Weekly Non-Fiction Reading List 4.12.21

This week I read 10 fantastic books from some great authors, and I’m now at 115 books read for the year! This week, I discovered one of my new favorite books on psychology as well as incredible book about social media and polarization. Over the weekend, I decided to do a little crypto bootcamp and read a few books on crypto currencies, the block chain, and more. Enjoy!

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The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis

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A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton Malkiel

The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs by Jill Schlesinger

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing by Chris Bail

Books like these are extremely important during times where we’re extremely divided and find it difficult to have conversations about social issues and/or politics. Chris Bail and his team were curious if social media made people more extreme in their political views and how it affects moderates. They did a bunch of really interesting studies and even created their own app. The results are surprising because they debunk what you see from mainstream media or in documentaries like The Social Dilemma. Not only that, but Bail provides a bunch of practical solutions for how we can use social media in a better way.

Similar books:

The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health — And How We Must Adapt by Sinan Aral

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think by George Lakoff

Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think by Tasha Eurich

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Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan

Hide and Seek: The Psychology of Self-Deception (Eudaimonia, #1) by Neel Burton

The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber

Mastering the Basics of Blockchain: The Only Guide You’ll Need to Understand How Bitcoin (BTC) Technology and Other Cryptocurrencies Will Dominate the 21st Century: For Everyone Including Beginners by Zackary Huff

Ethereum: Complete Guide to Understanding Ethereum, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, ICOs, and Decentralized Apps. Includes guides on buying Ether, Cryptocurrencies and Investing in ICOs by Mark Gates

Ethereum by Edward A. Harrod

The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills by Jesse Singal

Most books in this niche debunk popular psychology studies like the power pose, the IAT, nudging, and others. But when they do so, they just point out the flaws and that’s about it. Jesse Singal approaches each chapter in a very nuanced way and explains how each study could be improved upon, and he tries to give researchers the benefit of the doubt. My favorite thing about the book is that you can tell that Jesse fully acknowledges that many systems in our world negatively affect minority communities and those who are struggling financially. You can feel that Jesse wants to educate people about these flawed studies so we can focus our attention to the root causes of these issues and find better solutions.

Similar books:

Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science by Stuart Ritchie

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills by Steven Novella

Brain Blunders: Uncover Everyday Illusions and Fallacies, Defeat Your Flawed Thinking Habits, And Think Smarter (Or Just Less Stupidly) (Understand Your Brain Better Book 1) by Peter Hollins

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The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David Robson

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (The MIT Press) by Meredith Broussard

Broussard did an incredible job breaking down complex topics such as how coding works and the limits of AI. I’ve been a computer nerd my whole life, but coding is a topic that always loses me. Broussard builds off of her explanation of AI and coding to discuss the issues we’re seeing with AI in schools, search engines, and autonomous driving. I learned a ton and really enjoyed this book. Dare I say that this book may have even made me want give some other books on AI a chance? Maybe.

My only critique of the book is that chapter 10 has a great story about Meredith on a “startup bus”, but it seemed really out of place in the book. Other than that, I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about social issues and wants to learn about how tech is affecting the way we live.

Similar books:

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us about the Future of Popular Culture by Joel Waldfogel

The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now by Charles D. Ellis

Similar books:

The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis

The Behaviour Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

The Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On with Your Life by Bill Schultheis

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