Weekly Non-Fiction Reading List 4.5.2

I’ve done it! I’ve officially read over 100 books already in 2021 (105 to be exact). This week, I finished 9 books from some great authors on a wide range of subjects. I read books about the psychology behind why we don’t recognize risk as well as some more books on investing. I read an incredible book about social media platforms and how they affect social justice issues as well as an amazing book on being a skeptic. Enjoy!

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The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller

Similar books:

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

Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics by Gary Smith

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

The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore by Michele Wucker

In the first part of the book, Wucker does a great job breaking down all of the different cognitive reasons why we don’t recognize dangers. This can be at work, in life, or when it comes to global issues. She has a great chapter on denial, and I also enjoyed her chapter on why we kick the metaphorical can down the road. In the second half of the book, Wucker discusses more specific issues like climate change and also provides a lot of solutions for how we can avoid the “gray rhino” and make better decisions moving forward.

Similar books:

The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain by Tali Sharot

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

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment by Guy Spier

Similar books:

The Behavioral Investor by Daniel Crosby

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money by Erin Lowry

How I Invest My Money: Finance experts reveal how they save, spend, and invest by Joshua Brown, Brian Portnoy, and Carl Richards

Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye by Michael Shermer

More from Shermer:

Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

Giving the Devil His Due

The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People

Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism by Jillian York

This book dives into a variety of topics that I hadn’t even thought of. Sure, we often talk about how addictive social media is or how the platforms use our data, but this book has a variety of new angles. It discusses how governments manipulate the platforms to silence activists, how sex workers are oppressed on the platforms, and much more. I think my favorite thing about Jillian’s writing is that she addresses that these are difficult, nuanced subjects that need a lot of conversation. For example, she discusses hate speech and censorship and how her views of the topics have evolved over the years. If nothing else, Silicon Values will make you more aware and get you thinking about these topics in a new way.

Similar books:

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data Carissa Véliz

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

Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan

Irrational Exuberance: Revised and Expanded Third Edition by Robert Shiller

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

Similar books:

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books, Big Profits) by John Bogle

I Will Teach You to Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi

The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing Success by Daniel Crosby

A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal Newport

More books from Cal Newport:

Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World)

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

The Analytical Mind: Level Up Your Researching and Critical Thinking Skills, Improve Your Decision Making and Problem Solving Ability, Notice the Details Others Miss by Albert Rutherford

Similar books:

Effective Research Methods for Any Project by Amanda M. Rosen

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

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t by Nate Silver

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