Best professional & academic biographies according to redditors

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u/hak8or · 720 pointsr/todayilearned

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales is a fantastic series of real cases and a layman's explanation about what happened with people who had unusual mental situations. I really, really, really recommend it.

For example, people who have their perception of their body skewed, causing what is known as alien limb, where the limb you see attached to you does not seem to be your own, and sometimes tends to do things on its own because the feedback loop is broken. Those people tend to either amputate the limb or fall into extreme depression and end up taking their own life.

Edit: $11 bucks off amazon with prime for a paperback version. Linked to amazon smile version.

Edit 2: Another reccomendation by /u/pulgasvestidas link to post and Smile link to book

u/satanicpuppy · 502 pointsr/todayilearned

For a good book about this, check out The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

u/rnaa49 · 423 pointsr/politics

Avoidance of responsibility is a primary characteristic of psychopathy. He ticks off all the other checkmarks, too. Only libel laws are protecting his ass from being called a psychopath openly. Educate yourselves about psychopaths -- I recommend these books I have read to understand my own lifelong contact with psychopaths, starting with my mother:
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
The Inner World of the Psychopath: A definitive primer on the psychopathic personality

He is commonly called a narcissist, but here's a handy rule of thumb. Not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissistic. It's easy to understand why -- they don't see humans as humans, only objects to be manipulated for fun and profit. They, themselves, are the only conscious being, so nothing else matters. Their brains aren't wired to understand we have minds and memories, which is why they lie constantly to achieve their immediate needs. Strangely, the inability to experience emotions (and that includes fear, which is why Trump seems to never give a fuck about consequences) comes with no sense of past or future. There is only the "now."

1% of the population are psychopaths. You know more than one. Some say it's an evolutionary adaptation that exploits humans with emotions and morals, and that they are "intraspecies predators." There are professions that rely on psychopathic behavior, and you can draw your own opinions on them:
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

It is also commonly said that psychopaths are experts are reading people. This is false (because, to them, there is nothing to read). They are simply experts, from lifelong experience and practice, at putting people into situations with predictable reactions. For example, Trump likes to insult people because he knows it distracts them and takes them off their game as they try to defend themselves. Psychopaths like to do their manipulating in the background and behind peoples' backs (and in Trump's case, behind NDAs and hush money), thus Trump's biggest problem -- he's the world's most watched person and nothing goes unnoticed, so his previous tactics aren't working. He is thrashing more and more as he gets more desperate to deceive. He is not losing his mind or getting senile. He's a psychopath who can't understand why his old tricks are no longer working.

His apparent "humanness" is a practiced façade, as is true for all psychopaths. They learn, starting in childhood, how to fit in. Some learn how better than others. Trump is good enough at it to fool a large number of voters.
BTW, there's nothing saying a psychopath can't also be dumb as a brick or illiterate.

u/jake_morrison · 265 pointsr/business

Sounds like the "Millionaire Next Door" effect:

People who got rich from their own efforts tend to be very sensitive to value and ways of saving money. They have the experience of going through tough times while they were growing their business. So they do things like buy used cars because a new car loses a big chunk of value the day you drive it off the lot. The sales guy in the fancy suit driving the new BMW is likely deeply in debt trying to impress other people.

u/samort7 · 257 pointsr/learnprogramming

Here's my list of the classics:

General Computing

u/ElolvastamEzt · 202 pointsr/books

I really enjoyed Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

It's an autobiography by physicist Richard Feynman. Very fun read, by an incredibly interesting man.

u/darealarms · 134 pointsr/LateStageCapitalism

Confessions of an Economic Hitman goes into great detail about the Bechtel Corporation. Very well written story about a guy who was unwarily caught up in instituting U.S. interests abroad.

u/david76 · 127 pointsr/science

If you haven't read it already, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a fantastic read.

u/scootter82 · 114 pointsr/videos

The Psychopath Test and The Sociopath Next Door both touch on the subject that many CEOs express psychopathic qualities or tendencies.

u/katieberry · 113 pointsr/technology

It's from his biography. The exact quote is this:

> Our lawsuit is saying, "Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off." Grand theft. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google's products—Android, Google Docs—are shit.

I typed that up; any typos are mine. The quote dates from the filing of the original HTC lawsuit in 2010.

Edit: the number of times "what a douchebag" and similar have turned up in my inbox in response to this is vaguely distressing until I recall the context.

u/Secret_Work_Account · 99 pointsr/financialindependence

I recommend reading "The Millionaire Next Door", it goes it to more detail about the spending/saving/investing habits of the average most millionaires in America. Living in a culture that prioritizes spending it's not surprising those who do the best financially go against the grain, and are also frowned upon.

u/ApathyofUSA · 93 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

As stated in comments above. The debt is technically rolled over into every year- so he didnt lose 1 billion 5 years in a row.

Another thing what its interesting, the world knows he lost a billion dollars. It came up in the 2016 election. Then came back to make higher profits than ever starting in 1995. He even says it in his old TV show... The Media even covered His 1997 book Trump: The Art of the Comeback.


But you know, he took risks as a business man- failed a little bit. Then profits came in. Anyone who invested in what he was doing during the slump is probably raveling in riches now.

u/mahelious · 88 pointsr/todayilearned

It sounds like a decent book, but with this quote at the bottom of the review

> "The problem is that Krauss – also a theoretical physicist – concentrates a little too heavily on the science, rather then the life, of Richard Feynman"

I would recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman as an immediate companion.

u/dirtyuncleron69 · 82 pointsr/atheism

Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman! is really good, and if you like this clip you should read it.

Really interesting guy and the book is a great read.

u/CassandraCubed · 73 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

>This is just a minor story,

This is not a minor story.

This is what I'd call a "75 cent discrepancy". There's a great book from the 1980's called The Cuckoo's Egg. It tells the story of how tracking down the reason for a 75 cent accounting error on a university computer system led to the discovery of a team of West German hackers breaking into U.S. military and defense contractors' computer systems at the behest of the K.G.B.

I suspect that for many ACONS, the first place where we can sit up and say, "This isn't right. This really doesn't make sense, and it's NOT me," is something seemingly small like this.

Your nmom's whackadoo insistence that you fit into HER mold for you, and the lengths she went to in order to force her version of "reality" onto to not just you, but everyone around you is significantly abusive, involving gaslighting, emotional abuse, and emotional neglect, among others.

It's not cute, and it's not funny. It's enraging. I'm not surprised you're still angry about it. It's the tip of an iceberg...

u/bmobula · 72 pointsr/IAmA

We seem to be programmed in our culture - perhaps by western religious and philosophical traditions - to accept dualism, which is the notion that mind and body are separate. However, several centuries of scientific progress have demonstrated more or less incontrovertibly the material basis of consciousness, thought, emotion, memory, and personality.

You ARE your brain. That is all there is to it.

What is particularly fascinating is how individual parts of the brain can be altered (i.e. damaged) with the result that parts of you are altered.

Oliver Sacks has several fascinating books that discuss case studies of neurological deficit, written for a popular audience, and they are each wonderful. Here are two of them:

u/EntropyFighter · 69 pointsr/Showerthoughts

This is how every generation feels. The Daily Show did a really good job of explaining this once (I couldn't find the video with a quick search) where they took Fox News comments about how bad things are now and how good they were in the past and they juxtaposed them with the problems that the world faced in every decade. Their point, which was powerful, was that the commentators were pining for the years when they were a kid and everything seemed easy and great.

But the truth is, the world always feels like it's on the brink. And the more you watch the news, the more you feel this way.

At which point would everything have been better?

  • The 2000s? Directly after 9/11?
  • The 1990s? There was a whole first Gulf War. Oklahoma City bombing.
  • The 1980s? The S&L scandal. Iran Contra. Crack and the drug war. Black Monday.
  • The 1970s? OPEC and the scarcity of oil. Nukes.
  • The 1960s? Civil rights. The fucking president was assassinated. Nukes.
  • The 1950s? This is pre-civil rights and pre-space travel and hardly a decade removed from WWII. (Edit: Also the Korean War.)
  • The 1940s? Hitler. WWII.
  • The 1930s? Dust bowl.
  • The 1920s? I mean, for real? How much do you like toilets and paved roads? And for that matter, depending on where you lived, electricity?
  • 1910s? WWI
  • 1900 or before? Please make a case that this is preferable to 2014.

    It goes on and on.

    What you're feeling is real, but every decade has seen major, major problems.

    What I believe is that everything is relative. (I believe Einstein would back me up.) Because you weren't alive during all of these other times. And we're including times where nuclear war seemed practically inevitable. Some party.

    You are comparing today to your previous experience. Your previous experience just happens to include when you were a kid. And when you are a kid, everything seems more simple. That's the point of The Daily Show bit.

    If you want to know more about the REAL party that WAS kicking for 40 years, read up on something that is now termed "The Washington Consensus". Read about it as a first hand account in the book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man".

    It describes how the US was able to get its way around the globe for the past 50+ years (essentially beginning with Kermit Roosevelt helping to overthrow the Shah in Iran in 1953) and going forward to a post 9/11 world. It explains how the US was able to rule the world. And it also explains why that influence is (and should be, at least how they're doing it) waning.

    TL:DR: You have a lack of historical perspective. Relax. If you want to feel better about things, watch this TED Talk by David Christian on Big History. It's one of my favorites.
u/RishFush · 61 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Rich Dad Poor Dad catches a lot of flak, but it's actually really good at teaching the absolute basics in an easy-to-follow manner. Like, learn what a Cash Flow Statement is, increase your asset column, learn basic accounting language, separate emotions and money, minimize taxes. Just glean the overall principles he's teaching and don't blindly follow his specific strategies.

The Richest Man in Babylon is another great, easy to read, investing 101 book.

And The Millionaire Next Door is a research-based book on Millionaires in America and what kind of habits and mindsets got them to their current wealth. It's a wonderfully refreshing read after being brainwashed by tv and movies saying that millionaires won it or stole it and live lavish lives. Most actual millionaires are pretty frugal and hard working with modest lives.

And here are some resources to help you learn all the new words and concepts:

u/Exanime4ever · 58 pointsr/news

Well it's not like those conditions are state secret... You can read all about it in Elon's approved biography

Same old stuff... Incredibly long hours, having to put up with changing priorities in a whim, putting up with power trips, getting fired for typos, etc

u/varnell_hill · 51 pointsr/technology

False. Read up on Elon. He may not be bending the metal to build the rockets, or assembling the batteries that go into Teslas (what CEO does?), but he knows a great deal about the engineering behind all their products.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend you read this.

Jobs, OTOH, had no background in computer science or engineering and never claimed to. His thing was design, which he (obviously) did really well.

u/ZaediLady · 48 pointsr/Drugs

My husband and I have recently realized that LSD is now our favorite drug. We're amazed that something so tiny have such a crazy profound effect on your mind.

We've started reading "How to change your mind" by Michael Pollan and it's fascinating. He talks about the history of LSD in clinical studies in the 50-70s and that the drug influenced a lot of organizations, including the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you're interested in learning more about the drug, it's definitely an interesting read, it would be even better on audio book.

u/TheHoverslam · 45 pointsr/spacex

Elon Musk's [biography] ( if you don't own the book look [here] (

“And then one of the key questions is can you get to the surface of Mars and back to Earth on a single stage. The answer is yes, if you reduce the return payload to approximately one-quarter of the outbound payload, which I thought made sense because you are going to want to transport a lot more to Mars than you’d want to transfer from Mars to Earth. For the spacecraft, the heat shield, the life support system, and the legs will have to be very, very light."

By that point the MCT will have dropped off 100t of payload on Mars and it might not need to be fully fueled to return back to Earth.

u/gizmo78 · 42 pointsr/politics

Why are people pretending like this is a revelation? He literally wrote a book about it in 1997, The Art of the Comeback.

From the publishers description:

> Six years ago real estate developer Trump (Trump: The Art of the Deal, LJ 2/15/88) was several billion dollars in debt, owing in part, he says, to his complacency and the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Now, thanks to some skillful negotiating, hard work, and luck, he says he is back.

u/BadVoices · 41 pointsr/news

That's covered in his OTHER book, "The Art of the Comeback." And no, not even joking, he really pushes that as one of his books. Also, this is legit ancient news. This was all revealed like a decade ago when he was on Apprentice. The New York Times is just re-wrapping old news to take advantage of the current news cycle to garner clicks.

u/PinBot1138 · 41 pointsr/fatFIRE

>The jets and all that other crap seem like a better value renting.

Huh? $3 million in total wealth isn't much, especially for that. Please, don't do that. I strongly recommend that you read The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy. I know several that make that amount in less than 2 months, and you wouldn't know it, because they live frugally and humbly, including driving beat-up old minivans. Some of them do have nice shit (e.g. palace-sized mansions) but out in the street, they don't flex, and others live in small, modest homes in middle class neighborhoods. At best, they might have a Model 3, S, or X that they also use.


For the sake of argument and with some fuzzy math, if you put all $3 million into an index fund that's earning you 6%, that's $180,000/year. That is a lot of money for a 20 year old, and an obligatory Uncle Ben quote goes here. You're virtually set for life and can do anything that you want, and I'd probably use that time and money to go become a full time student in any number of mediums: Udacity, College, Trade School, Real Estate, etc. which would further your skill level for other interests, including but not limited to said rental houses. If you got licensed in trades, you'd be able to legally (well, from a liability angle - nothing is really stopping you from your own maintenance anyways) do your own repair work on your properties, which would save you even more money. I'm not saying that's the most logical option, but it's something to bear in mind.


To answer the relationship/cash aspect (and because I got f'd on this) you'd want a pre-nup, and as others have advised, a great attorney. Some of the relationship warning signs that I wish that I had known, and was covered in this forum yesterday. When it comes to getting serious about a relationship (and until then, if you're going to be active, use protection - child support and/or divorce rape should be a part of your threat vector) then you might want to ask an attorney about shifting assets around to where you're then an employee of yourself (e.g. form an LLC, hire yourself, and pay a meager wage, with the option for bonuses.)

u/GeneticsGuy · 40 pointsr/news

I'll probably get downvoted for saying this here, but isn't this already known? Trump having huge losses has been something he has referenced in almost every book he has written and is discussed in almost every Trump documentary that has been made. Trump taking > 1 billion in losses has been known about for decades. In fact, Trump talks about his debt and losses and being upside down in those years in several of his books. He even tells a story of where he is walking with his daughter and points to a homeless man and stated that homeless man had more equity worth than him because while broke, he had no debt, whilst Trump had over a billion in debt.

  • Business Insider article in 2011 referencing Trump's lowest point where he was over a billion in debt

  • Ivanka Trump in the 2003 documentary "Born Rich" talking about her father pointing at the homeless man in reference to the above story.

    But I guess maybe it's not as common knowledge because apparently everyone thinks this is a huge revelation here.

    This tax story also ends 20 years before he runs for office... so maybe things can change?

    If you really want to hear about this from the horse's mouth, Trump literally wrote a book about this in 1997 called The Art of the Comeback and it discusses how he was over a billion in debt, his businesses were going bankrupt, and then how he managed to turn it all around.

    The funny thing is all the people in this thread that think this is somehow news that Trump crashed and burned in the late 80s and early 90s, forgetting that Trump has been a public figure for decades and that his entire resurgence was well-documented not only by his own book, but by the celebrity media who followed his resurgence in the mid to late 90s. Everyone knew this happened to him. My guess is it's younger people here who were too young when these things happened to remember them, or they weren't born yet, so they got so excited by this common knowledge story, at least common knowledge to anyone 30 years +.

    What actually happens here is this story helps Trump to his base even more. He took risks, he failed, and he pulled himself back up to be successful again. Him failing and becoming successful just makes people like him more. This is not the killer story to taint Trump the people here are hoping it is.
u/imiiiiik · 40 pointsr/askscience

The book on CEOs having it at a higher rate than the general public.

It certainly implies that very bad things happen to the public because of CEOs like that.

u/chookarooki · 39 pointsr/AskReddit
u/Warlizard · 38 pointsr/todayilearned

For the love of all that's holy, read his book:

It's utterly fascinating. Feynman is the only person I have ever wanted to be.

u/Safety_first_friends · 36 pointsr/fatFIRE

>>The jets and all that other crap seem like a better value renting.
>Huh? $3 million in total wealth isn't much, especially for that. Please, don't do that. I strongly recommend that you read The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy.

Yeah, that bit made me laugh. $3m isn't even remotely close to private jet territory. Try $300m. Lol

Most people that receive a large windfall like this do not fare well OP. At all. Be extremely careful with this money and do not tell anybody. Check out the "Windfall" section in the /r/personalfinance wiki. Also check out /r/fire and /r/fatFIRE.

u/criticismguy · 35 pointsr/askscience

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, part 3, "Testing Bloodhounds", e.g.,

> Then I looked at the bookshelf and said, "Those books you haven't
looked at for a while, right? This time, when I go out, take one book off
the shelf, and just open it -- that's all -- and close it again; then put it
back." So I went out again, she took a book, opened it and closed it, and put
it back. I came in -- and nothing to it! It was easy. You just smell the


> We did a few more experiments, and I discovered that while bloodhounds
are indeed quite capable, humans are not as incapable as they think they
are: it's just that they carry their nose so high off the ground!

u/SolidMeltsAirAndSoOn · 34 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Psychedelics get you into a head-space where you can sort of feel the connectedness of everything, and also think beyond the rigid thoughts your mind normally operates on (so as to see things in a different way than you always have). That's one of the reasons so many people have such a profound experience with it. That's why Leary was considering dosing an entire towns water supply, to spur real revolutionary change. I do think there is a case to be made that psychedelics could lead to a real leftward shift in popular imagination, but, then again, theres a Nazi that took acid and came up with the idea of a White Nationalist form of Twitter or something recently, so results vary.

A real good book on the subject of rethinking psychedelics (sorry abt the Amazon link):

u/dicky_seamus_614 · 30 pointsr/GetMotivated

Respectfully, this is covered in his autobiography by Walter Isaacson.

The doctors actually wept with relief (when the test results were concluded) because, the cells proved to be the very treatable kind of cancer (sorry I don't recall chapter & verse at the moment). Had he elected on immediate surgery & treatment to deal with the issue; his survivability would have been nearly assured.

Instead; he opted to follow hubris and put his faith in hippy fad diets (same playing field as faith healing) and eschewed his learned doctor's advice. This gave the cancer what it needed, time. Sadly the rest is history:(

As to the quote: Steve only wanted "A game" people on his team(s) - edited for spelling. If you weren't that kind of talent, you were less (in his eyes). So the philosophy of the quote reconciles with his view.

edit to add: here is an alternative source if you do not wish to read the book. But, I recommend the book, it's a good read.

u/barneycast · 30 pointsr/todayilearned

try reading this

Basically most people with a net worth of millions know the struggles of making money and saving it, so they live frugal lives. Net worth and income aren't actually that closely linked, as a lot of people with high income also have high expenditures as well. There's quite a lot of high earners who live outside their means. The research showed that most millionaires don't "keep up with the Jonses", instead opting for cheaper lifestyles and saving money. It's actually quite a good read for those interested.

u/shadowsweep · 30 pointsr/Sino

Yes, obviously. Perception IS reality in people's minds. And when people are acting on false and extremely negative information, it can lead to racial discrimination, attacks, fear, hate, and even war. Look at what lots of people believe.

Tibetan genocide

Uyghur cultural genocide

Eating dogs is widespread

Steals hundreds of billions in ip each year

China's state subsidies to companies are unfair [this is common among numerous Western nations]

T square massacre

OBOR Debt trap

China is a colonizer

China is just as bad as America []

Live organ harvesting

Huawei is a spying system


On top of that

America is NOT an empire so we don't need to worry where it goes []

America cares about human rights so when a massacre is reported we brush it off as an isolated incident []

America's debt are transparent and fair []

American dream is alive and well [social mobility is one of the lowest of developed nations]

America does not conduct economic espionage. [yes, it does since at least 1990's]

None of these things are true yet are widely believed. They aren't believed by everyone but they are believed by enough people that it's massively harming China's reputation.

u/big_papa_stiffy · 29 pointsr/Drama

how about "the art of the comeback", the book he literally wrote about losing this specific money lol

u/karmadillo · 28 pointsr/worldnews

If they simply "stopped paying attention", how would you explain the CIA's orders to the Jeddah consulate to grant Al Qaeda operatives visas into the country?

How do you explain the fact that once in the country, the alleged hijackers received training at secure military installations.

It is you, sir, who needs to read some books:

Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Tragedy and Hope

Wall Street and The Bolshevik Revolution

Wall Street and The Rise of Hitler

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

Bank Control of Large Corporations in the United States

Wake up to reality my friend. These people are not, and have never been, incompetent or negligent. If they were either, they wouldn't be in the positions of power they are in today.

u/1nfiniterealities · 28 pointsr/socialwork

Texts and Reference Books

Days in the Lives of Social Workers


Child Development, Third Edition: A Practitioner's Guide

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond

[Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life]

Interpersonal Process in Therapy: An Integrative Model

[The Clinical Assessment Workbook: Balancing Strengths and Differential Diagnosis]

Helping Abused and Traumatized Children

Essential Research Methods for Social Work

Navigating Human Service Organizations

Privilege: A Reader

Play Therapy with Children in Crisis

The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives

The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner

Streets of Hope : The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood

Deviant Behavior

Social Work with Older Adults

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Programs and Services

[Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice]

Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Ethnicity and Family Therapy

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Perspectives on Development and the Life Course

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

DBT Skills Manual

DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets

Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need


[A People’s History of the United States]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Life For Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Tuesdays with Morrie

The Death Class <- This one is based off of a course I took at my undergrad university

The Quiet Room

Girl, Interrupted

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Flowers for Algernon

Of Mice and Men

A Child Called It

Go Ask Alice

Under the Udala Trees

Prozac Nation

It's Kind of a Funny Story

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Bell Jar

The Outsiders

To Kill a Mockingbird

u/TheAntiRudin · 28 pointsr/books

The textbook business has been rotten for decades. 46 years ago the renowned Caltech physicist Richard Feynman served on a California state committee for adopting textbooks for high schools. He wrote about the incompetence and corruption in the whole process in his autobiography Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. You can read an online version of the section dealing with that here.

u/BOBauthor · 27 pointsr/learnmath

William Dunham has a great book,Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics, about this.

u/expremierepage · 27 pointsr/badwomensanatomy

Apologies if this has already been posted here; I searched, but it didn't come up.

