liked it
I loved this book and it was five stars for me all the way, until what I felt was a disappointing ending that left way too many questions unanswered, ...more
Mar 06, 2020
Mar 06, 2020
 
The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
3.92
liked it
This may be a good book if you’re interested in either (a) a history of developments tangentially related to evolution or (b) arguments in favor of li ...more
Sep 23, 2018
Sep 23, 2018
 
Seveneves
3.98
really liked it
If parts one and two were their own book, it would get a five and be one of my favorite hard science fiction books to date. Part three, unfortunately, ...more
Feb 17, 2020
Feb 17, 2020
 
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
4.25
really liked it
If you don’t follow news about technologies described in the book, it might be particularly useful. If you do, it will feel like a summary of developm ...more
Apr 29, 2020
Jan 27, 2020
 
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
3.96
liked it
As someone who works in technology, and startups, I feel that it’s heresy to say anything bad about this book. But it is not a book. It is a collectio ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2016
 
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
3.87
really liked it
The book starts strong, and feels as if it will deliver on its promise. But midway through, it deviates from exploring addictive technology in general ...more
Dec 25, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
4.08
liked it
I feel bad leaving a 3-star review because I liked the book, and found it well-written and comprehensive. I did not, however, learn much that was new ...more
Mar 27, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
 
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
4.17
really liked it
This was both an enlightening and frustrating read. It was enlightening because it changed my understanding of debt and money, and their origins; broa ...more
Sep 24, 2018
Aug 12, 2018
 
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
4.20
really liked it
I know it’s a classic, and it does contain ideas that are ahead of its time regarding the conundrum of getting intelligent machines to do what’s best ...more
May 2020
May 01, 2020
 
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (The Carls, #1)
4.03
really liked it
Way better than I expected. A compelling story that uses an alien visitation premise to explore the world’s current obsession with social media, and b ...more
May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don't
3.98
it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t have high expectations, as I felt Silver had received a lot of media attention, yet had failed in so ...more
Oct 20, 2018
Dec 24, 2017
 
Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
3.89
liked it
Maybe I’ve just been reading too much Taleb recently, but I found this book to be the weakest entry in the incerto. Taleb tends to ramble, but these r ...more
Dec 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018
 
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: Guidance on the Path to Mindfulness from a Spiritual Leader
4.04
it was ok
I can understand why some people like it, and there are certainly things to like. But it’s not what I was expecting. Think of it as a book of spiritua ...more
Oct 2018
Oct 01, 2018
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