4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

These books will make you see everyday subjects and issues in a whole new light, so you can go on and share them with your friends and become the insufferable smart-arse of the group. You’re welcome.

4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

1. Should You Judge This Book By Its Cover? – Julian Baggini

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Another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy from the master of the genre. Baggini analyses old truisms, first telling you where they come from, and then deciding whether they are even true or not.

2. Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors – Nicholas Wade

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Nicholas Wade’s articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. Before the dawn takes our understanding of prehistoric humans and uses the human genome to separate fact from guessing.

3. What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff – Marcus Chown

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Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is theresomething rather than nothing? Tackle the big-stuff and learn how to shut down any incoherent debate in seconds, with the knowledge in this book.

4. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking –  Jordan Ellenberg

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The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Let acclaimed mathematician Ellenburg show you how math touches everything you do, and how you can use the rules to your advantage.

The Brain: 4 Books About The Astonishing Power Of The Human Brain

The Brain: 4 Books About The Astonishing Power Of The Human Brain

The field of neuroscience is at the forefront of scientific study, encapsulating the  brain, AI, robotics, psychology, psychiatry and any area which deals with the structure or function of the nervous system and the brain.

With 100 billion nerve cells, the complexity is mind-boggling. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and perhaps the most remarkable organism in the universe. Our brains form a million new connections for every second of our lives. It is in these changing connections that memories are stored, habits learned and personalities shaped, by reinforcing certain patterns of brain activity, and losing others.

To help you understand the complexity of your brain and why you do what you do, we have compiled the 4 best and most acclaimed books on the brain, to upgrade your understanding and to astound you.

4 Books About The Astonishing Power Of The Human Brain

1. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science – Norman Doidge

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Scientists used to believe that the brain was relatively fixed and unchanging — some of them still believe that — but recent research shows that the brain is much more mutable than biologists, psychologists, physicians (and any other scientists who studied the human brain) had ever thought.

2. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind – Michio Kaku

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Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist with a knack for explaining difficult concepts with simple analogies and clear descriptions. The bulk of the remainder of The Future of the Mind is focused on how the increase in brain-technology will affect the world, including discussions of telepathy, telekinesis, memory implants, memory recording, potential mental illness cures, brain enhancement, and mind reading.

3. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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A WhytoRead.com favourite, the basis of Thinking Fast and Slow is that in judging the world around us, we use two mental systems: Fast and Slow. The Fast system (System 1) is mostly unconscious and makes snap judgments based on our past experiences and emotions. When we use this system we are as likely to be wrong as right. The Slow system (System 2) is rational, conscious and slow. They work together to provide us a view of the world around us.

4. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor

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This book is a first-person description of stroke by a scientifically sophisticated person. The author describes a range of experiences that make sense given our knowledge of localization of function. As well as describing her stroke and her recovery, she takes us on a tour of the ‘mystical’ right side of her brain which little is known about and whose capabilities in today’s world seem to be dismissed.

If you haven’t seen the authors top 5 most popular TED talks, check it out here.

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

There could be as many books written as opinions on which to read. This list is not at all exhaustive, but serves as a starting point for the inquisitive mind. These are all modern, easy to read books that don’t fill your brain with easily forgotten facts, but a way of thinking about the universe that makes you smarter.

Ranging from books based on science and new breakthroughs in psychological research, these books serve to awaken and enlighten you. If you’re only going to read 10 non fiction books, these books are all you need.

So, without further ado:

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

1. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, tells the story of 15 billion years of cosmic history like no one else can. This book shows how broad and deep Carl’s interests extend and draws the reader into a world of fascination. Although the book is primarily about how science has developed in our society, the book touches on subjects such as historyphilosophy, religion, and cultures. The book is written in simple terms and is understandable to those without a background in science.

2. Outliers: The Story Of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers brings a crucial point that there is logic behind why some people become successful, and it has more to do with legacy and opportunity than high IQ. This important idea, shifts the concept of the smarter the better to point out what actually goes into making a successful person. Although Malcolm Gladwells methods have been brought into questioning in recent times, there’s no doubt that this book is a great starting point for anyone interested in evolutionary psychology.

3. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

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This is the greatest guide, to what we all should have learned in high school and beyond. Through one giant narrative, Bill Bryson takes the reader to the many physical quarks and wonders of our universe. As far as science books go, this one is a must read for anyone interested in how and why we are here.

4. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are – Robert Wright

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Where do morals come from? Why do we do certain things?
These are the questions the book challenges from a new perspective. Taking the basic principle of evolution and finally applying it to the way we act as humans.

5. Thinking Fast And Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman presents the brain as we have never seen it. The basis of the book is simple. In judging the world around us, we use two mental systems: Fast and Slow. The Fast system (System 1) is mostly unconscious and makes snap judgments based on our past experiences and emotions. When we use this system we are as likely to be wrong as right. The Slow system (System 2) is rational, conscious and slow. They work together to give us a view of the world around us.

6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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The lesson of this book is that we should be leery of trusting society’s or common wisdom. In other words, the book encourages us to keep our mind alert and break out of the mold in the way we see things. It introduces one of the most important topics which is differentiating correlation from causation.

7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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This is a great book about the power of habit and what we can do to change our habits in business, life, and society. The book is divided into three sections, first focusing on the individual, then companies, and finally societies.

8. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies – Jared Diamond

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the people’s of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their people’s. This book sheds light on why the Europeans advanced so much quicker than the rest of the world.

9. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher – Richard P. Feynman

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Physics can often be wrongly marred with hatred for its complexity and day to day social application. No one will ever come close to describing the fundamentals of our universe quite like Richard Feynman can. He is able to make physics intuitive, unlocking the many beauties for everyone to appreciate.

10. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking – John Brockman

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What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?

This is the question John Brockman posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.