I first saw this in a post) by /u/Yiotter on /r/wtf about two years ago. I was browsing through the posts here when I was reminded of it and figured some people here might enjoy it.

And here's the entire text, to make it easier to read:

>The seventy-year-old female patient had a history of frequent urinary-tract infections. She had a fever and slight back pain, so I ordered a catheterized urine specimen to be sent to the lab. I went on to the other patients, but th nurse soon returned and said she had tried to cath the woman but couldn't find her urethra -- the opening to the bladder. She had asked several other nurses to help her cath the lady, but no one could find her urethral opening. I decided to help, and went to the patient's bedside. I found an elderly, pleasant woman who told me about the history of frequent urinary problems and told me she was childless.

>I examined the woman's perineum and identified the larger oriface of what appeared to be the vaginal fault and searched above this for the urethral opening. I couldn't find an opening either, but as I looked, some urine trickled out of the vagina. Suspecting a fistula connecting the bladder to the vagina, or an embedded urethral meatus, I decided to look inside the vagina with a speculum. As I readied to do this, however, I noticed something underneath the vagina, on the perineum, and looked closer. I found the patient's vagina and intact hymen under what I had assumed was the vagina. I realized that the upper opening she was using as a vagina was in fact the patient's urethra. I asked the woman if she had any problems with sexual relations with her husband.

>"Not really. It hurt the first year or so, but it was fine after that."

>She had been married for fifty-two years.

>Charles Hagen, M.D.

>Auburn, Alabama

And this is the book it's taken from.

u/theredgiant · 25 pointsr/science

Right now I'm reading "Surely you are joking Mr Feynman". great book!

u/mactavish88 · 24 pointsr/southafrica

Exactly the same strategy as the other superpowers use to own other countries, a la Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

u/Zabren · 24 pointsr/financialindependence

> Even this seems a bit too aggressive for my taste

Your job for the next month or three is to become a sponge for financial knowledge. Even though you have a CPA and a CFP, in order for you to feel comfortable with their decisions with your money, you need to have some amount of knowledge with finance.


u/VestedValkyrie · 22 pointsr/financialindependence

This explains it:

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Essentially: the super super wealthy are less than 1% of the population. Meanwhile much of the actual top 10-1% tend to be in jobs that go along with conspicuous consumption. Think lawyer, banker, accountant, doctor. They tend to feel that they have to maintain a certain type of lifestyle to be “respectable” in their profession.

There’s also a lot of people who work in tech, many of whom are young and may not save much because they want to “enjoy life” and aren’t necessarily thinking ahead. (Although they do tend to have stocks.)

u/Henry_Rowengartner · 22 pointsr/trashy

Your old boss was right and if you're interested in reading about this topic more I would highly recommend reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. There's a lot of fascinating info in this book about psychopaths and how they operate and there is a section that talks about the fact that there is a higher rate of psychopaths among CEO's compared to the general public. Unfortunately, in business it does tend to be beneficial to only care about yourself and what you can gain and to not have any qualms about screwing people over to benefit yourself and the company.

u/Let-them-eat-cake · 21 pointsr/worldnews

Confessions of an Economic Hitman would be relevant here.

u/RAGING_VEGETARIAN · 20 pointsr/politics

That's how it used to be. London in the 19th century had a preposterously confusing network of water lines because of several competing companies who all delivered running water and all had their own separate lines tangling their way through the city. You couldn't tell by looking at a house or a neighborhood where their water came from; you had to individually ask homeowners who they payed their water bill to, and not everybody even knew. And one of the results of this overcomplexity was that it probably delayed the discovery of the fact that cholera is transmitted through water (source).

Imagine being the pediatrician who elucidated the Flint water crisis, but different: you notice an uptick in blood lead levels of your patients and suspect that one or more of the five competing water utilities must have become contaminated with lead. But you didn't know which one(s) it might be because you didn't know where any given house got their water and all of the utilities are denying you access to their error-riddled customer lists.

u/LordDinglebury · 19 pointsr/UrbanHell

Thanks, will definitely check that out!

Also responding here for /u/rock_lobsterrr since they asked for some recos as well.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is about a deadly cholera outbreak in Victorian London. The disease killed so many that it led to the creation of the Bazalgette sewer system that London still uses today.

New York: An Illustrated History by Ric Burns, Lisa Ades, and James Sanders is a beast of a coffee table book that outlines the comprehensive history of Manhattan from swampland backwater to thriving modern metropolis. It's chock full of some fantastic stories, including the one about two reclusive brothers who were found dead in a brownstone that was heavily booby-trapped. (One was invalid, and the other was killed by his own booby traps.) The whole book is a lovingly-created tapestry of New York's ambitious, brutal, and just plain weird history.

That's all I got for now, but if I remember something else, I'll add it to my comment.

u/guzey · 19 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Good self-help books are underappreciated. They can provide the push needed to us in critical moments of our lives, e.g. to overcome short-term pain / excessive risk-aversion when making an important decision, and let us change the fundamental frames / instill useful mantras into our lives, changing our trajectories significantly. These two self-help books definitely changed my life, providing both motivation and timeless advice:

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odd by David Goggins

I recommend these to all my friends and everybody who read them so far loved them (note that for max effect probably best to space them out and to first read Adams and then Goggins a few months later).

u/Drakeytown · 19 pointsr/FutureWhatIf

"Aid" to Africa and impoverished nations elsewhere is not an attempt to get them back on their feet in the first place:

u/spacegurl07 · 19 pointsr/space

Ask and you shall receive. If you don't wanna buy it, I highly recommend getting it from the library; it is a fantastic book that I had to force myself to put down.

u/TheSpoom · 19 pointsr/personalfinance

Yup. Real millionaires are often indistinguishable from others. They didn't get that way by spending a bunch of cash, after all.

u/shane_stockflare · 18 pointsr/stocks

Yeah, the questions been asked before. But here's a summary.

Wish you the best.

Video Tutorials

u/Galphanore · 17 pointsr/atheism
u/nullcharstring · 17 pointsr/AskEngineers

Non-fiction, which to my mind makes it better:
The Soul of a New Machine

Also non-fiction and a great read, the autobiography of aircraft designer/novelist Nevil Shute: Slide Rule

u/ImaMojoMan · 17 pointsr/samharris

Op-ed by former guest Michael Pollan and author of How to Change Your Mind.


>I look forward to the day when psychedelic medicines like psilocybin, having proven their safety and efficacy in F.D.A.-approved trials, will take their legal place in society, not only in mental health care but in the lives of people dealing with garden-variety unhappiness or interested in spiritual exploration and personal growth.
>My worry is that ballot initiatives may not be the smartest way to get there. We still have a lot to learn about the immense power and potential risk of these molecules, not to mention the consequences of unrestricted use. It would be a shame if the public is pushed to make premature decisions about psychedelics before the researchers have completed their work. There is, too, the risk of inciting the sort of political backlash that, in the late 1960s, set back research into psychedelics for decades. Think of what we might know now, and the suffering that might have been alleviated, had that research been allowed to continue.

u/wootup · 17 pointsr/TrueReddit

> But if the World Bank (and let's throw in the IMF and WTO as well, if you like) never existed, global poverty would be mostly unchanged. I'm open to being wrong about this, but I haven't even seen anyone lay out the argument that these institutions are primarily responsible for the persistence of global poverty.

Well, from a geostrategic point of view, the structural purpose of the World Bank and IMF - and debatably the entire Bretton Woods economic system - was to facilitate the continuation of traditional international power inequities in the post-World War II world. For American planners at the close of World War II, their country had leapfrogged over the declining European powers to become, by far, the most wealthy and powerful country on Earth. Invariably, they wanted to supplant those traditional European powers in their respective colonies and spheres of influence to become the dominant actor themselves, but - as the American political tradition has largely frowned upon overt imperialism - they needed to do it in a way that meshed with the liberal political culture of their society, as well as with their liberal propaganda about democracy and "free" markets. Herein lies the strategic purpose of the World Bank and IMF, at least in terms of their predatory relationship to the former European colonies (what we might today call "the 3rd world"). You can get pretty specific overviews of World Bank/IMF structural adjustment programs, as well as their strategic purpose, by reading Dilemmas of Domination by Walden Bello, Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, and Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

I hope I've helped illuminate this issue a bit, but really, nobody here should be surprised to learn about how this works; this is very basic realpolitik.

EDIT: I should note that in recent decades, the process of globalization has ushered in a remarkably different economic and political order from that of the Bretton Woods system, but that's a rather different discussion.

u/ConsultingtoPM · 17 pointsr/consulting

For sure!


I've had several roles in the technology space, from the strategy around a complete digital transformation (ripping out a clients current ERP, CRM, MES, PLM, and HR to implement an API-riddled "modern ecosystem" so those systems could share data), to implementing a continuous improvement framework and sustainment model around a technology implementation. What really got me interested in PM was my first role where I took a custom mobile application from design to deployment while running an Agile team for ~2.5 years. I've been searching for PM jobs on and off for the better part of a year until this opportunity came through the pipeline.


As to why I made the switch, I really enjoy working through all the cross-functional portions that comes with launching a new piece of technology. During the lifecycle of a product/feature you have to do strategy (what is the product-market fit), design/development (work with engineers to build a feasible product), and launch work (empower Product Marketing and work with them to find the correct segment/marketing materials). In my experience consulting teams usually focus on one portion of that work, but seeing the lifecycle through falls under the PM because they're there for the long haul.


Career aspirations include moving along the PM track and eventually leading a team of PMs. Consulting gave me a strong skillset mostly because I had mentors driving my career development, and providing standards to work towards. One of the most rewarding things I found was returning the favor to the new crop of consultants. Definitely looking to do that in my new position once I get more settled down and we build out the PM team a bit more.


Speaking on career aspirations, if money is one of your main motivators for becoming a PM I might suggest a different line of work. I got a small pay raise to $122,000 living in an expensive area, but the compensation trajectory is much higher if you stay in consulting (i.e. assuming everything had gone well this year I was looking at a raise to $145,000 base). In the short term compensation may be similar if you get a PM job with a FAANG company (especially at the MBA level where everyone is competing for top talent), but if you hit partner you leave your PM counterparts in the dust.


Getting this role was really luck-based (in addition to practicing for PM interviews for a year). I was initially contacted by a recruiter for this role and ended up hearing nothing after two weeks. So I found someone in the company on LinkedIn and reached out to them (we had gone to the same school). Turns out that person would be my boss and was interested in talking with me! The rest is history (after some harrowing interviews). I guess the moral of the story is if something seems interesting don't stop at the first roadblock.


I haven't started the PM role yet so what I like/don't like is TBD, but what I really enjoyed working on the custom mobile application was being "the guy" that everyone comes to with questions/ideas/complaints. One minute I'd be talking with customers about how to use the app, the next I'd be talking with our engineering lead about how I could ever design something so stupidly, and finally I'd get called into the office of the program head to run the numbers with her and see if we were really saving $5 million annually in operations cost. It's stressful, but being the ingress point keeps you constantly on your feet.


Did you know that psychedelics were legal in the 50s/60s and used to treat alcoholism/depression? I sure didn't! I've been reading How to Change your Mind and it has been mind-blowing (pun intended) charting the rise and fall of psychedelics in both research and counter-culture terms.

u/DragonJoey3 · 16 pointsr/personalfinance

Caution: Wall of text to follow.

Firstly, congrats on caring at a young age about your finances. That's something not a lot of people can say. With that being said I'll like to take each of your paragraphs in turn and answer your questions at the end.

NOTE: If you just want answers to your questions and not my advice skip ahead.

> While I believe that there are some truths behind "Money doesn't buy happiness", it is a lot easier to be happy knowing that you are well-off.

As a word to the wise from someone a little further down the road let me just say there is more truth than you yet realize in those 4 simple words. Many people don't come to see the truth till their old age looking back on a life filled with regret, so take some time now and seriously contemplate it, because the reality is in 85 very short years you'll likely be dead, and all you ever had will belong to someone else. If the only happiness you get in this life is seeing dollars in your bank account you'll miss out on a lot.

> The leading cause of divorces are because of financial issues. I mean, that has to speak for something.

In the vast majority of divorces it's not a lack of money that's the problem, it's a lack of agreeing on what to do with the money that is. Marriage can work below the poverty line, and above the 1% line. The financial issues of marriage aren't solved with just "more money!"

> I want to be able to support myself, other family members who aren't as well off, and be able to buy my kids (if I have them) a car, pay for their college funds, etc.

Supporting your own family is honorable, but beware when helping out "less fortunate" family members. There are many, many problems that can arise from that if not done properly, and enabling a family member will only make their situation worse, not help them.

> I don't want to be a doctor. Or a lawyer. . . . . who can bank at least a million in one year.

That is a very big dream, but it's not unrealistic. Big dreams are good, and as long as you can approach them level headed they help give you focus. I say that your dream is worthwhile, and although I caution against greed as it can destroy you and your life, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a CEO making $1,000,000.


> So tell me. Where do I start investing and also building my way up to becoming the CEO of a company?

You start right where you are. There is nothing stopping you from pursuing your dream now. Begin with learning. Learn what it takes to be a CEO, learn how other CEO's have done it, learn what your talents are. There will be much learning for you starting out.

I recommend the internet and a library card. Read a CEO's biography (it's as close as you'll come to getting to interview some CEO's). How is it that Donald Trump was able to go from rags to riches twice?! What would it take for you to do that? Learn all there is to learn about running a business, being a leader, and leading a successful venture.

> At what age?

NOW! Bill gates was already writing software and starting Microsoft at your age (not to say you're behind or anything like that.) There is no age limit on being a CEO, and there is certainly no age limit on learning and working hard.

> What majors in college should I be looking at?

This will be up to you and what you feel you would be good at. Do you want to be a CEO just to be a CEO, perhaps some business major then? Learn from other CEO's stories and what they majored in.

> And at what colleges?

Personally there is little impact based on what school you choose. There are CEO's that never went to college, and there are CEO's that went to Yale/Princeton.

The fact is it takes maybe $200 to start an LLC and call yourself a CEO, no college degree needed. What comes after that is actually making the money! In order to do that you have to provide a good or service that people want. The more people you make happy, the more money you'll get.

Something you should know now is that starting a company, and running a company is HARD WORK. I know some owners of start-ups that had to work 60 - 90 hours a week with little to no sleep to build their business. I know others who fell into the CEO position because their daddy owned the company, and they were lazy, and thanks to their lack of action the company collapsed.

> And of course, looking to do this in a legal way.

Welcome to America :), where hard work, sacrifice and the willingness to learn and strive can and do payoff.

One last piece of advice: Don't be a jerk. When you become the CEO of a company and you are making the millions, when you someday are the hotshot, don't look down on those around you. Remember where you came from, and those that helped you along the way, and there will be those that will help you!

People will always respond better to someone who is nice than someone who is a jerk.

Here is some recommended reading once you get that library card:

  • Start by Jon Acuff

  • EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

  • I will teach you to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

  • The millionaire next door by Thomas Stanley

  • The seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey

    There are many more books, but that's a start.

    Jon Acuff went from amateur blogger to best selling author, and is a great motivational writer. His books make me want to run a marathon, and are good for motivating you.

    Dave Ramsey went from bankruptcy to running a 300 person business and earning in the %1 of earners in the nation with a national brand. His book is about being a leader in business and you'll need to lead if you want to be CEO. It's a hard job, and not nearly as cushy as you might think.

    Thomas Stanley is a researcher who studies those with a net worth over $1M and his book will show you that being rich doesn't contradict with a frugal lifestyle.

    The others and highly recommended in general!

    The fact is you'll need to grow up, turn off the TV, and look weird to your friends. How many 15 yr olds do you know reading books about how to run a company and studying up on what it takes to be a CEO, or how to start a business? I don't know many, but I do know that at 17 years old William Gates III started a joint venture with Paul Allen (their first business). They both went on to make the top 20 richest billionaires list. Bill still holds the top spot.

    If you want to be rich, you want to be a CEO, then work at it. Work at it now, work at it often, and work at it always. I have no doubt if you dedicate yourself you can do it. The fact of the matter is that most people reading this are tired just thinking of the work it takes to be CEO, and that's why they never will be.

    Best of luck on your future success, and don't forget the little people.

    ~ Dragon J.

    Edited for formatting.
u/MrDERPMcDERP · 16 pointsr/news

This book describes what you are taking about very well.

Fascinating stuff.

u/Stubb · 16 pointsr/investing

My recommended reading list includes One Up on Wall Street, Fail-Safe Investing, The Black Swan, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, and Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds. The first book talks about picking individual stocks based on what you already know, the second about structuring a portfolio for growth while still playing defense, the third about common fallacies and hubris, the fourth about basic economics, and the fifth about irrational behavior.

If your money is sitting in a US bank account, then you're making a 100% bet on the future of the US dollar. At a minimum, diversify your currency holdings by buying sovereign and high-grade corporate debt in countries with strong currencies.

u/elskertesla · 16 pointsr/teslamotors

It is well known that Tesla has a high turnover rate and that Elon is a tough boss. You should check out this book if you want to learn:

u/larswo · 16 pointsr/wallstreetbets

>He was in the right place at the right time

Incorrect, read the book on him written by Ashlee Vance and you will understand that it was not just so.

u/jplank1983 · 16 pointsr/math

Journey Through Genius is an excellent book that I read when I was an undergrad. If I remember correctly, it focuses on ten (or so) major results and goes through in detail the motivations behind them and the work leading up to them. I found it really interesting. As an undergrad, I took a course on Philosophy of Mathematics (which basically amounted to the history of Math). The prof had written his own textbook for the course and it's available here (scroll down the page until you get to "6. The Art of the Intelligible: An Elementary Survey of Mathematics in its Conceptual Development. Kluwer, 1999." and then click the links below). You may also want to spend some time browsing the extensive MacTutor History of Mathematics website - not a book, but incredibly thorough.

u/AwkwardTurtle · 16 pointsr/science

If anyone's interested in the backround of the pictures, go read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. It's a really great book, and makes you realize what an awesome person he was. The book is written in such a way that you feel as though you're sitting in a room with him and just sort of chatting.

u/Cialis_In_Wonderland · 16 pointsr/worldnews

There are similarities between this and countless other international bailout and assistance programs, from the Irish Potato Famine to the Australian treatment of Aboriginal communities from 1994 to 2012. Charles Smith had a good article on it this week.

>Especially fascinating to learn that the English Government provided ‘relief’ loans to Ireland at market interest with a condition that they could not be used to do anything productive. Basically they set up a scheme to pay a small proportion of each community to build roads, but not a cent could be spent on developing alternate Irish-owned industries or businesses for fear it would upset the rich English industrialists.

>The English imported cheap American corn meal which everyone was forced to buy with the English Gov. financed wages (closing the loop of giving with one hand, taking with the other and adding in a profit to boot) after the Irish had to export all their own grain and livestock to England to pay the land rents.

Similar tactics are documented extensively in Confessions of an Economic Hitman. For example, instead of financing a war they might finance "infrastructure improvements." The IMF gives several billion to a dictator, the dictator steals a large portion, and the rest is (over)spent on Western equipment (turbines, cranes, wire, etc). The country remains on the hook, left with an asset worth a fraction of debt's value.

After the new regime took power, they squandered (some legitimate spending, the rest stolen or wasted) their foreign currency and gold reserves. Now, they are being financed by European and American banks with the "condition" that that money gets spent on weapons from these same European and American countries, "closing the loop of giving with one hand, taking with the other and adding in a profit to boot." It's a tried and true tactic. The end result is an impoverished vassal state, borrowing to survive.

u/enkideridu · 15 pointsr/pics

A lot of them are in this book.

Your library should have a copy. It's a compendium of anecdotes, all of them interesting.

u/Dimmer_switchin · 14 pointsr/news

Michael Pollan has a good book on the subject:
He also does a interview with Joe Rogan:
Interesting stuff.

u/throwbubba1 · 14 pointsr/investing

Stock and bonds are a good way for the middle class to "keep up" with the wealthy. To catch up, you most likely have to provide a good or service in a new and unique way and build a successful company out of it. The vast majority of millionaires earned a lot of their income from a private business. They some of them invested in securities.

There is a good book on this by Thomas Stanley, a professor that researches wealth, called The Millionaire Next Door. Here is the NYT displaying the first chapter for free. It's a good read, it will tell you a great deal about how people in the United States get and stay wealthy.

u/safeaskittens · 14 pointsr/Futurology

Most recommendations I’ve heard are for 0.2g, up to 0.4g of mushrooms. It could be more but generally, what I’ve seen recommended is that if you can feel it, it’s too much. Dose one day, skip two days. It should make you generally feel like your day is better. Your brain can gain the ability to make new neural connections, among other amazing things. Check out the Paul Stamets interview on Joe Rogan around 46:00 and the fantastic
The Psychadelic Explorers Guide on The Tim Ferris show with Jim Fadiman, they discuss it right away. There’s also books, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (though Michael Pollan offers little on microdosing)
about this new frontier of psychedelics plus a new micodosing specific documentary.
Then there’s the wide variety of psychadelic research currently happening, leading back to OP.
Edit: formatting

u/clive892 · 14 pointsr/books

Clifford Stoll's The Cuckoo Egg is an absolutely fascinating insight into tracking a computer hacker transnationally. Well worth a read if you like hearing about hacker stuff.

u/shaansha · 14 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Thanks for the question. Wish I was there myself but not yet ;).

The average Millionaire is not what you think.

Thomas J. Stanley wrote "The Millionaire Next Door"

He highlights critical pieces of advice for any entrepreneur.

First income doesn't equal wealth. We see this a lot on r/entrepreneur that people have a lot of revenue but their margins are slim. Net Worth is what matters.

Also, work your budget. If you don't have a budget get one. You Have to do it. It's a pain but table stakes.

He also speaks about how where you live has an enormous impact on how you spend your money. The key is to live in a neighborhood where most people earn less than you.

And here's an interesting fact: 86% percent of “prestige/luxury” cars are bought by non-millionaires. If someone looks rich they probably aren't.

In the end, save money.

As a way of background I have newsletter where I share proven case studies of successful entrepreneurs. Many of them are quiet successful. If anyone's interested let me know and I can PM you the link. (I've gotten about 10 PM's asking for the link so I thought I would include it here.)

u/iamthewhite · 13 pointsr/elonmusk

Definetly check out the book

I went for the audio book on audible. Was a good commute listen. If Ashley Vance is actually a fan boy, he did a great job hiding it and I'd like to thank him for that.

Some Musk facts from the book:

-photographic memory

-intense, innate drive

-mastery of physics visualization

-loner through childhood

-rough paternal childhood

-future keystones, determined in college: internet, renewable energy, space

-thought both Tesla and SpaceX would fail

There's way more stuff, really consider the book. If there was a perfect person to become 'Elon Musk', it was Elon Musk. I'm glad we have him.

u/dcwj · 13 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

What do you define as successful?

SpaceX has won contracts to resupply the ISS (not sure if they still do this or not)
also won a contract to bring US crews to and from the ISS

Not to mention their huge progress toward re-usable rockets. Fairly recently they landed a rocket on a platform after it had been launched into orbit. I can't really go into the science because I don't understand it, but I'm pretty sure that by almost all accounts, SpaceX has been VERY successful. They entered a "market" that had zero competition and were told by everyone that they'd fail.

Read the book about Elon Musk.

SpaceX is pretty lit.

u/Newton715 · 13 pointsr/Physics

One of my favorite books is Surely Your Joking Mr. Feynman there is another version with an audio cd that is a great listen.

u/DrunkHacker · 13 pointsr/financialindependence

Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a scam and the author has been widely discredited.

Check out "Millionaire Next Door" for real life examples of people that have saved enough to live independently. The mindset of most of the people featured is representative of how to approach financial independence.

u/Gdileavemealone · 13 pointsr/personalfinance

Honestly, it sounds like you're hoping it is illegal. :)

It's most likely not.

u/JoshuaLyman · 12 pointsr/RealEstate

> how the heck are people affording these beautiful houses with granite counter tops crown molding etc with comparable income to mine?

They aren't. Have you seen the number of foreclosures? Please read The Millionaire Next Door. Also, you might check out Dave Ramsey.

I absolutely promise you in all areas there are a significant number of people living paycheck to paycheck. One way I know this is that I have had the opportunity to buy distressed property in almost all price ranges in my city. The largest (I passed) was 9500 SF on 3 acres in one of the most desirable villages here. 50 cents on the dollar...

I'll also promise you this. If you take the trade off and buy something a little less nice but in your range you will be WAY happier than if you get something a bit nicer but have to stress about money all the time.

u/blriber · 12 pointsr/Entrepreneur

The Millionaire Next Door

Read it when I was 16 and completely changed how I thought about money/business/entrepreneurship

u/dla26 · 12 pointsr/learnmath

/u/cm362084 already recommended The Millennium Problems by Keith Devlin, which is literally exactly what you're looking for. If you're interested in other great books about math, 2 I'd recommend are Journey through Genius by William Dunham and Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh.

Journey through Genius is organized such that every other chapter is some important proof (detailed out step-by-step), and the remaining chapters provide the historical/biographical context for those proofs. There are some interesting stories included in the book such as how mathematicians in the middle ages would keep their techniques secret, since there was a chance that another mathematician would come to town and challenge them to a math duel.

Fermat's Enigma tells the story of how Andrew Wiles was able to prove Fermat's Last Theorem, which states that there are no integer solutions to the equation a^n + b^n = c^n for n>2. (This one was a century problem last century, but since it was solved, there was no need to list it as a Millennium Problem.) This is a bit more storytelling than actual math, though Singh doesn't shy away from going a little bit into detail about the underlying math.

The last book to consider is The Poincare Conjecture by Donal O'Shea. The Poincare Conjecture was one of the Millennium problems and was recently solved. I should point out that I can't recommend this book personally because too much of it went over my head. That says more about me than the book, though, so I don't want to leave it off the list just because I was too dumb to get it. :) I never took any classes in topology, so I may want to read up on that and give this book another shot.

u/elefunk · 12 pointsr/todayilearned

I just finished reading Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, what an incredible person. Makes me sad he's still not alive. Recommended you read it too if you haven't already:

Makes me respect Bill Gates even more than I already did.

u/Equipoisonous · 12 pointsr/publichealth

Highly recommend The Ghost Map

u/AmaDaden · 12 pointsr/todayilearned

The book was The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. Your right and I wish this was higher up so people could see it. I'll make this bold so people can see it THEY KNEW HE WAS FAKING THE WHOLE TIME. The author talked to the psychologists who reviewed his case.

u/hedronist · 12 pointsr/videos

I strongly agree that the history of mathematics and computing should be taught as an integral part of any CS / Math degree.

Two books you might want to read by way of a 'history assignment'.

  1. Fumbling the Future -- How Xerox Invented, then Ignored, the First Personal Computer. I was there for part of it (late 70's) and this book pretty much gets it right.

  2. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers. It's about the mathematician Paul Erdos and is one of the more amazing true stories I've ever read.

  3. For extra credit, try the book The Man Who Knew Infinity. There's a recent movie based on the book (I haven't seen it yet); it's gotten a mix of very-good-to-meh reviews.
u/hga_another · 12 pointsr/KotakuInAction

> That's the sad thing, people say "it's the FBI leadership, not the rank and file!" this wasn't Comey and co. This was the rank and file.

A problem, though, is that the leadership generally sets the tone and emphasis of an organization. And since J. Edger Hoover, the primary focus has been political, especially on stuff that generates good publicity. That's why when I was growing up their emphasis and reputation was still based on bank robberies and kidnappings, which are both notorious and particularly easy to solve crimes, because of witnesses in the former, and the need to pick up a ransom in the latter.

If you're into computers, and, heh, this is another "Russia" thing, read The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. The one organization that wouldn't give Cliff Stoll the time of day in tracking down the West German hackers who were being run by the KFB was the FBI, because the crime didn't satisfy their $100,000 or more threshold.

Hoover did seriously care about counter-espionage, but it was always a red headed stepchild in the organization, and he of course was long gone by then. That the FBI started exerting itself so much about claimed Russian espionage and the like last year just by itself makes it very suspicious, they wouldn't do it without a political angle, which we now can be pretty sure was the "insurance policy" they had in case Trump got elected.

u/poli_ticks · 12 pointsr/politics

> when his actions would likely do them far more good than harm.

His actions, in the context of the 2012 campaign, consists solely of standing in front of Republican audiences, and telling them stuff like we ought to end the Wars, close all our foreign bases, end the Empire and end the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, because if we don't we're going to go bankrupt.

That is, in fact, anti-Empire, anti-War. And it is also anti-Wall Street and anti-Corporate. Because Wall Street is the financial nerve center of US Big Business and the Corporate world. And it is in fact, linked to the wars and Empire.

Read e.g.:

Read also:



u/Kurtish · 12 pointsr/neuro

I'm not sure if this is exactly the kind of book you're looking for, but The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat has always been one of my favorites. I think it does a good job of walking through a lot of history and basic neuroscience in the context of some pretty bizarre neurological disorders. Here's a full text if you wanna give it a look.

u/kmc_v3 · 11 pointsr/bayarea

Some advice here for anyone looking for psychedelic therapy.

Mushrooms are still not legal in Oakland, they've just instructed cops not to do anything about possession. So don't expect to see shops selling mushrooms, or therapists giving them to clients. Your best bet is to look for a "psychedelic integration therapist". They won't give you drugs or trip-sit for you, but they specialize in helping clients make sense of psychedelic experiences. Also check out meetups such as those run by the SF Psychedelic Society. Their Psychedelic Therapeutic Use Peer Support Group (there's one that meets in Oakland and one in Petaluma) is great.

There are therapists who practice psychedelic therapy underground. They don't advertise, obviously, so you'll need to make connections to find them. I can't help you there.

You don't need a professional guide to benefit from psychedelics. In fact few therapists have training or experience in this unique modality. More than formal training, it's important to have a trusted trip sitter (ideally someone who's taken psychedelics before), a safe and comfortable setting, and a positive mental state going in. If you want to read trip reports, there are thousands available on Erowid. I recommend the book Psychedelic Psychotherapy by R. Coleman (although I don't endorse everything in it). How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan is a popular book that covers a lot of topics related to the psychedelic renaissance. Also check out /r/PsychedelicTherapy.

Both psilocybin and MDMA are in the FDA approval pipeline and might be legally prescribed for therapy within the next 10 years. You could potentially do this now if you qualify for a clinical trial.

Hopefully we will soon see full legalization and a safe way for people to access these experiences that doesn't require them to label themselves as "sick". There is a ballot measure in Oregon next year which would be a big step in that direction.

u/stalematedizzy · 11 pointsr/norge

> Det er liten fare for dødelige forgiftninger ved bruk av hallusinogener, men dette vil avhenge av dosen, forteller Høiseth.

Det finnes ingen kjent dødelig dose av DMT eller andre vanlige tryptaminer så vidt jeg vet. Folk med hjerteproblemer skal uansett være varsomme. Det samme kan sies om folk som sliter med schizofreni eller har familiemedlemmer som gjør det.

> Legen påpeker at risikoen for avhengighet av stoffer som DMT vil være relativt lav.

Heller ikke-eksisterenede risiko for avhengighet, men psykedeliske stoffer har vist seg å værre langt mer effektive for å stoppe avhengighet av alt mulig rart, enn det legemiddelindustrien så langt har prestert å gjøre penger på

> De viktigste bivirkningene var kvalme og oppkast.

Noe som er en viktig del av prosessen for mange. Oppkast er derfor ikke en bivirkning i dette tilfellet, noe som forklares slik lenger opp i artikkelen:

>Spyingen blir sett på som en renselse av kropp og sinn.

> Det er som om ayahuascaen har fått tak i et virus som ikke tjener deg lenger. Plutselig ligger depresjonen, det dårlige forholdet eller traumer du har slitt med, oppi bøtta. Man får en dypere innsikt og forstår at det som plager deg, ikke trenger å være et problem lenger.

"En studie nylig publisert i Psychological Medicine viser at ayahuasca kan ha positiv effekt på sterk depresjon."

Dette stemmer godt overens med mitt anekdotiske tilfelle.

> – Én ting er å behandle mennesker med alvorlige sykdommer. Noe helt annet er det at friske mennesker inntar hallusinogener i søken etter mening med livet. Å klusse med kjemien i en frisk hjerne er et hasardspill, sier Hasle.

Jeg tror de aller fleste kan ha godt av å bli litt bedre kjent med seg selv. Dette er verktøy som har blitt brukt i tusenvis av år og ikke uten god grunn. Jeg vil påstå at det er minst like hasardiøst å proppe kropp og sinn fullt av avhengighetsskapende lykkepiller, som SSRI'er med tvilsomme bivirkninger og praktisk talt ingen bedre effekt enn placebo, i undersøkelser som ikke er utført av legemiddelindustrien selv.

Til sist vil jeg si at om mann velger å innta et psykedelisk stoff, bør man gjøre grundig research på forhånd og gjøre det i så trygge omgivelser som mulig.

Her er en ganske god artikkelserie for folk som vil vite mer:

Anbefaler også den siste boka til Michael Pollan:

Edit: Psykedeliske erfaringer er av mange grunner svært vanskelige å sette ord, siden ord ofte blir fattige. Her er en som gjør et hederlig forsøk likevel:

u/jms3r · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

read the book the psychopath test apparently glibness / superficial charm is a very strong indicator of psychopathy

I think the biggest warning flag is if a person has a clear sense of humour and such but, as with this kid, never seems to quite have their shit together in certain areas

u/grapeape25 · 11 pointsr/uwaterloo

If you're just looking to learn instead of fulfilling a degree requirement then it is a probably more useful to pickup a book and do it yourself.

Some useful subs:

u/newpua_bie · 11 pointsr/Economics

Athletes constitute a extreme minority, especially superstars like LeBron. While his example was a little extreme in how lucky the beginnings was, the story is by no means rare. The is a popular book called The Millionaire Next Door which goes to explain how most millionaires in the US got their wealth.

In the vast majority of cases, it's quite straightforward: spend less than you earn, and maximize tax-advantaged investing. Don't waste money on expensive cars or other forms of wasteful spending. Keep doing that for a couple of decades, and you'll be a millionaire.

Of course, the above path does come with assumptions. First is that you need to have an employable degree, and not be crippled by student debt in a way that makes you lose a big chunk of your early earnings. Second is that you need to be not unlucky and e.g. not have an expensive medical emergency. Having a spouse definitely helps (but is not required), and not having kids also helps (but they won't make anything impossible).

Bottom line is that the most millionaires in the US are not sportsmen, nor are they born to immense privilege.

u/ACardAttack · 11 pointsr/math

Journey Through Genius, I couldn't put it down, it goes through some of the greatest/most well known proofs in math. It is a book that goes into detail and while one may need to reread a section a couple times to comprehend, it does a great job of explaining what is going in

u/floats · 11 pointsr/

This paragraph from Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! really got to me...

> I had obviously done something to myself psychologically: Reality was so important - I had to understand what really happened to Arlene, physiologically - that I didn't cry until a number of months later, when I was in Oak Ridge. I was walking past a department store with dresses in the window, and I thought Arlene would like one of them. That was too much for me.

u/LateralThinkerer · 11 pointsr/Justrolledintotheshop

Cliff Stoll doesn't recommend metal openers for his Klein Bottles.

Fun fact: Cliff wrote one of the first investigative books on overseas espionage/hacking in the 1980s "The Cuckoo's Egg" and has a lot of other neat topological glassware on the site.

u/TomTheNurse · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

There is a book written about John Harrison and his incredible work. It's a very good read. An aside. I was in a small museum in Bermuda and they had one of his original clocks on display. It was cool to see.

u/WhackAMoleE · 10 pointsr/compsci

If you have not read The Cuckoo's Egg, definitely do. In fact you can read pretty much anything Clifford Stoll writes and it's just what you're looking for.

u/DustinEwan · 10 pointsr/investing

The answer, as usual is: it depends.

If you want to invest your money, then there's no better time than now. However, the implication is that when you invest that money you have to leave it sit long enough to do it's work.

At 19 and wanting to invest, you have time on your side. You need to be able to stomach volatility in the market and not get excited when your stocks rally for 30%, nor should you despair when the stocks plummet by 40%.

Traditionally speaking, the stock market averages between 6%~8% a year, which is much better than any savings account you're going to find. However, you shouldn't treat it as a savings account because volatility will almost certainly put you in a bad position to sell whenever you need the money most.

If you feel like you can stomach that volatility and turn a blind eye to both the rallies and collapses, then the stock market may certainly be for you. If you are NOT looking to place your money in good companies for a long period of time (10+ years), then it's my opinion that you are simply speculating... in which case you may as well go to the casino.

If at this point you have decided that you would like to invest in the stock market, you now need to figure out the degree of involvement you would like to dedicate.

If you're looking for a simple hands off investment, then you should just invest in an index fund such as VFINX, SWPPX, or QQQ.

Index funds closely track the performance of the market and charge minimal fees. They are pretty much totally hands off on your part, and are the Ronco of stock investing. Just set it and forget it, and enjoy your ride on the market.

A step above that are mutual funds. They actively try to beat indexes, but charge a fee to do so. There are mutual funds for any style of investing, and people tend to choose mutual funds that coincide with where they think success will lie. That means choosing foreign or domestic, stocks or bonds, and even individual sectors like technology, retail, energy, etc.

The world of mutual funds is vast, and provide an opportunity to beat the market, but it comes with a price. I'll leave the rest up to you to do your research.

Finally comes individual stock picking. Picking individual stocks is the highest risk, but also have the potential for the highest returns. Also, there are no fees except for the fee for purchasing your shares.

There is also a lot to this world, as I'm sure you know, but if this route interests you, then I would suggest you pick up a few books, beginning with The Intelligent Investor.

This book is, in my opinion, the best introduction out there to investing for long term wealth.

Finally, since you're so young and you seem to have an eye out for your personal finances, I absolutely recommend you read The Millionaire Next Door.

Good luck!

u/Ethyl_Mercaptan · 10 pointsr/conspiracy

Those are the books that you should read.

Here are also some good resources:

Paul Craig Roberts worked in the Reagan administration:

This is a good multi-part article excerpted from one of the books above:

Michael Glennon’s abstract about his book:

A PDF of the “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” book if you don’t want to buy it:

This is when the reporter asked Bill Clinton about Mena:

Article on the coup attempt in France:

All of is very good. There is probably a lot of good information there most haven’t heard of. The main guy, Russ Baker, is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist.

Bet you didn’t know that Bob Woodward was a state intelligence asset/disinformationist?

All part of the record…. Enjoy.

u/Xelcho · 10 pointsr/worldnews

Yet another example of how to move money from the state to the private sector. Where are the magic economic forecasts that would make John Perkins blush?

>The website lists Capital City Partners, a private real estate investment fund by global investors focused on investment and development and led by Emirati Mr. Mohamed Alabbar.

u/shadowofashadow · 10 pointsr/conspiracy

>Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens.

I guess this is just a coincidence though.

u/ergonomicsalamander · 10 pointsr/booksuggestions

Oliver Sacks is a neurologist who writes gripping nonfiction about bizarre conditions. Two great ones to check out are The Island of the Colorblind and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

u/zakats · 10 pointsr/verizon

DM doesn't just stand for District Manager, it also stands for Dick-Move. Upper management types and such tend to skew heavier toward narcissism than the general populace fwiw. (see The Psychopath Test)

u/Vivificient · 10 pointsr/slatestarcodex

> is because my ability to focus for non-trivial stuff has been completely shot by years of doing nothing but surf the web (literally), I'm having a hard time getting anything systematically done, even basic reading.

Here's a method that doesn't work very well:

  • Visuallize long-term goal for your life

  • Think of how much smarter you need to be to fulfill the goal

  • Collect large stack of books (or websites) with information you think should be in your head

  • Try to read and memorize all the books

  • Lament your lack of willpower

    Here's a better method:

  • Visuallize long-term goal for your life

  • Figure out specific short-term goals (not abstract self-improvement goals like "read a book", but specific accomplishments like "write a program to do x")

  • Aggressively search books (and websites) for the specific information you need for each step of the short-term goal, ignoring everything else

  • If you get curious about something else from your stack of books, go ahead and read it only until your curiosity is satisfied, then go back to your goals

    > rationalism is appealing both by virtue of the people I've been meeting and the practical effects it has been having for me on the occasions that I've managed to use it. But I'm more than a little intimidated by the SSC backlog: there's so much there! And that's just SSC. I have no idea where to begin.

    It is likely a mistake to think that rationality will be a philosophy that will change your entire life by virtue of reading things. There is a lot of very interesting material to read in the "rationalsphere", but most of it is not self-help material and you may be disappointed if you expect it will all be highly applicable to your daily life.

    What you will find is a lot of material that can help clarify your thinking and give you more knowledge about many intriguing domains. The "Sequences" (long series of blog posts collected into an E-book) by Yudkowsky are the standard resource that much of this community has read (or pretends to have read). If you have not studied science, probability, psychology, and philosophy, then it is pretty eye-opening stuff! Like taking a seminar course from a brilliant but highly eccentric professor. That said, some of it is boring or hard to read, so just skip around and follow the hyperlinks to the parts that interest you.

    If the main thing you have done for the past two years is to browse websites, then you must already know that reading good material is compulsive and so I am not sure what is stopping you from spending all your spare time reading the entire archives of LessWrong and Slate Star Codex. Either you are enjoying it and you keep reading, or you are not enjoying it and you stop.

    HOWEVER, if you are trying to force yourself to read through the annals of Rationality because you think it will fix your flaws as a person, or make you a genius, you will probably be disappointed.

    If you are really looking more for a self-help book of how to change your life with logic and rational behaviour, a decent one is How To Fail At Almost Everything by Scott Adams.
u/EnigmaticPM · 10 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Scott Adams calls this the 'Moist Robot Hypothesis'. Like a dog being trained, he views people as machines (or moist robots) responding to stimuli. Instead of fruitlessly trying to motivate yourself he advocates changing your environment to reinforce the behaviors you desire. I think this is the basic idea that Perry is advocating. And they both recognise that you act as the 'owner' setting the incentives and the 'dog' being trained.

A related idea that both Perry and Adams touch on is that it's more effective to be systems driven not goals driven. Don't focus on "I'm going to run a marathon", focus on incentivising yourself to go running four times a week. Focus on "I'll write blog posts every Tuesday and Thursday" over "I'm going to make Scott Alexander look like an amateur." Perry describes this as the difference between “getting things done” from “doing things.”

The practical implications will be different for everyone however it means acting as the owner to understand the reactions to stimuli (diet, incentives, sleep routine, emotional states, etc) and then setting up processes / systems that reinforce the positive behaviours and disincentivise the negative. The general idea Adams words:

> Take a volunteer and ask him all of his favorite sensations. This could range from the taste of his favorite food, to foot massages, to sexual stimulation, to warm baths, to his favorite song. Then spend a few weeks showing the volunteer a particular and not-too-common object whenever the positive sensations are applied. For example, you might pick a sock monkey as your object because you don’t see them often, and they don’t carry with them any sort of special association beyond generic fun. After two weeks of intensely associating sock monkeys with favorite sensations, the volunteer’s brain would make a permanent connection. Thereafter, any time he wanted to turn a bad mood into a good mood, he would look at his sock monkey and his brain would execute its happiness subroutine. It’s safer and quicker than pharmaceuticals. The only risk is that the volunteer might fall in love with his sock monkey. But I’m not judging.

This has high cross over with the ideas of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is considered pseudo-scientific by many. NLP practitioners call this 'anchoring'.

If you're interested Adams goes into some detail on what this practically means in his book 'How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big'.

u/Quality_Bullshit · 10 pointsr/SpaceXLounge

It's from Ashlee Vance's biography link

u/OllyFunkster · 10 pointsr/ECE

If you're interested in something that's more story than technical reference, you might enjoy The Soul Of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder:

It's got techy stuff in there too, but takes you through the history of a particular machine's creation.

u/OklaJosha · 9 pointsr/teslamotors

The one by Ashley Vance is great. I read it for a business entrepreneurship class.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

u/Chocklatesoop · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes
u/Do_not_reply_to_me · 9 pointsr/engineering
u/RocketMoonBoots · 9 pointsr/worldnews

Fair enough. What are the job prospects supposed to be from it - are there any numbers out from both "sides" that you know of?

Personally, I can empathize with the need for better immigration control and the like, but see building a huge wall as unnecessary and fairly archaic, kind of barbaric. As well, it strikes me right in the "why can't we all get along" zone which is admittedly somewhat naive, but I see construction of such a wall as sending the wrong message to the world and future. There are better ways to go about this, undoubtedly.

As an aside, have you heard of or ever read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins before? It's really fascinating and informative.

Some of the critiques of it are a little dismissive, but there are just as many that corroborate it, along with historical accounts, as well as what we see today.

Basically, it talks about how we made purposefully un-pay-back-able loans to Mexico a few decades ago, when they really needed the help, with the express purpose of getting leverage on them politically, economically, and socially. Now, to be fair, many of the people associated with the loans on the Mexican side are guilty of knowing what was going on, while others that may not have known the full ramifications were of the corrupt type and ran away with a lot of the money that was to go into infrastructure, but that does not take away from the States' goal from the beginning and subsequent fallout. In summary, we're responsible for the problems in Mexico more than we realize. That is another reason I do not support the wall. All together, it's just a bad, bad idea; spiritually, economically, logistically, politically.


u/STI-lish · 9 pointsr/The_Donald

USAID is a fallacy, its used to burden foreign governments with huge US dollar loans to provide leverage to the US government to controls said governments and keep their people poor. Check out Confessions of an Economic Hitman, chilling:

u/abednego8 · 9 pointsr/worldnews

Read this book, same shit:
Confessions of an Economic Hitman

u/conservativecowboy · 9 pointsr/investing

Based on your questions and lack of knowledge, keep your money in a savings account. Spend a couple of months learning about investing, how to read financial reports, how to decipher an 8k and 10k report. I don't mean this to be condescending, but if you start investing now or in six months, there will be almost no difference in your earnings, but there could be a huge difference in your losses unless you take some time to learn about the various investing methods, theories, and the actual hows and whys.

Start reading Peter Lynch's One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street and Learn to Earn.
Each brings different things to the table. Again, please take no offense, but Learn to Earn is probably where you should start. It's aimed at teens/young adults learning about investing for the first time.

I'd recommend hitting up the library for these. When you get to the library, you'll find shelves of books on how to invest. Some are useless and others really good. Read a few chapters in each. If you have questions, run it by this board. There are plenty of people here who are more than happy to share their mainly educated opinions. And the good thing about reddit is that if one of us says something wrong, others are quick to correct or offer their two cents.

I'd also recommend The Millionaire Next Door, The Black Swan and the Richest Man in Babylon. while these last ones aren't how to invest, they are books about why and how we invest.

I'm a Taleb groupie and read everything by the man. I loved Black Swan, and also loved Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorderso you may want to try that one when your reading pile dwindles.

Keep saving, but take your time investing. Learn the basics, stick your toe in and then take the plunge.

u/scottstedman · 9 pointsr/videos

If it interests you, pick up Isaacson's biography of Jobs. It's a bit dry but you'll get an idea of it. He was basically an unabashed, brutal perfectionist to the extent that he nearly bankrupted his blossoming company several times because of it. He was a crazy hipster who was interested in nothing but homeopathic medicine, never showered because he hated chemicals, and was an asshole to his closest friends and he belittled his coworkers for efforts he deemed unworthy of his company on a nearly daily basis.

More reading on it, if you care. I know it's gawker but at least they link to good sources.

u/ychromosome · 9 pointsr/worldnews
u/cinepro · 9 pointsr/exmormon

There's a book about that. It's more common than you might expect...

The Millionaire Next Door

u/MewsashiMeowimoto · 9 pointsr/bloomington

There are two sort of relevant standards involved. First is competency, which is whether a defendant is or can be made to be competent to stand trial- basically, are they too crazy to assist in their own defense, understand what is happening in the court proceeding, etc.? Second is an insanity defense, basically, were they insane at the time that they committed the offense to the extent that they didn't understand what it was that they were doing?

Both require examination and testimony from a psychiatrist to establish, and they're generally pretty hard to fake. There can also be consequences for faking that aren't great- such was the subject of Jon Ronson's book, The Psychopath Test. Fascinating read:

u/DAM1313 · 9 pointsr/news

If you want to learn more about sociopaths in a simplified but still good form, read this book.

As for what I said, if you're confident in your ability to detect a sociopath by his or her appearance, someone who's able to disguise those traits will be able to play off your misplaced confidence in them if they passed your test.

u/theestranger · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

For a slightly lighter - yet no less disturbing - read, check out The Psychopath Test. Blew my mind.

u/dodli · 8 pointsr/booksuggestions

A few graphic novels:

  1. From Hell - Cerebral, philosophical, and fastidiously researched, this is the story of the most notorious of them all, Jack the Ripper. Masterful, somber drawings and brilliant writing, if a little too high brow for my taste.
  2. My Friend Dahmer - You won't find gore here, nor a particularly engaging plot. What you will find is authentic autobiographical vignettes written by an actual school mate of Jeffry Dahmer's that try to shed some light on the early years of this nefarious, but fascinating serial killer, but mostly seem to be an outlet for the author to process his own emotions with regards to having known and been friends with such a monster. It's not a very compelling read, i'm afraid, but on the bright side, it's quite short and the artwork is cool.
  3. The Green River Killer - An account of the investigation of the Green River murders, focusing on one of the lead detectives, who happens to be the author's father. Nice artwork, so-so plot.
  4. Miss Don't Touch Me - An absolutely delightful fictional novel that takes place in early 20th century Paris. It is fast-moving, suspenseful, sexy and hugely entertaining. Great artwork and a fun story. Highly recommended!

    A couple more books that are on my wish list, though i haven't read them yet, are:

u/Beren- · 8 pointsr/SecurityAnalysis
u/Chr0me · 8 pointsr/programming

Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll. Well worth $10.

u/Java_Beans · 8 pointsr/financialindependence

Read the book The Millionaire Next Door

Second: teach yourself to save a PERCENTAGE of your income. Don't care about the amount, care more about the percentage. If you teach yourself to save 10% (for example) and increase it with time, that will be great. We all ignore this because at the very beginning of work life the 10% is in pennies, but if you committed to it, you will keep doing it when your salary is twice as much.

u/Qeng-Ho · 8 pointsr/spacex
u/madplayshd · 8 pointsr/AskEngineers

This is just from me having read 20% of a biography about him. Note that this was not a biography by him and he originally did not even want to contribute to it. He did end up contributing, but the book is based upon interviews with hundreds of people and the writer makes very clear that it is not 'Musks truth'.

He made his own rockets during his childhood, including rocket fuel.

He coded a lot of stuff, releasing a video game at age 12

The only reason he ever studied anything is because he thought it was advantageous for him. He always visited the least amount of classes necessary, and only got good grades when he needed to. At first, he sucked at school. Then someone told him you need certain grades to advance. Next time he got the best grades possible. Other examples of this is him inquiring about the highest paying job possible and ending up shoveling out boilers in a hazmat suit for 18 dollars/hour. He was one of 3/18 to keep doing it after a week.

If he has a goal, he works until he reaches it, no matter what anyone tells him. There are plenty of examples were engineers told him something is impossible, and he then went ahead and fixed the code behind their backs. With his first startup he worked 16, 18 hours a day, sleeping in front of the computer, instructing employees to kick him awake when they arrived at the office.

He apparently takes active part in the design of SpaceX and Tesla components. As in, he actually stays up to date on everything and gives his input. He is definitely not just a CEO doing buisiness stuff in the background. Read his twitter and it will be apparent that he takes active part in the engineering side of things.

In fact, he can be considered a pretty bad manager. If someone is wrong about something, using wrong equations or whatever, he is very brusque about correcting them. He expects everyone else to work as hard as he does, and is not really a charming, social, outgoing guy. It seems like the only reason people work for him is that they share his vision (to colonize mars).

u/well_uh_yeah · 8 pointsr/books

I have three books that I love to loan out (or just strongly recommend to those weirdos out there who refuse a loaner):

u/mkor · 8 pointsr/GradSchool

Maybe not strictly in the topic, however very, very motivational - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman.

u/audibull · 8 pointsr/math

From memory, Feynman and his wife Arline had a game of writing to each other in code while Feynman was at Los Alamos and she was in hospital with TB in Santa Fe (I think). The army censors continually cracked the shits and said "no more codes, we can't afford the man hours required to crack them". Later on he mentioned in a letter the interesting property of 1 / 243 = blah blah and the censors wrote back saying "we said 'no more codes'". Feynman then tried to reason with them that 0.00411522633744855967078189300412 contains no more information in it than the number 243 (and he's right).

Everybody should go and read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! if they haven't already, I can't recommend it highly enough. Give it to your Dad for Christmas and read it while he's having an afternoon nap on Boxing Day.

u/troller10 · 8 pointsr/books

7th grade - Where the Winds Sleep: Man’s Future on the Moon - a Projected History”

High School: Foundation Trilogy & Earth Abides

University - les Miserables - Victor Hugo, unabridged version & Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse.

20's - Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance & the River Why

30's - The boat who wouldn't float - Farley Mowat, , and all his other books.

40's - Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman

u/kilna · 8 pointsr/C_S_T

Leadership is near-universally populated by wealthy ivy league oligarchs, who use the agency's power toward corporatist ends. This book is a good primer:

u/mrsgarrison · 8 pointsr/politics

Yeah, this is very true. We've been blackmailing foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and giving contracts to American business for over a half-century. A really good read on how this topic: Confessions of an Economic Hitman - John Perkins.

u/Widerstand543 · 8 pointsr/China
u/King_Tofu · 8 pointsr/personalfinance

the books reccomended in the faq provide abundant info. Specifically,

"The millionaire next door" -- explains the importance of defensive spending and talks about how fiscal responsibility is passed to your kids depending on your money attitude.

"I will teach you to be rich" is a good general primer.

"The boglehead's guide to investing" introduces all the options out there and explains why investing in low-cost index funds is best for the long run.

edit: "I will teach you to be rich" is a more stimulating read, followed by millionaire, and last is boglehead.

edit 2: Millionaire is more "mindset" with not many practical advice except for its section on how financial responsibility is inherited onto kids

u/johnsmithindustries · 7 pointsr/personalfinance

Me too! For a little motivation, check out Mr. Money Mustache and Early Retirement Extreme. For some really good information, check out Get Rich Slowly and The Simple Dollar - both have extensive archives on frugality, saving, investing, and debt repayment. I read all of those every day.

Here are some basics:

  1. Start an emergency fund in a new savings account with 3-6 months of expenses. Don't touch this unless there is an emegency (job loss, car repairs, etc.). This will keep you from aquiring any debt and allows you to be bold with your savings/investment goals.

  2. If your employer has a matching program for your 410K, contribute as much as you need to get the match. This is FREE MONEY and as a bonus your contributions reduce your taxes for this year.

  3. If you have any high-interest debt (~7+%), pay it off. If not, start a Roth IRA and try to max it out every year ($5000/yr). I recommend low cost index funds or a Target retirement fund (aka "lifecycle fund") with a low expense ratio. Because contributions to Roth IRAs are from after-tax earnings, this money will grow/remain tax free for the rest of your life.

  4. If you have any other debt, pay it off as fast as you can using a debt snowball.

  5. If you have any left over, contribute the maximum you can to try and max out your 401K ($16500/year) - the more you contribute, the more you save on your taxes this year.

  6. Save, save, save. With your goal you need to save as much of your income as possible. If you can max your 401K and Roth every year, you'll be well on your way to financial security. But those are your retirement savings, and you won't be able to utilize them for a while. So your best bet is to save and invest a large portion of your remaining income - this will ensure that you will not have to take on any additional debt and can save thousands if not hundreds of thousands along the way (think paying cash for a house vs. a 30 year mortgage)

    ERE and MMM both are into frugal lifestyles combined with established passive income streams from real estate and investment earnings. That seems like the way to go, especially given the low prices for real estate and the increase in renting.

    I would also start reading on these topics. For an eye-opening motivational read, try The Millionaire Next Door - I recommend that to everyone regarless of their personal finance goals. For starters in investing, The Boglehead's Guide to Investing is great, and a lot of the information can be found free at the wiki. GRS has a great post from a while ago on the 25 Best Books About Money.
u/jay9909 · 7 pointsr/investing

I read the following, in roughly this order:

u/solidh2o · 7 pointsr/Futurology

I suggest you take a couple days to read this book:

It's quite telling and it debunks the idea that the majority of the wealthy are what is depicted in those pictures.

Also a great book: Lights in the tunnel; :

This one focuses specifically on how to approach post scarcity without collapsing the economy. I'm not sure that it's the approach I 100% agree with, but we have to start the conversation somewhere. I'm hoping someone picks this one up to make a documentary out of it.

u/Danasus1346 · 7 pointsr/shrooms

Either check out this book or Check out this Ted Talk

u/mechakreidler · 7 pointsr/teslamotors

You might be interested in reading his biography :)

It's extremely well written, I highly recommend it

u/throwawayland69 · 7 pointsr/Futurology

He's frequently thrown tons of his own money at his companies when they were in the early stages and struggling, even risking bankruptcy. Source: His biography.

u/I_just_made · 7 pointsr/news

You should probably read the biography written a year or two ago about Musk. You tag him as rich, but the reality is that he put everything on the line multiple times to save his companies. No one man can accomplish what SpaceX and Tesla do, but it is clear that Musk is a leader in the tech industry. Those were all pipe dreams, but he had the thought to make dreams reality by bringing the right people together under the right conditions.


u/RhoPrime- · 7 pointsr/math

Journey Through Genius: Exploring the Great Theorems of Mathematics. - William Dunham

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

A great read that does walkthroughs of proofs and breakthroughs. Highly recommended.

u/therealdarkcirc · 7 pointsr/ems


Really good read, lots of short stories, presented in a way that really emulates the flow in an ED.

Edit: I should maybe add that the stories aren't all funny, so it can move from hilarious to utterly soulcrushing with no warning.

1,000 Naked Strangers

More of a dramatic retelling of a career in field EMS. Good writing, interesting.

u/Hime_Takamura · 7 pointsr/WTF
u/Insetick · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

How so? Doctors share stories all the time. This book I'm reading is full of them. I don't recall my HIPAA training word-for-word, but the gist of it is that you can share information if the patient can't be identified.

u/ScannerBrightly · 7 pointsr/programming

I was thinking more along the lines of Soul of A New Machine

u/mountainwalker · 7 pointsr/Astronomy
u/rathat · 7 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Autobiography of Richard Feynman, what fucking brilliant hilarious man.

You will love this book no matter if you're into science or not, I promise.

u/nate_rausch · 7 pointsr/JordanPeterson

Well I think you might find it easier if you dispensed with all those categories (economics, gender, law, etc.). They are useful in terms of specialization, but unless you're doing a specialization, I find it most helpful to try to get to the bottom of things and ignore categories. Most of these overlap.

The great book that taught me to think this way, and after which a lot more in the world started to make sense was Surely you're joking Mr Feynman. Essentially the difference is between trying to get it right (makes everything overwhelming/confusing) vs understanding it (looking for good explanations).

The beginning of infinity by David Deutsch has something similar.

I know this may seem totally irrellevant, but for me this was the thing that removed that feeling of being overwhelmed by knowledge forever.

That said, I am too consuming incredible amounts of JP. Probably an average of.. wow, maybe 2 hours per day since I first discovered him 5 months ago or so.

u/zxain · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was the fuckin man. I strongly suggest that everyone read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" if they haven't already. It's filled with memoirs and great insight to how he viewed the world. It's a fantastically good read that I couldn't put down until I finished it.

u/fireballs619 · 7 pointsr/books

This is going to seem like a really strange choice, but it's coming from another 16 year old. I recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, as it is one of my absolute favorite books. It may only appeal to him if he likes science or engineering, but it's worth a shot regardless.

In a similar vein to the Chronicles of Narnia, may I recommend The Hobbit/ The Lord of the Rings? Both are great stories that he may like. Although they are not the best written books in terms of writing quality (in my opinion), the Inheritence Cycle by Christopher Paolini might appeal for entertainment value. Perhaps a lesser known author that I greatly enjoy is Megan Whalen Turner, author of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. I just became aware of this book and have thus never read it, but A Conspiracy of Kings by the same author is bound to be good.

Steering away from fantasy, he may also like science fiction. I recommend any Ray Bradbury. Most of his stories are short, so for someone who doesn't read often they are great. My favorite are the Martian Chronicles, but R is for Rocket is also a good compilation. All of the Artemis Fowl series are recommended as well.

If I think of any more, I will certainly edit this post.

u/bushgoliath · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

I loved biomedical pop-sci with a passion when I was in high school. "Stiff" was on my bookshelf for sure. Didn't read Atul Gawande's stuff until later, but enjoyed them very much. My favorites from when I was a teen were:

u/whiskydinner · 7 pointsr/infj

hey OP, when i was around your age, i felt/acted quite similarly. it took me years, but now people often express complete surprise when i reveal that i am actually an introvert. so, alongside all the good advice already in this thread...

social skills can be learned. many times us INFJs don't want to make any moves until we feel that we understand the landscape. so, go learn the landscape. pick up some self-help books on conversational skills (and just about living a better life), and then put that learning to use. one of my favorites is How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. that one is not about conversation, per se, but it's written by an ENTP and i found it wonderful.

the other side of the coin is that, when you talk more freely, you will end up saying things that come out wrong, or stupid, or whatever. that's just life. you will never be perfect. you will never put out the perfect words all the time. mistakes happen, so teach yourself through mindfulness to accept them. sure, you'll cringe for hours when trying to fall asleep one night about something you said and what if the person you said it to thinks you're a total moron now? in those moments, do some breathing exercises, distract yourself, don't wallow in it, and i promise you, you will get over it. and not only that, you'd be repeatedly proving to yourself that life goes on and not to stress the minutia so much, and you will eventually lead a freer life that revolves around who you are as a human and not the opinions of others.

there's nothing inherently wrong with you. growing into yourself is a process, so try to be cognizant of that. do your best and don't be so hard on yourself, and try to teach yourself the skills you will need to get to where you want to be. the thing that turned my social anxiety upside down was working customer service jobs. it's awful, but it's basically akin to exposure therapy. just my two.

u/cherry_coughdrops · 7 pointsr/investing

Peter Lynch made a shitload of money for the Magellan Fund in the 80s by investing in retail brands that his teenage daughter wouldn't stop yammering on about. He talks about it in one of his books, maybe One Up on Wallstreet.

u/SpecialOfficerDoofy · 7 pointsr/The_Donald

A reckoning is coming, losing Flynn sucks for Trump and team but he is no dummy and will learn from this mistake. I'd say get yourself a copy of this and let the man do his thing.

u/Jurph · 7 pointsr/netsecstudents

Go get the Verizon DBIR for 2016, and then start reading back issues. Consider also Silence on the Wire which talks about all the ways that information leakage attacks can be launched -- it's really easy to understand. And if you haven't read it yet, The Cuckoo's Egg is one of the first public accounts of a computer system administrator discovering, hunting, and eventually catching a hacker.

u/MekkaLekkaHigh · 7 pointsr/conspiracy

Conspiracies do exist, and its sad that the words "conspiracy theory" have such a negative connotation, because these things do happen. I don't believe Obama is a muslim, or that the moon landing was faked btw.

I'm not sure if I believe the US perpetuated 9/11 itself, or if it merely allowed it to happen, or maybe they were not involved at all. But my Reichstag example is still true. Conspiracies happen. To say that its impossible is naive.

Is this 4 star general also a conspiracy theorist?

What about the author of this book?

u/ScorpM · 7 pointsr/worldpolitics

Read up on the "Project For a New American Century" ( and the neo-con plan for the Middle East. Also, read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" ( specifically the section dealing with the Shah of Iran and how he was placed in power. I'm sure that Noam Chomsky could answer this better than most of us.

That will get you started on the right direction as least.

u/emr1028 · 7 pointsr/Economics

You know, a lot of this aid isn't good... much of it goes to buy weapons and power for extremely corrupt governments and helps to establish the power structures that keep people poor. Sure, in cases like Somalia it is only humane to provide food aid, but I think that we have to reassess our aid policies in a lot of these countries, not just in Africa but around the world.

I'm reading Confessions of an Economic Hitman right now and he makes a pretty good case for how a lot of the aid that we give helps to impoverish the people in those countries that we "aid." I recognize that the book talks mainly about loans, not aid, but the points about how aid increases income inequality remain solid.

u/asusc · 7 pointsr/worldnews

I highly recommend "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins if you're interested in learning more about how governments, NGOs, and businesses profit from developing countries.

"Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led."

u/zlhill · 7 pointsr/medicine

You would appreciate anything by Oliver Sacks. He was a celebrated neurologist who wrote a bunch of great books about consciousness and fascinating stories about conditions he saw in his practice from a very philosophical rather than strictly clinical point of view. You could start with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Hallucinations, or Awakenings. He gave a nice TED talk if you want to get a taste for it.

u/trustifarian · 6 pointsr/todayilearned
u/whattodo-whattodo · 6 pointsr/changemyview

Well, Trump wants to bring back Reagan era policies. I'm not projecting to the future so much as I'm remembering the past. I get that you're upset by this - I am too. But my being upset doesn't change what he's saying.

Also, if you feel like reading from an authoritative, first hand source, I strongly suggest Confessions of an Economic Hitman. The ways in which we manipulated and stole from other countries makes this look like a small time smash & grab operation. Separately if you've never heard of a banana republic (not the brand) you should read about United fruit. In that case it wasn't about forcing people to buy at a given rate, it was about forcing people to sell to us at a given rate. But it's the same difference.

I'm not defending the horrific nature of the plan. I am only arguing the point that it works to create jobs. It creates lots of other things too, like war.

u/axm59 · 6 pointsr/Neuropsychology

I have this sitting on my shelf waiting to be read

It was suggested reading for a Neuropsychology course that I had to drop.

u/ardaitheoir · 6 pointsr/Harmontown

Well this was an ... exuberant start to the episode. The song is "On My Radio" by The Selecter. There's a delightful music video for it. Jeff's musical choices are particularly peppy this week.

They're on segment overdrive! Things Dan Shouldn't Be Allowed to Complain About, Connor's Conundrums, Jeff Describes People -- even an Evernote update (Dan abandoned Evernote temporarily for some reason) and the riffed My Favorite Cereals.

Blindness + flight is a dealbreaker. I'd want to fly almost exclusively to see stuff. I'd pick blindness over deafness, though, because I couldn't do without music and the human voice in general. There's still the internet ... I'd have to give up gifs, though. I'd prefer losing my hearing over being born deaf because I could at least recall my favorite music and have an easier time speaking.

Siike returns! The procedure he's talking about is apparently called endovascular coiling, and the procedure is pretty fascinating. I'm kind of reminded of some patients in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, such as the titular man who couldn't identify everyday objects or people by sight. Great guest segment, of course.

I love Jeff's invocation of a centurion as a Hollywood archetype. It just puts the perfect picture in your head.

The metagaming discussion is taken up once more -- this time in gory detail. Their confusion is kind of amusing ... it's not the most difficult concept, especially for people who either are or work with actors.

u/theinternetftw · 6 pointsr/gaming


And thank you for reminding me that I have the Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat tucked away in my room somewhere from when I entered Borders Books and Music™ at a weak moment and left with too many books to start at once. The Sacks book is now next in line, followed by Bowling Alone and Grand Theft Childhood.

u/CLoisX · 6 pointsr/opiates

Hey man I had the same question and I think I found it.
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

u/BedsideRounds · 6 pointsr/medicine

If you haven't read it, The Ghost Map is an excellent book about the investigation into the Broad Street Well.

u/Pizza_bagel · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

I first read about it in The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, where he goes in depth and interviews some of the participants and administrators.

u/MrInternetDetective · 6 pointsr/The_Donald


u/Cant_Tell_Me_Nothin · 6 pointsr/TheRedPill

The best advice I can give you about not knowing what to do with your life is changing the way you look at your future, at least for now.

In his book:

Scott talks about how he found success, not by being a goal-oriented person, but by being a systems oriented person. Even though having goal is a good thing, setting up specific goals for yourself can be very limiting. If you live your life by using systems, you give yourself more avenues and opportunities to become more successful.

A great example of this is instead of setting a goal for yourself to "lose x amount of pounds in x amount of time" you instead focus on setting up a system of continuous exercise, good diet, and good lifestyle habits. Eventually success will come to you because you instead focused on the system, not the goal. Good coaches don't focus on winning the title at the end of the season. Good coaches focus on winning each game at a time.

Focus on good mental and physical habits. Form good habits with your money. At your age it is hard trying to figure out exactly where you want to be in 10 years. It is much easier to figure out how to be the best you can be at this moment in time. Eventually you will have built up yourself to a point where you will be prepared for the opportunities that might come your way in the future. Focus on the process not the outcome.

u/Judson_Scott · 6 pointsr/fatlogic

The Millionaire Next Door is outdated when it comes to specifics, but conceptually is an excellent road map for getting and maintaining wealth.

The gist is exactly what you describe: Live below your means.

u/tRacer4201 · 6 pointsr/SeattleWA

You're making claims and then confidently stating the burden of proof to prove otherwise is on people who disagree.

That's not how this works...

That's not how any of this works...

In general, responsible people with high net worth don't drive expensive, imported cars. People who tend to dive luxury automobiles are the folks who might have low or high income but basically little net worth, living paycheck to paycheck or not even that but surviving off welfare provided by wealthy parents or other relatives

Source: The Millionaire Next Door

u/InternetCaesar · 6 pointsr/personalfinance

Live radically below your income level no matter what it is and invest as high a percentage as possible.

Change every habit in your life to save and invest, and not spend.

Change every habit in your life to recognize 99% of what you do is based on habit and consumption, that people have existed for 10's of thousands of years and lived on very little. Water, a bit of food and shelter. Reduce your existence to that and invest the rest.

Read "Millionaire Next Door".

Read "Habit"

It will cost you about $20. Follow them like the bible, like your compass. And in 30 days when you haven't done any of this, re-read this answer.

That's all there is to it. Follow that and you will become wealthy. There is nothing more to this, 99.9999% of humans cannot do it. And the wealthy benefit from that every day.

You're welcome.

u/guldilox · 6 pointsr/personalfinance

These two books I recently read were on-topic and very good.

Green With Envy

Millionaire Next Door

u/hexydes · 6 pointsr/technology

> Imagine SpaceX having 100 times larger budget... We probably would have already built a few bases on the Moon and flights to Mars every few months...

We tried that. It's called NASA and their machine of contractors. As it turns out, having 100 times larger budget just means you become a large political target, you get 10x increases in layers of bureaucracy, and your goals are written, changed, thrown away, and written over again every 4-8 years. In other words, if SpaceX had 100 times larger budget, it'd probably come from sources they don't control, and they'd end up getting controlled in the process.

There's a reason why Musk won't take SpaceX public, even though they'd probably receive a massive cash injection. He has a vision for SpaceX, and wants to control that vision with an iron fist. If you read the Ashlee Vance biography about Elon Musk, you'll know that he is regretful of having to take Tesla public, and the last year shows exactly why. When you're trying to change the future, you don't want to spend time, energy, and focus answering to shareholders wondering how you're going to get them a dividend in the next quarter.

u/KickAClay · 6 pointsr/elonmusk

As of this post, Hardcover $10.00 $29.99

u/craighamnett · 6 pointsr/teslamotors

That's great! What were your main points or most fascinating things about him that came up in your research? I've just finished the Ashlee Vance biography on Musk and it was a very intriguing read.

u/Connguy · 6 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Don't try to read any fundamental physics/engineering textbooks, they'll just bore you and you won't learn anything without also doing stuff like you would in a lab or for homework.

Instead read some books that inspire or entertain you. You won't have time or energy to read what you want once school starts. Here's some options:

u/ZBogga · 6 pointsr/math
u/yogibella · 6 pointsr/LadiesofScience

I've always enjoyed Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, and I think it's great for non-scientists. It's essentially a collection of short stories, which could be nice for quick reads or just before bed.

u/jpkutner · 6 pointsr/science
u/the_infidel · 6 pointsr/skeptic

The section on magnets starts at 3:55, but there's a great explanation of the difficulty of "why" questions at the beginning.

P.S. I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, if anyone hasn't read it yet. There's also a larger hardcover compilation containing that work and a few others called Classic Feynman (this is the edition I have). He was an amazing person, and there are all sorts of spectacular stories about his time on the Manhattan Project, about investigating the Challenger disaster, and about selecting textbooks out for the California school curriculum (this section may make you rage).

u/Tiver · 6 pointsr/skeptic

I can't remember if these were both in his book, but you should absolutely read: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

u/trocky9 · 6 pointsr/investing

Judging from the broadness of your question, I'd suggest buying (or checking out from the library) a couple of books about investing. Start with the basics like: Charles Schwab, Peter Lynch, and Burton G. Malkiel. Right now, education is probably the best investment you can make (besides enjoying your life).

Ninja edit: It's good to be thinking and asking about investing, but, if you are serious about investing a serious chunk of money, learn the basics for yourself. You'll be better prepared to make the best decision for your money and your lifestyle.

u/redjamjar · 6 pointsr/math
  1. The man who loved only numbers (just generally a good read):

  2. Four colors suffice (really good if you like graph theory):

u/rabuf · 6 pointsr/news

The DOE did not write Common Core. Common Core is one standard, among a few others, that was in the works when Obama (early in his administration) set out some requirements to make some funding available. The requirement was, essentially, that the states that wanted the funding had to adopt some standard that met certain requirements, Common Core was one such standard that was in development. Many states chose to use Common Core, some developed their own (specifically Texas and Virginia).

It has pros and cons. Pros: Gets some things right about integrating cross-subject learning into the curricula. What does this mean? Students should exercise their reading, writing and math schools in a variety of areas to both reinforce the knowledge and skill set, and to demonstrate its utility beyond just passing English and math classes. How's this supposed to be done? Well, history gets reading and writing for free. Integrating math may be more difficult (IMO, if it's not an intuitive segue, it should be skipped). Sciences demonstrate math by default, so they're encouraged to add more reading/writing (writing is easy, have the students write up experiment reports, science fair projects, etc; reading - make it topical, in middle/high school give them books like Longitude to read or something).

Cons: No science standard. Standard may be overly ambitious for some grade levels. Standard was hastily constructed with little feedback. Rolled out to all grade levels rather than introduced over a period of time (most sensible approach, K-3 jumps in, expand it each year for 9 years until all of K-12 is under the selected standard). Testing requirements each year, which really ties back to things like No Child Left Behind, that affects school funding and the employment of educators and administrators (a huge pressure using dubious metrics).

u/bbsittrr · 6 pointsr/HomeNetworking

The Cuckoo's Egg, by Cliff Stoll: the hackers in that book used this day in and day out.

u/Philosopher_King · 6 pointsr/worldnews
u/BinLeenk · 6 pointsr/Documentaries

read up on all of central and south the middle east, southeast asia, AFRICA...Oh! The list goes on and on!

Read John Perkins book Confessions of an Economic Hitman to get a good understanding of how things work.

Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine is a good supplement.

u/redditluv · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm a self made millionaire but from all the hostility and drama I see here I would NEVER do an AMA.

I've quickly learned that most people don't have the resolve to live by basic principals that have gotten me to where I am now. So in a very general nutshell here it is from me for the umpteenth time...and for the few who say these are obvious, then I counter, why the fuck aren't you guys REALLY doing this...

  1. Learn to live FAR below your means and DELAY gratification. I basically gave up most of my 20's working my ass of to raise the principal required for investing. And I REALLY MEAN WORKED MY ASS OFF.

  2. SAVE at least 40% of your take home pay

  3. LEARN to do the math and homework of investing and I mean DO IT yourself, no stock "tips" (which are 99.9999% bullshit). Don't know how? Educate yourself. A decent start is Phil Town's Rule #1 Investing and Peter Lynch's One up on Wall Street. Again, not the end all be all, but it's a start. Also, it's fucking amazon, be smart and buy those books USED. Sites like the Motley Fool can be helpful but I suggest read the articles and DON'T buy their products...lots of good stuff for FREE there. LEARN what an exchange trade fund and dividend reinvestment plans are.

  4. DON'T choose to live like the Jones'...they are fucking broke.

  5. ABSOLUTELY budget for adequate health insurance as one single catastrophic event could wipe out years of earnings quickly.

  6. Learn to be on the POSITIVE side of compound interest. If you can't afford to pay for something outright in cash, then don't fucking buy it. Credit cards are for SUCKERS.

  7. DO THE MATH if you want to buy a home. Honestly, sometimes renting is the better choice.

    I STILL to this day buy groceries with coupons, wear the SAME Timex watch I did when I was in high school, drive a car from the 1960s, and RENT a small but nice house with an incredible view, most of my close friends have no idea how much I'm worth and many complain about how "cheap" I am.

    I don't give a rats ass if you decide to believe me or not. The sun will rise tomorrow and I'll still never have to call anyone boss or punch another fucking clock in my life EVER. You follow the basic advice, you might stop living paycheck to paycheck.

    Don't be a dick. I just gave you free legit advice. Now you're on your own. I'm not your mommy.

    /retired in my 30's with liquid assets in 8 figures.
u/GreyFox422 · 5 pointsr/Watches

[About Time](About Time: Celebrating Men's Watches is a great coffee table book and a great read.

[Longitude](Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time is about John Harrison and the invention of modern time keeping. This should be on everyone's list.

u/JesterBarelyKnowHer · 5 pointsr/Showerthoughts

No, this one is a real-life account of how a large (German?) hacker group got caught due to a $.13 (or something like that) account difference in the 80's.

It's probably been 10 years since I read it, so I'm a little rough on the particulars, but it really was a fascinating book, and still ends up being surprisingly relevant to computer security these days.

Edit: was a $.75 error.

u/AintMilkBrilliant · 5 pointsr/videos

I think he's making reference to the fact that in Walter Isaacsons autobiography "Steve Jobs", when Jobs first got the news of the Cancer, instead of recieving medical treatment Jobs went down the root of extreme dieting in hope to cure his problem.

u/MyFartAir · 5 pointsr/conspiracy
u/HerbertMcSherbert · 5 pointsr/books

I bought this book when I was a development worker in the third world. Had great expectations, and was already living amidst the legacy of colonialisation and exploitation.

I have to be honest, I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in a book. So much of it seemed to devolve into self-indulgent diatribe, it was incredibly light on specifics, and he seemed to have the kind of romantic anti-Western "Oh my god, this culture is so much better" we Westerners are so good at exhibiting for the first few months living in exotic cultures.

I wanted some depth. I wanted specifics. The basic premise is pretty well-known, but the depth behind it unfortunately wasn't particularly present in this book.

From checking out some of the less positive reviews on Amazon I see I'm not the only one who got the same impression from this book.

u/watermooses · 5 pointsr/pcgaming
u/Vusmeree · 5 pointsr/finance

If you haven’t already, you should read The Millionaire Next Door! It’s an older book but the ideas are spot on!

Here is an Amazon link of you are interested:

u/BoogieWhistle · 5 pointsr/INTP

You sound like me around 10 years ago. The only difference between misery and happiness is what we choose to focus on.

Take a walk! Meditate! Life is so precious. Every moment of your life is a spectacular phenomenon that should be enjoyed and appreciated. If you don't feel that way, I'd recommend some light reading -

u/indirect76 · 5 pointsr/worldnews

Read Confessions of an Economic Hitman for details

u/MAG7C · 5 pointsr/worldnews

This one, mentioned by LSDMDMA above...

u/ADMINlSTRAT0R · 5 pointsr/history

That video is just some excerpt of John Perkins' book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman.
I have read the book some long time ago, and whether you believe it or not, the techniques are plausible and the facts check out.

For instance, Indonesia is reeling from a dictatorship (1965-2008) installed by the CIA for fear that the former President was leaning towards Moscow, and thus communism. As part of that deal, Freeport-McMoran mining company of Texas got to exploit a huge swath of Eastern Indonesia for gold and nickel, for decades, with single-digit percentage for the Indonesian people.

The projected value of the mine Is MULTIPLE times the parent company net worth.

u/rayfosse · 5 pointsr/conspiracy

In every single protest instigated by the CIA and American NGO's, they say the same things. "The people are rising up against tyranny. They want freedom and economic opportunity. The government is inept."

There's always some truth to the poor economic issues, because of course part of the CIA playbook is to impose economic hardship on countries whose government they want to overturn. There are many ways they do this, but I would recommend you read this book if you're skeptical that this is a thing:

u/shiny_debris · 5 pointsr/EndlessWar

US economic warfare is well-documented. In another comment, I brought up the recent (1990s) US economic warfare on Iraq. Those brutal sanctions cost the lives of 1/2 million Iraqi children, with the US gov't diabolically saying that this was acceptable. And the entire basis for the sanctions were based on deliberate lies of the US gov't.

The article briefly mentions the US attack on Chile; that is surprisingly well documented now -- many books have been written on the topic.

As with many instances of US economic warfare and behind-the-scenes skulduggery, the facts do not come out until a couple of decades after the events.

But if you're wise, when you see these actions in country after country, decade after decade, any sane person is going to have a knee-jerk suspicion.

FWIW, on the general theme of US economic warfare and geo-political skulduggery, int'l banker and former NSA man John Perkins' famous book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" is essential reading. (There are also copies of that book on audio and via BitTorrents.)

u/brijjen · 5 pointsr/books

Books like The Brain that Changes Itself, Phantoms in the Brain and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat are all really great reads. They're different cases and accounts of patients treated by the authors who are, I believe, neuroscientists and psychologists. I learned a LOT about how the brain works and relates to the body - but I'll warn you, when you see how flawed our perceptions of the world can be (how easily damaged, fooled or changed), you may have a slight existential crisis. I did. :)

u/apostrotastrophe · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

If you're a Nick Hornby fan, here's what you should do - he's got three books that are little collections of the column he writes for The Believer called "Stuff I've Been Reading". They're hilarious, and each one gives you 5 or 6 great suggestions from a guy whose taste is pretty solid.

Start with The Polysyllabic Spree and then go to Housekeeping vs. the Dirt and Shakespeare Wrote for Money.

He's always saying his favourite author is Anne Tyler - I can corroborate, she's pretty good.

This isn't really "literature" but you also might like Mil Millington. He's funny in the same way and even though as I'm reading I'm like "huh.. this isn't that great" his novels are the ones that I end up reading in one 8 hour sitting.

You might like David Sedaris - I'd start with Me Talk Pretty One Day

And someone else said John Irving - he's my very favourite.

A good psychology book (and I'm a major layperson, so it's definitely accessible) is The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks and Mad in America by Robert Whitaker.

u/twocats · 5 pointsr/Romania

Si eu am kindle si vad ca primele 30 carti din el sunt numai de design si ceva self-help (Confessions of an introvert is quite good), plus ebook-urile /r/nosleep.

Citesc mai mult nonfictiune, beletristica rar, si mi-au placut teribil Fast Food Nation, Zero: The biography of a dangerous idea si The man who mistook his wife for a hat.

Si va urasc cu profilele si recomandarile voastre ca am ales deja 6 carti de la voi pe care vreau sa le citesc si n-am timp.

u/whostherat · 5 pointsr/neuroscience

I am super interested with no background too! I read Neuroscience For Dummies on my kindle. The format was a little wonky, so I recommend getting the paperback. It was interesting and a semi-easy read. I went to Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and the topic was The Science of the Mind. It was great! I chatted with Cara Santa Maria and asked about her recommendations for interesting neuroscience books. She said I'd love The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. I've been meaning to read it! Also, checkout Amazon's best sellers in Neuroscience. Read reviews and see if they fit your interest. Let me know if you find anything interesting.

u/Minted_ · 5 pointsr/Marijuana

You said it yourself man, cannabis elevates mood. Which is how it's used to treat PTSD, it stabilizes your mood and makes you happier and more compassionate.

I think plant medicines as a whole can be used interchangeably in some cases, which is a great benefit compared to specific and targeted pharmaceuticals you're probably used to that only treat one thing and one thing only. Not everyone wants to go through an intense psilocybin experience, some people might not be mentally ready, or they may have tried it and might be in the small population of people that psilocybin doesn't work for. Cannabis isn't just a one trick pony, and neither are many other plant medicines & drugs that are soon to be legalized. MDMA has also shown great promise I believe. MAPS is actually about to go through a 3rd wave of trials soon for psilocybin and if it performs well, it will then go straight to the FDA and probably be legalized. MDMA is expected to be legal sooner than that for treatments. Michael Pollan talks about this on a recent podcast with Joe Rogan which is here, as well as in his recently released book that can be found here, also check out his Twitter as he Tweets out research and news on drug studies often. Trump could also soon be signing a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to try cannabis, LSD, MDMA, or psilocybin to alleviate their symptoms, article here. Interesting things on the horizon for sure.

u/Khif · 5 pointsr/Music

But is there someone who said that? If you prefer a logic guy, the one you're defending, like you, misread "probably" as "always" to make his case.

This book, though, would tell you that there are more psychopaths working as CEOs than in any other profession, another placing an estimate of psychopathy in CEOs at four times the average (at 4%). Here's a study I haven't actually read echoing those findings.

While neither are exactly terms happily used by medical psychology, let's put down a bit of vague bullshit and say psychopaths are rarer, overclocked versions of a sociopaths. Logic would then dictate that in professions you'll find psychopaths involved in, you'll find even more sociopaths. By a reasonable, subjective definition of the unreasonable, totally subjective word, say, 20% prevalence of sociopathic behavior in business CEOs would sound like a very low estimate. With big companies in particular, I'd guess we're dealing with much higher numbers, which would lead to a logical formula of either highly successful CEO-ship implying sociopathic behavior, or vice versa.

The very concept of a working-as-intended corporation is often likened to psychopathy, one of the primary cases made by a documentary called The Corporation.

u/thedancingj · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson is an awesome non-fiction book about psychopathy and the "madness industry." I also second The Devil in the White City!

u/keithmac20 · 5 pointsr/worldnews

Somewhat related, I highly recommend The Psychopath Test; there is a portion of the book that considers the idea that CEO's and people in high positions of power have many of the personality traits that define psychopaths. In general it's a great read.

u/ancepsinfans · 5 pointsr/storyandstyle

While I like the care you give to the subject, I would just like to fill in some cracks with a few resources. I have a background in AbPsych and one of my mentors did a lot of interesting work with real life psychopaths.

The baseline for psychopathy was first and best (so far) laid out by Robert Hare. This site has a nice explanation.

Two great books on the subject (non-fiction) are: The Anatomy of Evil and The Science of Evil. Something more in the popsci vein would also be Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, though I have some personal qualms with Ronson’s view.

For fiction, there’s of course any of the works mentioned in the original post, as well as American Psycho and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

u/billyjohn · 5 pointsr/science
u/mathent · 5 pointsr/politics

Thanks for the book, I'm going to add it to my list. Have you read The Psychopath Test as well?

u/Failflyer · 5 pointsr/starcitizen

I had to read this book for a management class and I actually included a mention of CR in my essay. The complaints, the complements, the strategies, and more of the two gave me deja vu. Musk actually began selling the Roadster during its development, similar to pledging in SC. He even made all the "backers" pony up an extra $17 grand for the car because he miscalculated the cost of production.

It makes you think about what Musk would have made if he stayed in game design, or what CR could have made if he chose a different path.

u/bwsullivan · 5 pointsr/math

I have not read many books explicitly devoted to the history of mathematics, such as those recommended in this math.stackechange post #31058, so I will refrain from recommending any of them. Instead, I'd like to mention a few books that do well discussing aspects of mathematical history, although this is not their main focus.

  • Journey Through Genius, by William Dunham. This is a survey of some of math's creative "landmarks" throughout history, as well as the contexts in which they were achieved and the people who worked on them. (Ok, now that I write it out, this is clearly a "history of math" book. The others in this list, not as much...)

  • Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved, by Robin Wilson. Clear and (relatively) brief description of the development of the proof of the 4 color theorem, from the birth of graph theory to the computer-assisted proof and the discussions that has inspired. The newest edition is now in color, not black & white, and that may not sound like much, but the figures are genuinely awesome and make the concepts so much more understandable. Highly recommended.

  • In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation, by William J. Cook. I lectured about the TSP briefly in a course I taught this past semester. I read this book in preparation and enjoyed it so thoroughly that I found myself quoting long passages from it in class and sharing many of its examples and figures.

  • How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff (illustrations by Irving Geis). I recommend this because it's a modern classic. Written in 1954, the ideas are still relevant today. I believe this book should be a requirement in the high school curriculum. (Plus, available as free pdf.)

  • The Emergence of Probability: A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference, by Ian Hacking. "A philosophical study of the early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference, covering the period 1650-1705." Ok, this one is really specific and I often found myself rereading sentences 5 times to make sure I understood them which was frustrating. But, its specificity is what makes it so interesting. Worth checking out if it sounds cool, but not for everyone. (FWIW I found a copy at my public library.)

  • Understanding Analysis, by Stephen Abbott. You mentioned you're learning real analysis. I taught a real analysis course this past semester using this book, and it's the one from which I learned the subject myself in college. Abbott writes amazingly well and makes the subject matter clear, inviting, and significant.

  • I also recommend flipping through the volumes in the series The Best Writing on Mathematics. They have been published yearly since 2010. There are bound to be at least a few articles in each volume that will appeal to you. Moreover, they contain extensive lists of references and other recommended readings. I own a copy of each one and am nowhere near completion reading any of them because they always lead me elsewhere!

    Hope this is helpful!
u/schm00 · 5 pointsr/math

If you want to teach probability or statistics, take a look at Gelman's Teaching Statistics: A Bag Of Tricks. I've used material from there to good effect.

Edit: Maybe also take a look at better explained.

Edit2: Also Dunham's Journey Through Genius. Very inspiring and fun.

u/alexs001 · 5 pointsr/childfree
u/Yes-my-Padawan · 5 pointsr/books

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Autobiography of esteemed physicist Richard Feynman. Though obviously his specialty is in physics, these recollections of his life touch upon pretty much all scientific disciplines- mathematics, biology, computer science, etc- but it has more to do with how to think about things scientifically rather than cold hard science. A must read for anyone, scientist or non-scientist.

u/nupogodi · 5 pointsr/offbeat

I read about these in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Neat little book.

u/The_Wisenheimer · 5 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

It really does a good job of explaining why science and critical thinking are important to society and why it is dangerous to reject them or to be ignorant of them.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman.

It is a very witty and entertaining collection of Dr. Feynman's personal anecdotes and reminds us that scientists are people just like everyone else.

u/landonwright123 · 5 pointsr/engineering

I think that you should look into Richard Feynman. This man was a truly influential member of the scientific community. There are several books about his life and findings. I think that all engineers should envy his lust for balance.

I think that the most interesting thing about him is his passion for his children. They were truly the center of what he focused on and that intellectual curiosity is reflected in his offspring.

I don't know what else I need to write to convince you to read books about his life; however, I will claim that learning about this man has made me into a better engineer, son, and SO. Just thinking about this book gives me goosebumps because I appreciated it so much.

u/zaatar · 5 pointsr/
u/pdaddyo · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

May I recommend you read "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!", a fantastic book.

u/Captain_Hampockets · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/Windoge98 · 4 pointsr/space

Absolutely astounding read. So much in there I didn't know about Musk and his companies. If you haven't read it yet, do it yesterday. If you're not already convinced he's the DaVinci of our time, this book will do it.

u/IKnowPiToTwoDigits · 4 pointsr/matheducation

One of the best books I've read that places mathematical discoveries in their historical contexts: Journey Through Genius. Dunham tells the story of math through different great theorems - why they were historically important, why they are important today - and then walks you through the proof. My copy is at school, so I can't say anything more tonight, but give it a shot.

Good luck!

u/kirsion · 4 pointsr/math

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics is also good too, with many historical mathematicians and their contributions. The author William Dunham, actually gave a lecture on Newton and Euler at my university a few weeks ago too.

u/kokooo · 4 pointsr/math

I am currently reading a fantastic book which might be interesting for you. It is called Journey through Genius. The book starts from the beginning of math and presents hand picked theorems in a very engaging way. Background information on the great mathematicians and what drove them to come up with these proofs in the first place makes the information stick long after reading. I also second PuTongHua who recommended Better Explained.

u/Smilin-_-Joe · 4 pointsr/nursing

If you like reading in your downtime you should check out Emergency! by Mark Brown M.D. Hands down the most popular book I've ever bought, loaned out and never gotten back 3 times. Next time I'm at a book store, will buy again, but this time, I keep it!

u/SSChicken · 4 pointsr/videos

If you like feynman, there's endless amounts of material you can watch / read with or on him.

Project Tuva

Surely you're joking mr. Feynman is my personal favorite Feynman book. It's not technical, but tremendously fascinating.

and the Feynman Lecture of Physics. Can't find an amazon link to that one for the actual audio, but it's direct recordings of some of his lectures. They have probably about 10 CDs at my local library that I've listened to. It's just fascinating to hear this man talk.

u/kommando208 · 4 pointsr/trees
u/IRLeif · 4 pointsr/INTP

Reading your post immediately reminded me of the chapter "Los Alamos from Below" from Richard Feynman's book, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", where he describes the situation when his wife got sick with tuberculosis and died, while he was working on the atomic bombs at Los Alamos. A few relevant excerpts:

> Arlene died a few hours after I got there. A nurse came in to fill out the death certificate, and went out again. I spent a little more time with my wife. […]

> I went for a walk outside. Maybe I was fooling myself, but I was surprised how I didn’t feel what I thought people would expect to feel under the circumstances. I wasn’t delighted, but I didn’t feel terribly upset, perhaps because I had known for seven years that something like this was going to happen.

> I didn’t know how I was going to face all my friends up at Los Alamos. I didn’t want people with long faces talking to me about it. When I got back (yet another tire went flat on the way), they asked me what happened. "She’s dead. And how’s the program going?"

> I had obviously done something to myself psychologically: Reality was so important—I had to understand what really happened to Arlene, physiologically—that I didn’t cry until a number of months later, when I was in Oak Ridge. I was walking past a department store with dresses in the window, and I thought Arlene would like one of them. That was too much for me.

What's interesting is that, Feynman mentions his wife's illness and death in passing throughout several of his books, yet he barely touches upon the emotions. This is the only chapter, in any of his books, where I can recall reading anything about his feelings in this situation. This is probably my favourite chapter from all his books.

This is a superb book by the way, one of my own personal favourites.

u/talos707 · 4 pointsr/Destiny

To be fair he's quoting feynman, aka our guy. The man was a rationalist and wasn't necessarily born a genius, just very curious and was stellar at using simple examples to convey complex ideas. There's a fun, not so serious book about him with a bunch of quotes like this, it's a good read

u/nitrogen76 · 4 pointsr/howtonotgiveafuck

Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman! (Link goes to US store)

Great autobiography about an amazing physicist.

u/InfanticideAquifer · 4 pointsr/math

This biography of Paul Dirac is excellent.

This autobiography (in the form of a sequence of anecdotes) of Richard Feynman is a classic.

This biography of Robert Oppenheimer is extremely good as well.

This book contains short biographies all the most significant figures involved with every Hilbert Problem.

This is a work of science fiction where the main character belongs to a monastic order devoted to mathematics and theoretical science. It's among my favorite books.

edit: Who downvotes this? Really? Even if you think you've got better options... just leave a comment with them for OP.

u/TASagent · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

And if you like stories about Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" has this story and many more. Him talking about his time at Los Alamos was particularly entertaining.

u/MetalMagnum · 4 pointsr/AskPhysics

Hiya! I'm a recent physics/computer science graduate and although I can't think of any super cool handmade options off the top of my head, there are some physics books that I find interesting that your boyfriend may enjoy. One solid idea would be just about anything written by Richard Feynman. Reading through the Feynman Lectures is pretty standard for all physicists, though there are free versions online as well. There are a few others, such as The Pleasure of Finding things Out and Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. There's also a cool graphic novel that recounts the events of his life called Feynman by Ottaviani. If you're not familiar with who this guy is, he is a colorful and concise orator who won a nobel prize in physics. His biggest contributions were in nuclear physics and quantum computation, and his quirks make his explanations of these topics very interesting. The Feynman Lectures are more formal, while his personal books are a mixture of personal experience and explanation.

Something else that I typically gift all of my friends who are problem solvers interested in physics is the book Thinking Physics. This book is great for developing some high level intuition in every field of physics (mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, etc.). This book is great because it's broken into small digestible sections that build your knowledge as you solve more of the questions (solutions are given).

Good luck!

u/RollX · 4 pointsr/worldnews

The good old IMF. Anyone interested in more info about the IMF and World Bank should check out:

u/Bernard_Woolley · 4 pointsr/india

I strongly recommend reading John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. It details the basic modus operandi of these chaps – convince/bribe third world nations to build expensive infrastructure that they really can't afford. Finance such projects with loans from the IMF, World Bank, etc. Give fat contracts to Western (mostly American) companies to design and execute these projects. When the projects fail to generate the projected RoI and the countries can't pay back the debt, step in and dictate policy terms to their governments. That includes rights for resource exploitation, security and military agreements, etc. Fun stuff.

Of course, it is one man's perspective, and you get the feeling that he's exaggerating at times, but it does have an element of truth in it.

u/tremblethedevil2011 · 4 pointsr/IAmA

Nope, I imagine if there is any it's pretty well buried. Just about everything I read in Confessions of an Economic Hitman was news to me.

If that kind of thing does exist, it likely doesn't exist in any formal record and was probably hatched behind closed doors - more as a concept for policy than any concrete written policy itself.

u/dutchguilder2 · 4 pointsr/videos

Here's a book written by a guy on the inside.
He has many video interviews (1 2 3) on youtube.

u/ccc45p · 4 pointsr/geopolitics

Do you have an opinion on how China's actions compare to the actions described in the book

u/DisplayPigeon · 4 pointsr/CapitalismVSocialism

Yeah Wikipedia doesn't seem like the worst place. It really depends on what you enjoy! You can find a lot of free stuff on Youtube, just be really careful with what you watch.

The part of politics that interest me the most is Propaganda. If I can give you a little bit of caution before you dive to deep, I feel like I need to warn you: there are very powerful people that are trying to convince you to join their side. I've been studying how money comes into play with political ideologies...and it scares the shit out of me. Always keep in mind who is talking to you when you are learning. I, for instance, am somewhat of a Socialist-Libertarian. Keep that in mind as I recommend you resources. I learned so much about my own political beliefs by reading and watching stuff I disagreed with. For instance, I watch a ton of super hardcore alt right stuff because propaganda interests me. But even someone as far left as myself began to see my views of the world slowly change, and not in an intellectual way. The racism started to seep into me without me noticing. Some stuff out there downright is made to brainwash you (this sub is a good example). I am being 100% serious.

If you are interested in learning about who shapes political ideology, here are some recommendations.

Here's a short documentary about how the Koch brothers use their money to change ideology (By Aljazeera, a highly respected international news outlet). It's inspired by an amazing book named Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. There is also a documentary about it on Amazon Prime if you have it.

Another extremely interesting book is by John Perkins, named, Confessions of an Economic Hitman. The book is about a man who traveled the world for a company named MAIN, and made up bullshit statistics to convince developing nations to take out huge loans to hire US companies for infrastructure. The plan was to get these nations loaded with debt, making them beholden for the U.S.. If Perkin's failed, the CIA sent people into to organize a coup d'etat. Here's him explaining it in an interview

Another good book is called indivisible hands: businessmen's crusade against the new deal goes over how business interests got together and literally shaped modern political discourse around their own interests.

Noam Chomsky (perhaps the world's most respected living intelectual) goes over what he calls "The propaganda model, which I'll let him explain in an interview interview. If you like the interview, follow the rabbit hole down and see what else he has to say. It totally blew my mind some of the shit he talks about. He also has an excellent film named Requiem for the American Dream that will break down what he thinks the power structures are. Chomsky is an Anarchist BTW.

Another good resource is a website named History Commons. The website puts together newspaper articles and books in timelines that are easy to follow. Just be careful, it is amazing that they put together so much data, but some of it is kinda sloppy. Make sure you follow the links to make sure that they can back their claims up. That being said, they have timelines on all sorts of things, from terrorism to U.S. energy policy. The website is extremely critical of capitalism and U.S. imperialism BTW.

As you may be able to gather, I'm not a fan of capitalism. But the intellectual that has the best defense of capitalism, in my experience, is Steven Pinker. It's always good to get the other side.

If you want more traditional political readings, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has excellent academic articles on every political ideology you can imagine. It is a excellent way to get a good foundation on the terminology. Also, because it is academic, it will be less tainted by corporate biases.

If you want to learn about ethics, which is the basis of political philosophy, I highly recommend Michael Sandals Theory of Justice. It is full, 19 lecture course on what Justice is, by Harvard. Sandel is also a critic of unfettered capitalism btw.

I think that a mixture of History and Philosophy are the best ways to understand politics. It allows you to get an outside perspective on what is going on. The more directly political media gets, I find that it becomes less academic, and more propagandistic it becomes. If you go on Youtube and watch the first thing that pops up, you are playing Russian Roulette. You may get a good explanation, you may also get media designed to play to your hopes and fear, designed to suck you into an ideology that you never wanted. I purposely dove headfirst into Far Right Wing content on Youtube on purpose, and it made me more racist. This guy describes his indoctrination into far Right Ideology, and it is honestly reminiscent of a cult. It seems like you are more left leaning, but it is a good idea to familiarize yourself how ideology can suck you in. It happens with me and Anarchy: I became too attached to the idea of Anarchy and I stopped being critical with it. Whenever you base your identity on a political ideology, that is a huge red flag.

Good luck! If you want any more recommendations or have any questions I'm happy to help. There is so much more, but I don't want to throw too much at you. I want to teach politics one day so this shit is right up my ally.

u/dirtyfries · 4 pointsr/teslamotors

You should read this book if you get the chance.

It's how we really run things and I often think of it when I look at events like this.

We're more than a military super power, we're also an economic and cultural one.

u/didyouwoof · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks is an interesting collection of case studies of people with unusual neurological conditions. Oliver Sacks is both a brilliant scientist and a great storyteller.

u/pangolin44 · 4 pointsr/investing

Here's the recommended reading list on this subreddit's sidebar.

I personally started off with Peter Lynch's One Up on Wall Street. It's a good book for beginners to help you start thinking about stocks analytically. Regardless of what you start off with though, definitely follow it up with The Intelligent Investor. That is a fundamental book with some big concepts in there such as "Mr. Market" and "Margin of Safety"... but it's not an easy read until you have some foundation first.

u/functionalityman · 4 pointsr/math

I don't have a great book yet, but the book that got me back into mathematics was actually a biography of Erdős.

u/cbg · 4 pointsr/

Interesting story...

The mathematician (number theorist) Paul Erdos was reportedly a daily user of amphetamine (non-perscription). His colleagues and friends tried to get him to end his habit by wagering a sum of cash that Erdos couldn't quit for a month. Erdos did quit, but claimed that he hadn't done much good math in the month of abstinence, and promptly resumed popping pills. He lived to be 83 and is one of the more famous mathematicians. Check out his biography... it's spectacular.

u/Wilawah · 4 pointsr/askscience

Good book on longitude

u/PoorlyShavedApe · 4 pointsr/sysadmin

The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition by Thomas A. Limoncelli is a great place to start for mindset. Guess that counts as a "textbook" to you however.

For non-fiction/memoir grab The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage for a great walk-through of what it is like to find an anomaly and track it back to the source and then figure out what to do about it.

u/ihatewil · 4 pointsr/videos

It was visionary, it changed personal computing, it was not successful.

>This is an undeniable truth.

No its not. You are looking at history through revisionist lenses. Even Jobs states it was a failure in his own autobiography for goodness sake. You are confusing influential with commercially successful.

>How anyone can call a Macintosh a commercial failure is beyond me.

Yeah, how Apple and Steve Jobs can call the original Macintosh a failure is beyond you.

>Also wtf is valuewalk?

How about, the L.A Times then. Heard of them? You know, who the article sourced.

And who is the LA Times sourcing? Jobs biography. Heard of it?

u/GogglesPisano · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

These incidents are mentioned in Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs and also Steve Wozniak's autobiography, iWoz. Both of these books are well worth reading.

u/UserNotFoundError666 · 4 pointsr/fatFIRE

>Maybe it’s networth that makes you feel better and not necessarily the income?

Think of it like this, who is truly wealthier in this scenario the person making $60k\year and saving $15K after taxes or the person making $200k\year and only saving $5k?

I would suggest you read "the millionaire next door" by Thomas Stanley it changed my entire outlook on money.

It seems like you have a lot of expenses right now and at your income level you should be able to easily cut back in certain area's in order to save over a million dollars in a few short years which will probably help to alleviate those feelings of "not feeling rich." If I was at that income level I would be living like I only made $75K\year and saving the rest and within 10 years would probably never have to work again. It seems lifestyle creep is what significantly delays building true wealth and could delay your retirement.

u/charlieplexed · 4 pointsr/personalfinance

OP & his wife should read this book

u/yt1300 · 4 pointsr/personalfinance
  • First of all congratulations. It's terrifying and awesome to become a father.

  • Get 30 year term life insurance today. You are going to sleep better knowing this is taken care of. No "cash value" life insurance. TERM!!

  • Read some books, The Millionare Next Door, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Financial Peace any of the etc. These books will give you some contradictory advice but they'll also give you the information to make your own decisions.
u/predot · 4 pointsr/offmychest

> ...the VERY rich drive old cars, because they don't see any need to get a new one as long as the old one runs fine. They wear scruffy, well-loved clothes. They live in old houses and don't worry about maintenance...

That entire theme is the subject of the book The Millionaire Next Door. The researchers found that is how most of the 'liquid' wealthy live. Never buy a brand new car. Living in a sensible 30 year old single-family home, etc.

u/harrison_wintergreen · 4 pointsr/personalfinance

I think that sort of forgetting about the inheritance is maybe the best thing you could have done.

most inheritance is wasted.

you knew you were over your head, so you did nothing and went about your life as normally as possible. many people wouldn't have the discipline to do what you did. they'd have bought a new BMW, flown to Cabo 8 times, etc. and now they'd have only $15k left and be kicking themselves wondering where it all went.

I think you're trying to honor your grandmother's memory, and don't want to screw it up. is so, that's the right attitude. and I think you have the right foundational skills. you also live frugally, you made wise choices with your education etc.

if you want to visit a financial adviser, I'd recommend a few things.

  • first, shop around. visit multiple people until you find someone who makes you feel comfortable.

  • second, look for someone who is more a teacher and less a salesman. they shouldn't bully you, pressure you, or talk to you like you're inferior. they should use their education and expertise to give you advice and help you decide. don't do something simply because an MBA tells you. do it because you understand it and think it's a good idea.

  • keep it simple. one of professor thomas stanley's findings (see below) was that most wealthy people have investment strategies of almost brutal simplicity. they don't go for the fast buck, get rich quick. they invest slowly, steadily and consistently over a period of decades. they rarely invest in anything other than mutual funds and property.

  • finally, don't mention that you're sitting on half a million during the first consultation or two. you want someone who's gonna give you good advice, respect your time and goals, and take you seriously as a client, whether you've got $4000 or $4million to start investing.

    > She was by no means living a fancy lifestyle

    most millionaires are actually very frugal. you might want to go to the library and see if they have copies of Thomas J Stanley's books. he was a professor who studied finance, specifically high-wealth people. he basically found that you can either be rich (lots of cash or investments) or you can look rich (fancy lifestyle, cars, etc). many who earn high incomes are actually broke, because they're spending all their income on status items, high-end new cars, huge houses in upscale neighborhoods, boats, etc. they're so busy trying to look rich that they don't have cash left over for savings and investing. in contrast, people like your grandmother are truly wealthy specifically because they lived modestly, didn't care about impressing anyone, didn't go to the country club, and made a priority of building wealth.

    his first and maybe best known book was "The Millionaire Next Door." one of his findings was that there were more millionaires in blue collar/middle class areas than in upscale/white collar areas. why? because doctors and lawyers etc are under more pressure to live a fancy lifestyle. nobody expects a farmer or a plumber to drive a BMW and send their kids to private school. so if a farmer and a lawyer both earn good incomes, who's actually more likely to save and invest? That's right: the farmer.

    I also like his book Stop Acting Rich.

    and stanley's website. he died only last year.
u/Dyogenez · 4 pointsr/financialindependence

General Greeting: I'm 34m, engaged, no kids in our plans. Have lived in Orlando for 16 years since college, and have been making websites and working in software engineering since high school. I absolutely love teaching people how to code and lucked into joining Code School (as you would easily discover looking at my post history).

What brought you to /r/fi: After my mom passed away ~11 years ago, I started reading everything I could to understand what to do with the modest inheritance. This led to reading things like The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, The Millionaire Next Door and eventually MMM which helped refine and shape my view of investing, consumerism and the role of money in my life.

Other hobbies/interests:: I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and challenge myself to read/listen more. Recently started a site ( to write about topics different from my day to day -- minimalism, financial independence and mindfulness. It's been fun having another avenue to write about things that are at the top of my mind, and explore something different from programming. Bunch of other common hobbies - CrossFit, board games, cocktails, eating anything and traveling anywhere.

Picture of yourself if you want: Somehow even though I'm crazy open with personal facts, sharing a photo seems quite intimate. I don't think I've done that before on Reddit, but here goes!.

u/SouthFayetteFan · 4 pointsr/churning

Lumpy, you are spot on once again...The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealth...most rich folks spend less than they earn and live simple lives...the banks want the pretenders who think being rich is driving expensive cars and living in expensive homes decked out with expensive stuff...

u/chuckDontSurf · 4 pointsr/
u/SteelSharpensSteel · 4 pointsr/marriedredpill

On What to Read

Here are some suggestions on books and websites:

The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko -

If You Can by William Bernstein -

Free version is here -

The Investor's Manifesto. Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between by William Bernstein -

The Bogleheads Guide to Investing -

The Coffeehouse Investor -

The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning -

The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio by William Bernstein -

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey -

Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson -

Investing for Dummies by Eric Tyson -

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor per red-sfplus’s post (can confirm this is excellent) -

For all the M.Ds on here and HNW individuals, you might want to check out and his blog – found it to be very useful. or your government’s tax page. If you’ve been reading, you know that millionaires know more than your average bear about the tax code.

Personal Finance Flowchart from their wiki -

Additional Lists of Books:

Subreddits - I would highly encourage you to spend a half hour browsing their wiki - and investing advice -

MRP References (original) (year 2)

Final Thoughts

There are already a lot of high net worth individuals on these subs (if you don’t believe me, look at the OYS for the past few months). This should be a review for most folks. The key points stay the same – have a plan, get out of the hole you are in, have a budget, do the right moves for wealth accumulation. Lead your family in your finances. Own it.

What are YOU doing to own your finances? Give some examples below.

u/albaum · 4 pointsr/Nootropics
u/TidalFight65 · 4 pointsr/Maniac

I absolutely found these parallels. If you haven't already I highly suggest reading this . It is super insightful into the healing aspects of psychedelics. Particularly LSD and Psilocybin. I thought this show had a very unique way of bringing these practices to the forefront of the media

u/ihmsam · 4 pointsr/JoeRogan

Michael Pollan, food/nature writer. Author of In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. With his new book, it's an interesting pivot from food to psychedelics, though he considers himself a nature writer. Given his influence on the food system and thought around it, I think/hope his new book will be monumental in changing how we see psychedelics.

u/itty53 · 4 pointsr/Documentaries

There was a study (of a sort) done a few years back that showed the incidence of psychopathy was something like 4x among CEOs than it is in the general populace (4% rather than 1%). I say 'of a sort' because it wasn't really held to stringent standards; it was simply for this guy's book.

And let me stop the train here: I am not saying this as a put-down to corporate environments or executives; I am not against 'big business' or high-paid executives. It's just that a functional sociopath would be an extremely good CEO or other executive position, so it would make sense that these people would 'filter to the top' in a corporate environment.

On that note, and along with the point of applying the "demon" term being unfair, this is a great quote from that article linked:

> I can look at, say, Dominique Strauss Kahn, who, if one assumes that what one is hearing about him is true, certainly he hits a huge amount of items on the checklist — the $30,000 suits, the poor behavioral controls, the impulsivity, the promiscuous sexual behavior. But of course when you say this you’re in terrible danger of being seduced by the checklist, which I really like to add as a caveat. It kind of turns you into a bit of a psychopath yourself in that that you start to shove people into that box. It robs you of empathy and your connection to human beings.

To use a quote from the Amazon page: As the study of psychology evolves, we're going to more and more see that "relatively ordinary people are .. defined by their maddest edges". I'm not entirely sure about how good I feel about that, but I do feel it is getting truer every day.

u/Run_thor_run · 3 pointsr/Sober

Interesting! I picked this up recently on a trip (see what I did there?) based on liking the author’s other books: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Might be worth a read. I’ve noted a fair number of news headlines mentioning psychedelic research since I read the book, but that could just be because I’m aware of the subject now.

u/WeGrowOlder · 3 pointsr/Psychonaut

Also, read the book on how to change your mind with psychedelics. There’s literally a guidebook on how to treat depression with the science thy exists in psychedelic research.

u/wobuxihuanbaichi · 3 pointsr/besoindeparler

Je ne suis qu'un inconnu sur internet, mais quoi que tu décides de faire fais aussi très attention avec les médicaments qu'on pourrait te prescrire. Les antidépresseurs (fluoxétine) et les benzodiazépines (alprazolam) sont des médicaments dont il peut être très difficile de se sevrer. Je te conseille de bien te renseigner sur leur fonctionnement et sur les effets secondaires qu'ils peuvent avoir. Lis les articles Wikipédia sur ces produits. Les benzodiazépines en particulier sont des médicaments hautement addictifs. Si tu peux éviter de toucher à cette classe de médicaments, fais-le. Le risque d'abus est élevé.

Est-ce qu'il existe d'autres types de traitement pharmaceutiques ? Oui, mais certains sont encore à un stade expérimental.

Aux États-Unis la kétamine a récemment été légalisée suite aux résultats positifs dans le traitement contre la dépression. Pour autant que je sache ce traitement n'est malheureusement pas encore disponible en France. La kétamine fonctionne de façon complètement différente des antidépresseurs de la classe des SSRI et agit immédiatement avec des effets positifs à court-terme.

Enfin à un stade moins avancé, il y a les psychédéliques, et en particulier la psilocybine. La psychothérapie assistée par la psilocybine va probablement être une des découvertes les plus importantes dans le traitement de la dépression dans les quelques prochaines années. Malheureusement ces thérapies sont difficiles d'accès, même aux États-Unis. Certains choisissent d'aller voir des thérapeutes "clandestins" qui peuvent réaliser le traitement, mais trouver la bonne personne n'est ni facile ni bon marché. Tu trouveras plus d'informations sur le sujet dans l'excellent livre de Michael Pollan.

u/saitouamaya · 3 pointsr/theknick

You might enjoy Ghost Map. It is about the London cholera epidemic in 1854.

u/twofatfeet · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/randysgoiter · 3 pointsr/JoeRogan

I'm in the middle of Homo Deus currently. Its great so far, Yuval is a great writer and his books are a lot more accessible than traditional history books. I'm sure there are a lot of liberties taken with some of the history but I think Sapiens is a must-read. Homo Deus is more assumption based on current reality but its very interesting so far.

Gulag Archipelago is one I read based on the recommendation of Jordan Peterson. Awesome book if you are into WW1-WW2 era eastern europe. being an eastern european myself, i devour everything related to it so this book tickled my fancy quite a bit. good look into the pitfalls of what peterson warns against.

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning is another history book discussing that time period and how it all transpired and the lesser known reasons why WW2 went down the way it did. some surprising stuff in that book related to hitler modeling europe around how the united states was designed at the time.

apologies for inundating with the same topic for all my books so far but Ordinary Men is an amazing book chronicling the people that carried out most of the killings during WW2 in Poland, Germany and surrounding areas. The crux of the argument which I have read in many other books is that Auschwitz is a neat little box everyone can picture in their head and assign blame to when in reality most people killed during that time were taken to the outskirts of their town and shot in plain sight by fellow townspeople, mostly retired police officers and soldiers no longer able for active duty.

for some lighter reading i really enjoy jon ronson's books and i've read all of them. standouts are So You've Been Publicly Shamed and The Psychopath Test. Highly recommend Them as well which has an early Alex Jones cameo in it.

u/argleblather · 3 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Jon Ronson actually has a very interesting book on this subject, with interviews of mental patients, prisoners, and CEO's, comparing and contrasting the traits that might tick them off as sociopaths. The Psychopath Test.

u/nophantasy · 3 pointsr/Libri

I migliori: Il Maestro e Margherita e The Psychopath Test

u/LittleHelperRobot · 3 pointsr/Documentaries


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u/RichHixson · 3 pointsr/thejinx

I had read Jon Ronson's excellent book "The Psychopath Test" months prior to seeing "The Jinx." Durst would have to score very high on the test.

u/KingBroseph · 3 pointsr/Psychonaut

Psychopaths (sociopath is not used anymore, clinically) seem to show signs that their amygdala (a center of the brain important to emotional response and thus empathy) is damaged, possibly from birth, meaning that no matter what they do they will never care about other people truly as we wish they could.

LSD has been given to psychopaths and murderers since the 70s as part of psychological research and if I remember correctly it didn't work at all.

Source: Recently read The Wisdom of Psychopaths
and The Psychopath Test

EDIT: Also see this from a few weeks ago Sociopath seeking advice to achieve enlightenment.

u/tikael · 3 pointsr/atheism

>For instance, nobody desires to be a true sociopath (ie: physically and chemically cannot feel good or evil), and those who are true sociopaths... well... many do not function well in society. Like it or not, what God defines as good... really is good

That is not a sociopath. Sociopaths lack empathy, but they may be acutely aware of societal norms. Jon Ronson just wrote a book about socio/psychopaths. I would suggest you read up on the Euthyphro dilemma. We can debate all day about the meaning of "good", but the god in the bible is not it. Condoning rape, commanding genocide, condemning though crime, those are the acts of the god of the bible. Those are not in any way good. If you want to know a little more about modern views of morality you should read up on the evolutionary causes of morality. Sam Harris wrote a very good book about it recently

>How much evil should God get rid of divinely?

Well, none of it according to the bible. Isiah 45:6-7 (Young's literal translation but you can look it up in whichever version you like)

>So that they know from the rising of the sun, And from the west, that there is none besides Me, I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Forming light, and preparing darkness, Making peace, and preparing evil, I [am] Jehovah, doing all these things.'

u/eldub · 3 pointsr/business

This is interesting to read in the wake of the release of Jon Ronson's recent book that looks at psychopathic leaders. I think people tend to like having others do their dirty work for them, whether it's their bosses doing high-level dirty work or the cleaners doing low-level dirty work. Rudely aggressive people can be a temptation (not always, of course, but this also seems to fit an intimate relationship stereotype, doesn't it?), as long as you can preserve the hope that they'll point that thing in someone else's direction.

Edit: The reference to cleaners is intended to be in connection with the more literal "dirty work," not rudeness or aggression.

u/BettyMcBitterpants · 3 pointsr/MLPLounge

No, it's not that unusual. But it's not in the average, "HAY GUISE!" category. I do think it is weird, tho--imo, it's more fuck-with-your-mind than just a normal [crazy] dream.

And I don't know what reality-testing you're doing, but it sounds, to me, like you're doing it wrong? I mean, I can't imagine how I would ever be able to materialise a sandwich in front of me in my waking life. Unless you're saying you can't materialise sandwiches in your dreams because of this, I guess--I can see how that would be possible. What about reading written material, then looking away, then re-reading it? Does it stay consistent? That would be highly impressive to the point of nigh-unbelievable [to me personally] if you said you could do that in a dream.

Tbh, if you want to know more about it, you should read some books or even talk to people in /r/LucidDreaming; I'm not an expert. What I can say from my personal observations is that there do seem to be correlations between different personalities and the kinds of dreams people have.

The best example I can come up with off the top of my head that I didn't just make up: Researches have found memory & dreaming are somehow related. I've read it hypothesised that dreaming might be a mechanism which assists in memory storage. Also, psychopaths are known to both have poor memories as well as, for the most part, actually not experience dreams, or have very weak/pale ones. This is highly unusual, as you may already know, since even though many people can't remember their dreams this is not an indication of them not having dreams; everyone dreams, so it is said. However, psychopaths aren't considered to have the most normal personalities, anyway. (Iirc, these tidbits were cherry-picked from The Head Trip & The Psychopath Test.)

So anyway, as a lay person, I make wild personal speculations about how whatever it is that gives rise to personality also gives rise to types of dreams & dream experiences, but it's just for my own amusement & I haven't looked into it deeply enough to make some kind of insightful statement to you about this kind of "uncanny valley of waking consciousness" dream. But I guess usually that kind of thing seems to pop up when one's life is highly routine..? So perhaps trying something new & breaking out of your comfort zone could be in order?

I mean, if you like.

u/acp_rdit · 3 pointsr/asktrp

this is a pretty good book about a guy who started out average in pretty much every way and made it great:

the basic idea is you can never stop grinding, fail fast, fail forward, and eventually something will stick

u/chernann · 3 pointsr/singapore

What is it you want to study at university? I did bio, chem, physics and math and I hated every single subject. They ultimately didn't matter when I went to study law. However, I'm pretty sure I would have hated literature, history and geography too.

My point is, it's two years. If you haven't already decided what you want your career to be, I'd say suck it up and go with the subjects (which are simply a glorified way of filtering academically inclined students) which give you the most options later. Your parents are right in that A level humanities aren't as useful as sciences in terms of options, but it doesn't matter if you already want to do law and are 100% sure you won't change your mind, for example.

That said, I had no idea wtf I wanted to do at that age, so I kept my options open. It's a systems building outlook for success - you make sure you are able to exploit opportunities that come along by acquiring as many skills/options as possible. Scott Adams has written quite a good book about it.

u/___--__-_-__--___ · 3 pointsr/murderhomelesspeople

Get comfortable, I wrote you a book.

tl;dr: You want to make a quick buck and you are letting that desire cloud your thinking. You - and you alone - are responsible for yourself and for the consequences of your decisions. Do whatever you want, but recognize that your decisions now are setting up your future. Your decisions. You came here and posted this question and you got good advice. You can reject it if you want to, but own your choices. No one is impressed by "I wasn't really thinking about it." You are just starting life. Who do you admire? Who don't you want to be like? What do you want in life? How can you maximize your chances of making that happen? What do you have to do? Be sure of yourself. Then do it.


I agree with the majority of what has been written. I also wonder if your mind is made up on this. It shouldn't be, but either way:

You would be doing yourself an incredibly good service by taking your motivation and sense of entrepreneurship and putting it toward something that isn't likely to ruin much of your life while simultaneously closing most of the doors which are currently open to you. (Yes, that means doing something legal. Particularly now.).

From what I'm reading, I suspect that it's important you choose something challenging. Something you think is challenging and which you actively decide to do. Put yourself on the line and work your ass off. Be responsible for your own success and be proud of it. Own your life, because - surprise - you already do. Importantly, put your work in toward something where when you fail you can talk proudly about it with anyone; you can put it on your resume, even use it to show people - yourself - that you are capable. And hell, you might succeed. You will succeed if you learn from your mistakes and keep trying. That's how entrepreneurship works -- through failure. (Reference Scott Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything And Still Win Big. Or here, for free

I'll be straight with you: You seem to have a lot of drive and focus for things that you want to do, but your attitude surrounding that is shit. You also don't seem to have learned from your mistakes. You made some quick money with drugs and you now have none of it. (Also, you're comfortable selling drugs but not comfortable collecting a Government benefit which you would be 100% entitled to? One which probably exists for people in exactly your situation, among others? Accept yourself.)

It seems like you think you know what you want to do so you are seeing everything else as pointing you toward that decision. That's normal. But look at what people wrote here. You may think of yourself as restricted, bound, or labeled because of a charge on your record. A charge from when you were a kid, which is probably going to disappear at some point rather soon. You obviously know that school is important but you are blaming cigarettes for your absences? Dude: You control yourself and you are responsible for yourself. You smoke. There are consequences. They aren't the fault of nicotine. No one but you can change things, and that will never happen through defeatism or shifting responsibility. (I have my own addictions, btw.) I get that you don't like school. Pretty much no one loves it. But have you actually tried? Have you worked hard at something you don't like and done well? When was the last time? Have you even talked to people at your school about what you want and what you dislike? What your challenges are? Do you know what you want?

Figure that shit out, man. It's important. Take responsibility for yourself, because everyone else is going to expect that from you if they don't already. You dictate your future. View that as a huge opportunity rather than something negative and you are on the right track.

It seems like you probably know all these things. You are clearly thinking, which is a good sign and is also more than many other people your age are doing. I suggest bringing people in on your thought processes (beyond Reddit), such as a school guidance counselor or someone who you look up to because of what they have accomplished for themselves. You don't have to listen to what they say.

>I feel like I could do better applying my skills somewhere else - >namely, selling narcotics as well as keeping a job.

"Namely"? Those don't follow. It's also telling that you wrote "selling narcotics" and "keeping a job" as separate things. You are looking to make quick cash. My take - a random person on the Internet who has been successful in business and who also likes drugs (too much): the risks FAR outweigh the rewards. That's why the potential return is higher than the pay for flipping burgers. Not because it's harder, but because you don't go to jail and likely ruin the rest of your life's opportunities for flipping burgers. It's too easy to only see the rewards from where you are standing. Remember how the money you made is poof gone? There are a lot more ways in which that same story is likely to replay itself if you keep following the world it came out of.

You know that growing and selling weed is not your only option. You want to grow things? I bet you could make a solid amount of money growing and selling niche plants. Legal ones. I even know someone who does that, though I'm obviously not saying you should do that specific thing. (And be smart, if you don't know a business don't start it. Plants? Get a job at a plant nursery or something.) I honestly agree with the people who are saying "Get yourself a job." Do that. And take heed to the warnings about girlfriend. I'm sure she's great. Don't think with your dick, and don't get her pregnant any time soon.

There's something else I don't know if you see: There are a lot of ways you can improve your situation in life and improve yourself. Things which you can do to separate yourself from your personal history of rocky family stuff, smoking at a young age, drugs, shaky school, iffy decisions, etc. You can also tie yourself to your personal history - very tightly. That's an ACTIVE CHOICE and it's one you are making pretty much right now. The whole "get a legitimate job and try at life" thing? That is a strong way in which you could show yourself and everyone else that you are capable of running your life. Anything which involves intelligently trying to improve your situation is awesome and people will notice it. Get a job, learn from your mistakes, work hard, be entrepreneurial, be smarter than many people and realize that mental health and fitness is important and deserves serious time and attention, figure out school - whatever that means for you, and don't let yourself be convinced by the thought processes you wrote about here and about which no one else seems to be as convinced as you.

Most of all, accept that you are in control of yourself and your future. Fuck it up because you don't try? That's on you. No one looks down on people who try, though. You came on Reddit and posted this question and you got a lot of good advice. Consider it. Reject it if you want, but if you do that you better do it actively. Own it. Don't pretend this page of solicited advice never existed. Today, tomorrow, always - you are making decisions about yourself, your life, and your future. You are in the driver's seat. What do you value? Who do you want to be? Who don't you value? What kind of person don't you want to be? How do people get where and what you want? How can you maximize your chances of getting there? Talk to people about that and think some more. Reread this if you want to. Go.

(Or don't. Your choice.)

u/cbus20122 · 3 pointsr/investing

If you want to be an active investor in any way...

  • I'm a really big fan ofWarren Buffet's Ground rules. Somewhat biased since it was the first book I read, but it's a great analysis of Buffet's evolution as an investor. Buffet has never written a book himself, but he HAS written a lot of letters through his hedge fund and then later Berkshire Hathaway. This book basically breaks down all of those letters, and provides commentary on his style and how he has invested over the years. IMO, it's a much better read for value investing these days than something like Graham's Security Analysis, and even goes over some items of how value investing has changed, what is different now than back in Graham's days, etc. I do a lot different from this book now, but I think it laid a great foundation for me.
  • I haven't read it myself, but I've heard One Up on Wall St. is a generally good read.

    Beyond these, I would 100% say, get some practice buying stocks / funds. Open a Robinhood account with a very small amount of $. Buy some individual stocks and set rules about when you can or can't sell them. At the end of the sell or hold period, evaluate what went wrong or right. Learn to understand if there was an error in your process / analysis, or if it's just the nature of the market as a whole. These things will never be straightforward, but I know I personally learned a lot when I started as I tended to get caught investing in a lot of value traps. Alternative to Robinhood, you can use Investopedia, although it's probably better to learn when you actually have some skin in the game so you can understand aversion to loss.

    If you don't care to be an active investor...

    Just buy an index fund. You can read stuff like Boglehead's guide to investing, a Random Walk on Wall St, or any other index fund bibles, but the main conclusion to all of these books is that you are going to suck at beating the market, and you should just buy index funds. So if you don't care to try to beat the market, you can just skip most of the reading, find a passive portfolio (3 fund, all-weather, or just buying SPY since you're young) and just build up a base in a passive way and ignore returns until you're over 50 years old.
u/SDSunDiego · 3 pointsr/investing

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits) - Jack Bogle - Vanguard Founder. No gimmicks. Simple, low-cost, and passive indexing for buy and hold investors.

One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market Peter Lynch was a fund manager of one of the most successful actively managed funds. Active investing. Buy companies that are really successful at getting you to buy their product. Observe the world around you type of investing.

u/KirbysaBAMF · 3 pointsr/investing

I would recommend "One up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch. It does have some formulas but it is otherwise a pretty easy ready and shows you how to value companies. Hope this helps!

u/choctawkevin · 3 pointsr/Economics

Securities Analysis by Graham is good too, also One up on Wall street by Lynch is another great one for investors.

u/youngtalbo · 3 pointsr/investing

"One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch was a good read and pretty informative about the basics of reading financials and where to find companies to invest in.

u/Rootlx · 3 pointsr/portugal

Não tens de agradecer, my pleasure. Assim de repente, alguns clássicos e outros livros que possam ser úteis:

- Rich Dad Poor Dad

- One Up on Wall Street

- The Intelligent Investor

- Everyday Millionaires

- Your Money, Your Life

- Side Hustle

- Motley Fool for Teens - não leves a mal ter escolhido a edição "for teens" - é só porque é um excelente guia para quem está a começar e vai investir quantias pequenas só para molhar o pé. Se quiseres algo mais completo, tudo o que é do Motley Fool (incluindo o site, newsletters e podcast) é bom.

Em português não conheço muito e o único que me vem à cabeça é este do Pedro Queiroga Carrilho.

u/PLJVYF · 3 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

If you've taken high school trigonometry, you have the basic skills to make a pretty accurate map. You measure the angles between fixed points (where you're standing now, that tree over there, and the peak of that mountain), and measure the distances between them by walking and stretching out a chain of known length. This kind of laborious surveying is how borders were measured, inland maps made, and property measured. With a series of triangulations, it's easy to measure exactly a coastline or the course of a river, and to place mountains relative to them.

With a little more math (spherical trigonometry) and the right tool (a sextant), you could learn to measure the angle of the sun, moon, and stars relative to the horizon. With this information and a book of reference calculations (put out by an observatory, most famously the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in London, England), you could find with accuracy your latitude (distance north or south of the equator). This information is useful for placing features onto the map when you don't have a known starting point (like if your ship arrives at a new continent).

East-west measurement of Longitude was an especially hard problem, which explains why terrain features were often depicted on maps at the right spot north-south but off in the east-west axis. The solution was highly accurate clocks, so you could measure when local solar noon was, relative to solar noon in a fixed place (the Greenwich observatory, through which the Prime Meridian runs). This story is told famously and well in a short book called Longitude.

u/Take8083 · 3 pointsr/Epstein

"One American comeback story involves a man very much at the center of the news for the past nine months. Donald Trump, as some news stories have pointed out, emerged from four bankruptcies on his path to reality TV star and now GOP frontrunner. The Donald’s net worth was heavily in the negatives in the early 1990s after a real estate crash and the failure of ill-advised side ventures like the Trump Shuttle - an airline he purchased and renamed in 1989 and gave up on three years later. His casino, Trump Taj Mahal, filed for bankruptcy in 1991, after it racked up a reported $3 billion in debt. A year later, Trump Plaza Hotel also filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The New York native, whose net worth reached $1.5 billion in 1989 on the Forbes Billionaires list, slid off the list completely in 1990 and did not climb back until 1997. But the trouble didn’t stop there: Trump’s casino company filed for bankruptcy two more times, in 2004 and 2009, and the New York native reduced his stake in the ventures as a part of the deal."

Quick background for those that didn't know Donald went broke then 'came back'. Around the time his Epstein video was taken (1992) he was probably still not in the black.

He wrote a follow up book "Trump: The Art of the Comeback" in 1997:

Amazon description:

"Trump's story begins when many real estate moguls went belly-up in what he calls the Great Depression of 1990.  Trump reveals how he renegotiated millions of dollars in bank loans and survived the recession, paving the way for a resurgence, during which he built the most successful casino operation in Atlantic City, broke ground on one of the biggest and most lucrative development projects ever undertaken in New York City, and outsmarted one of South America's richest men for rights to the Miss Universe pageant."

u/p2p_editor · 3 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Somebody in another comment mentioned Kevin Mitnick.

In addition to Mitnick's book, I'll also recommend:

Steven Levy's Hackers. It's a classic exploration of the birth of the computer age and hacker culture, with a lot of insights into the mindset of computer people, both white-hat and black-hat.

The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll, which is an account of him tracking down some serious hackers waaay back in the day. It's kind of vintage now, but I remember it being very well written and engaging. It's more like reading a novel than some dry academic piece.

In similar vein is Takedown, by Tsutomu Shimomura, which is Shimomura's account of pursuing and catching Kevin Mitnick. Also quite good, as it was co-written by John Markoff. There's a whiff of Shimomura tooting his own horn in it, but you definitely get a feel for the chase as it was happening, and learn a lot about the details of what Mitnick (and others in the underground hacking world) were actually doing.

Weird fact: I had no idea at the time, of course, but during some of Mitnick's last days before they nabbed him, he lived in an apartment building in my neighborhood in Seattle, right across from the grocery store where I always shopped. And about a year later, I ended up dating a girl who lived in that same building at that time, though of course she had no idea Mitnick was there either or even who he was. Still, I always wonder if I ever happened to stand next to him in line at the grocery store or something like that.

u/wildly_curious_1 · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Anyone ever read the book "The Cuckoo's Egg", by Cliff Stoll? It deals with mid-80s cybercrime (true story) but there was something kinda similar to this, where early on he tracked the bad dude down to the country (but didn't realize it yet because the answer initially sounded so ridiculous to him) by figuring how long it took for data to travel.

Fantastic fantastic book. I'm on my second copy--read the first one literally to pieces.

u/Hoten · 3 pointsr/politics

I can't recommend this book enough:

This is basically the story of one network admin tracking someone attacking his (and the military's) networks. Takes place in the late 80s. If you'd really like to see a description of the "wild west period of the internet", this is it.

u/dd4tasty · 3 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Have you read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll?

The call he made to the Los Angeles Air Force Base when they were getting hacked bad is one of my favorites. To paraphrase, he was tracking hackers, and they got into LAAFB's computer. He called the duty officer. He told them someone had broken into their computer, duty officer said "impossible, it has a password". And Stoll said "yes, the password is "sysop", the default, it was never changed". The duty officer yanked the connection out of the wall as I recall, or something like that.

If you have not read it, it is a GREAT book, and well ahead of its time, highly recommended.

u/bitter_cynical_angry · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions

These are not exactly books about computer science, but rather about the various human aspects (both are non-fiction):

The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll. This is about one of the first computer hackers (in the black hat media sense of hacker). The author stumbled onto the intrusion due to a 75 cent billing discrepancy, and went on to invent honeypots and other creative means of tracking the hacker.

The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder. Written in 1981, it follows two competing teams in a Massachusetts computer company trying to build a 32-bit minicomputer under intense time pressure.

u/Ipswitch84 · 3 pointsr/compsci

Hackers: Heros of the Computer Revolution

The Cookoo's Egg

Both non-fiction, both excellent. Both cover a unique period in computing history, the understanding of which is worthwhile.

u/cryohazard · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

Does Cuckoo's Egg ( count? I remember reading this and writing a report on it back in middle(?) school. Made me want to be that one day...

u/BeowulfShaeffer · 3 pointsr/science

In the forward to The Cuckoo's egg Clifford Stoll mentioned his oral defense of his dissertation. At some poiint one of the gravelly old profs said "I only have one question. Why is the sky blue?". So Stoll starts talking about the scattering of the light and get's interrupted "okay, but why?". Before he knew it they were deep into physics and he said it was the hardest part of the defense by far.

TL;DR - Science is hard

u/lapiak · 3 pointsr/funny

As of today, for some reason, the Steve Jobs Kindle book is more expensive than the hardcover.

u/JulezM · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

If you want to find out how it all works, read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - by John Perkins. In short, the US instigates everything from the presence of those corporations in those countries, to the wars being fought over (like bigmacd24 said) nationalization of those industries. It's a fascinating read.

u/nolotusnotes · 3 pointsr/datingoverthirty

> We drove the same kind of car so he was not flaunting his wealth...

There's a book called The Millionaire Next Door that goes into how very well-off people often do not show any signs of it outwardly.

> Trust me; money does not buy happiness!

I tried that. I know it's not true. :(

u/unklestinky · 3 pointsr/MensRights

Here is a good article adressing the topic

and this book is a great read about saving.

u/Retroceded · 3 pointsr/Overwatch

I read about it here,
They would play in the offices at space x, after pulling 12+ hour days

u/lordofunivers · 3 pointsr/elonmusk
u/gogogadgt · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

He doesn't have a book. Ashley Vance did a biography of sort (with interviews of him):

u/JohnFitzgeraldSnow · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

Got the Elon bio from my wife (after putting it in the cart on Amazon).

u/robertmassaioli · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

What would be a disaster for launch reliability. Have you read ?

In that book the Shipping / Environmental harm caused to the rockets was very real.

u/acetv · 3 pointsr/learnmath

Check out some pop math books.

John Derbyshire's Prime Obsession talks about today's most famous unsolved problem, both the history of and an un-rigorous not-in-depth discussion of the mathematical ideas.

There's also Keith Devlin's Mathematics: The New Golden Age, which, to quote redditor schnitzi, "provides an overview of most of the major discoveries in mathematics since 1960, across all subdisciplines, and isn't afraid to try to teach you the basics of them (unlike many similar books)."

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott is an interesting novel about dimension and immersion. An absolute classic, first published in 1884.

You should also check out the books on math history.

Journey Through Genius covers some of the major mathematical breakthroughs from the time of the Greeks to modern day. I enjoyed this one.

Derbyshire wrote one too called Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra which I've heard is good.

And finally, you should check out at least one book containing actual mathematics. For this I emphatically recommend Paul Halmos' Naive Set Theory. It is a small book, just 100 pages, absolutely bursting with mathematical insight and complexity. It is essentially a haiku on a subject that forms the theoretical foundation of all of today's mathematics (though it is slowly being usurped by category theory). After sufficient background material is introduced, the book covers the ever-important Axiom of Choice (remember the Banach-Tarski paradox?), along with its sisters, Zorn's Lemma and the Well Ordering Principle. After that it discusses cardinal numbers and the levels of infinity. The path he takes is absolutely beautiful and his experience and understanding virtually drips from the pages.

Oh yeah, there's an awesome reading list of books put out by the University of Cambridge that might be of interest too: PDF warning.

u/jothco · 3 pointsr/books

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics Mathematics opened up the world of math for me like nothing else did.

The Illuminatus Trilogy perhaps

Really it all depends on your goals, though. Do you want to be eclectic? Read 'quality' literature? Be the campus ideologue? Have a good idea about the classes you might be taking?

One thing I would suggest is, if you have a subject you are interested in...find a good textbook and start reading. This has helped me get a more balanced view of things (I think) than reading 'what's hot' in the field's popular literature.

u/captainhamption · 3 pointsr/learnmath

Working your way through a beginning discrete math class is kind of an overview of the history of math. But here are some stand-alone books on it. Writing quality varies.

The World of Mathematics

A History of Mathematical Notation. Warning: his style is painful.

Journey Through Genius

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. A reference book, but useful.

u/gregmat · 3 pointsr/GRE

Another great book that will hone your math and your vocabulary is Journey Through Genius.

This book was like a revelation to me.

Introduced me to non-Euclidean geometry and all other kinds of crazy shit.

u/two_up · 3 pointsr/AskHistorians

I highly recommend Jouney Through Genius by William Dunham. It covers the great theorems in history from Euclid to Cantor, and the writing style is very engaging and accessible. It has a perfect five star record on amazon with over a hundred reviews which is pretty rare.

u/tell_you_tomorrow · 3 pointsr/math

I read a book called Journey Through Genius for a math history class. I enjoyed it quite a bit and it matches what you are looking for.

u/nebulawanderer · 3 pointsr/mathbooks

Not a book, but I can share a few videos that I've found inspirational during some rough times with mathematics...

Fermat's Last Theorem -- This is a documentary on Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem. It's also probably the most emotional video I've ever watched about math. Highly recommended.

Fractals -- This is a neat NOVA documentary on fractals. In particular, it provides some inspiring history regarding Mandelbrot's discovery and journey with this subject.

Everything is relative, Mr. Poincare -- Another exceptional and inspiring documentary.

The only book I can recommend is Journey Through Genius by William Dunham, which provides an excellent treatise on the history of mathematics. From the book description

> Dunham places each theorem within its historical context and explores the very human and often turbulent life of the creator — from Archimedes, the absentminded theoretician whose absorption in his work often precluded eating or bathing, to Gerolamo Cardano, the sixteenth-century mathematician whose accomplishments flourished despite a bizarre array of misadventures, to the paranoid genius of modern times, Georg Cantor. He also provides step-by-step proofs for the theorems, each easily accessible to readers with no more than a knowledge of high school mathematics.

It's a very good read, and not too gigantic. Good wishes your way, mate.

u/platinumarks · 3 pointsr/WTF

I searched some of the text and found it. It's "Emergency!: True Stories from the Nation's ERs" by Mark Brown. It's here on Amazon:

u/dangoodspeed · 3 pointsr/WTF
u/notanon · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I purchased it from Amazon back in February and found it to be a good mix of stories. They're not all as crazy as this one, but well worth the $8.

Emergency!: True Stories From The Nation's ERs

u/minnick27 · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

[Emergency! By Dr Mark Brown] (

"I noticed something underneath the vagina, on the perineum, and looked closer. I found the patients vagina and intact hymen under what I had assumed was the vagina"

They had been married 52 years!

Should I mention this is my favorite book and it stays on my nightstand?

u/Doctuh · 3 pointsr/HaltAndCatchFire

Soul of a New Machine - almost the same story

i sing the body electric - from a pure software pov

u/browsit · 3 pointsr/ECE
u/lurkishdelights · 3 pointsr/compsci

If you're looking for a story, here's a good classic non-fiction one:
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
And a fictional one:
The Bug by Ellen Ullman

u/solinv · 3 pointsr/Physics

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Never met a physicist who doesn't idolize him.

u/nyxmori · 3 pointsr/GEB

I'm in, but some people are put off by calling it that. Any idea what that genre of literature would be referred to? Intellectual non-fiction, or something?

As for books to add to the list, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a fantastic read.

u/rootyb · 3 pointsr/FlashTV

If you haven't read it yet, I'd highly recommend picking up the book on the right of the picture, too: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

u/LuminiferousEthan · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was one hell of a character. Brilliant man.

Someone did a graphic novel biography of him, if you're interested. Awesome book. And I've never laughed more from a book than from Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman

u/geeksanon · 3 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a refreshing and entertaining book of short stories about Feynman's life. The stores aren't fundamentally technical, but they definitely give insight into some of the nontechnical aspects of engineering.

u/ragamuffi · 3 pointsr/argentina

otro recomendable de fisica con humor y comprensible de Feynman
sobre fisica cuantica?

u/RyanS099 · 3 pointsr/askscience

Richard Feynman noticed this phenomenon and did a series of impromptu experiments to determine the chemical signalling ants use. You can read further details in this interesting book:

u/JumbocactuarX27 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman is a fantastic book and anyone who would like to know that there's still adventure in the world should read it. Hell, everyone else should read it too.

Also, I was really worried about finding a job after college and reading What should I do with my life? was not only enjoyable but uplifting. I felt a lot better about my life after reading it.

Edit: Added links

u/Pardner · 3 pointsr/comics

Your comment reminds me of this comic. Feynman was an influential physicist and one of the best science communicators that ever lived. I first recommend watching these videos, then reading this book (the text of which can be easily found digitally).

Have a good Sunday = ).

u/silver_pear · 3 pointsr/Documentaries

Or his book Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman. It too is a fantastic read and truly allows you to appreciate the man for not only his fantastic knowledge, but also for the humour he brought to life.

u/RDS · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Ishmael (and the rest of the series) by Daniel Quinn opened my eyes in my senior year of high school.

It's about a Gorilla, who has lived beside man for a number of decades and teaches a pupil through stories and analogies about how we are already at the cusp of civilization collapse. It's about a lot more than just that, namely the relationship of humans, animals, the planet, and how humans have a unique, egotistical view of themselves where we deemed ourselves rulers of the planet.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins is an eye opener as well.

Other great reads:

Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock.


UFO's by Leslie Keen

Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

I also really enjoyed the Myst series by Rand & Robin Miller (the books the game is based on). It's about worlds within worlds and an ancient race of authors creating worlds through magical ink and books (sci-fi/fantasy).

u/dhpye · 3 pointsr/politics

Confessions of an Economic Hitman is a great read on this topic, detailing how the Washington-based IMF and World Bank would entice countries to bankrupt themselves by pursuing development projects that had no chance of actually accomplishing anything, thereby creating dependent client states that had most of their financial sovereignty gutted.

u/poopyfarts · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Read about United Fruit Co. They were the ones who initially lobbied for an invasion of the Guatemala after the democrats took over and didn't want them pimping their resources.

Literally the exact same situation in Iran when they kicked out the oil companies and didn't want Americans whoring out their land while keeping them in poverty. Gas/Oil companies went to the government and asked for military assistance.

Read more. Confessions Of An Economic Hitman touches things like this USA did all over the world

u/DAKINGINDAFLOOR · 3 pointsr/politics

Read Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

The game of Empire is alive and well.

u/mrsamsa · 3 pointsr/skeptic

I don't think there will ever be a perfect rule that can be applied across all possibilities without fail, but for me one of the major things I look for is whether the author is a respected scientist actively working in the field (or, if they're retired, had an active history in the field).

So your Gazzaniga and Brown books I wouldn't even hesitate to recommend to others, without even having read them. It helps that I've read other books by those authors and their research, but their names alone are enough for me to give them a tick. Of course that doesn't guarantee that they're good books, but if you're asking for a rule on how to judge a book before reading it, then that's probably going to result in more success than failure.

The second thing I look for is whether the author has a history of writing polemics and intentionally controversial books in order to increase sales (a sort of "clickbait" approach to books), and whether their names are associated with criticism for misrepresenting basic issues in the areas they discuss. As such, people like Gladwell and Pinker would be ruled out by this.

>I'd also love to hear /r/skeptic 's suggestions for reading specifically about learning, drive, motivation, discipline...

My personal suggestions would be:

Understanding Behaviorism - William Baum (touches a little more on rigorous academic work rather than being a purely pop work, but still has some good pop chapters).

The Science of Self-Control - Howard Rachlin

Breakdown of Will - George Ainslie

Some related books but not directly on those topics:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks (It's a cliche suggestion but still a good book).

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience - Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld (More methodological issues with neuroscience research and reporting).

Delusion of Gender - Cordelia Fine (Critical look at some of the research on gender differences).

u/Y_pestis · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Not quite the same as your examples, but some of my favorite non-fiction science are...

The Coming Plague

And The Band Played On

The Disappearing Spoon

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

I could probably come up with a few others if any of these seem to be what interests you.

u/GodOfAtheism · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Reefer Madness is about not only the causes behind marijuana being illegal, but also problems with migrant labor, and pornography.

Nickle and Dimed is about, basically, how minimum wage sucks a big fat one.

The Man who mistook his wife for a hat is about people with varying neurological disorders, and I think is just cool in general.

u/LieselMeminger · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. The writing is so good you won't care about the squeamish content.

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. A perfect blend of a historical retelling and science.

A Treasury of Deception by Michael Farguhar.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks. Short stories of the mentally abnormal patients of Sacks.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor. Very good insight on what it is like to live with, and recover from brain damage. Also talks science about parts of the brain as a nice intro to the subject.

Mutants: On Genetic Variety in the Human Body by Armand Leroi.

And of course,
Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

u/MattieShoes · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I'm subscribed to lots of book subreddits, so I assumed one of those... Saw it was askwomen and my first thought was "I bet Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman isn't on any of their lists." Thank you for proving me wrong! :-D

So for kicks, I'll recommend "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" to you. It's neurology case studies from Oliver Sacks (The doctor from Awakenings, played by Robin Williams), written for laymen. That shit is fascinating!

u/Mousafir · 3 pointsr/hypnosis

Any book that take a scientific look on how we perceive and integrate stimulu. (Here is my choice).

Any Oliver Sacks book. Understanding the broken brain is a very good tool to get the healthy one.(start with this one)

There is that Crash Course Psychology.

For me it's a good to understand what are attention and perception, what is it to learn and the importance of working memory. You can get all that without understanding memory, but it would be interesting to.

It can be cool to have a general idea of when our brain use shortcut because it's important not to waste energy.

And then for the social side of it welcome to the field of influence.

For a bit of history, the declassified documents are on the source section.

u/isthisfunforyou719 · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

I've written about this before and you may fall in the second camp of the passage below, as do most FIRE people I think.

>...the FIRE path generally come in one of two version: the first group approach FIRE by driving down their living expenses extremely low. Examples approaches are living off-the-grid tiny houses and eating rice and beans. Another low-cost tactic is living in low cost of living places (COLA) and in the extreme means moving to poorer countries ("retirement hacking"), e.g. Mexico with it's good weather and your USD goes further. MMM (build all my own stuff) and Market Timer (living in a cheap country) are two examples. I have a feeling this group is actually the minority of the two, but I don't have any surveys. I've only met two this type IRL (well, living this way by choice).

>The other type are high income earners who save a high percentages of their income. Bogleheads's survery's income (column U) has some eye-popping numbers and clearly skews towards highly educated/high income. WCI and Financial Samurai are both good examples of people who both have/had high incomes and decided to convert those incomes into wealth/FI through savings and investing. In the data that's out there(Millionaire Next Door and the little bit of self-reported data in the BH survey), this appears to be the more common path to FI. It certainly is easier to save lots when you earn a lot rather than try to squeeze every expense out of your life day in and day out for decades.

u/nowhereian · 3 pointsr/AskMen

Those are all things you can avoid. Stop wearing such nice suits. Stop driving such a nice car.

Check out The Millionaire Next Door. Practice some stealth wealth. As a side benefit, you'll spend less.

u/xilex · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

Your quote and mindset resonate with The Millionaire Next Door.

When assessing a purchase that I feel I shouldn't make so easily, I sometimes compare want to need. I really want to buy that iPad Pro because it has a larger screen with the stylus, but I already have an iPad Air 2 and even then I don't use it that much, therefore it doesn't look like I really need the iPad Pro. Everyone's posting cool videos of drones, I want to buy a $500 drone, but I don't really need it. It's helpful when I see all these "deals" online that I feel I should take advantage of.

u/Extre · 3 pointsr/Jordan_Peterson_Memes

lots of* electricians retire millionaires.

the millionaire next door

u/czarnick123 · 3 pointsr/Bitcoin

The Millionaire Next Door is good reading for anyone serious about upwards mobility. It quashes a lot of the ideas the poor/middle class have about the rich.

You gotta stop looking at someone with a 60k car and saying "Wow! They have a 60k car!". Instead think "Wow! They spent 60k on a car."

If you dont have patience for a book. This is one of the best things I have ever read about money and I try to revisit it every few months:

u/justadude27 · 3 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Absolute bullshit. Go read this

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Or this

u/Nabber86 · 3 pointsr/worldnews

Your post sums up the book The Millionaire Next Door pretty well.

u/theberkshire · 3 pointsr/Investments

Congratulations on being wise enough with your money at such a young age to do your research and ask questions. That's exactly what you should continue doing, as it will pay off in the long run far more than any single investment you can make right now.

Along those lines I would invest a small amount of that money in some basic books about money that will help you develop a fundamental philosophy about your relationship with money and building wealth. Ebook, blogs and apps all have their benefits, but you really should have a basic financial library of physical books you can have on hand.

Your Money or Your Life:

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life:

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

That short list is in no way complete, but will get you started.

As far as websites/blogs/free reads here's a few to consider:

It's great that you have a nice little lump sum of money to invest right now, but the key to building wealth generally won't involve lump sums every now and then and finding places to put them. The key is to discipline yourself to set aside portions of any amount money that comes in and have an automatic system to invest it and let it grow without touching it.

Have a plan for every paycheck, bonus, tax refund, inheritance, bank heist money :) you come into to have a portion funneled into your investments before you're tempted to find other, unlimited, things to do with it.

This is the greatest book probably ever written on that concept:

Having a goal, a plan for getting there, and the discipline to actually execute it will make you wealthy. Wealth gives you choices, freedom, and opportunity, and the earlier you start building it, the easier it will be to have these things. If you don't appreciate how important those are to living a good life, I guarantee you will in the years ahead.

At some point you will hear the name Warren Buffett (if you haven't already). He's the single greatest investor who's ever lived and my personal favorite. Once you have the basics down, and you might have further interest in investing I would recommend studying him. Even though there are countless books and websites devoted to him, he's already left us nearly everything you need to know about investing right there on his simple company website in the form of his annual letters--basically a free master class on investing, written by a genious who also happens to have great wit:

In a much broader sense beyond investing, there is a book more than a hundred years old that discusses getting to wealth in a very interesting and powerful way. I've used it as inspiration from a standpoint as a business person, but I think it's worth studying seriously for anyone trying to build wealth.

I believe you can still get a free copy here:

If you don't want to subscribe, just Google "The Science of Getting Rich".

And here's a good audio version as well:

No matter what philosophy and path you take, I always include another personal recommendation to set aside a small portion of your portfolio into something "alternative" that interests you and might have the potential to build or at least preserve wealth. For me it's basically precious metals, and more specifically collectible silver and gold coins. I've also collected old paper money, stamps, stock certificates, rare books, and music and movie memorabilia all to a lesser degree. Keeps things interesting, and sometimes you can do pretty well with experience and a little luck.

And best of luck to you!

*Edit: Sp+fixed links, and here's my best TLDL:

Buy physical copies of some basic wealth building books. Consider :

Your Money or Your Life:

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life:

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Read "The Richest Man in Babylon" and follow the concept of always paying yourself first:

Warren Buffett is an investing God. If/when you're ready to learn more, just start here:

Read and/or listen to "The Science of Getting Rich":

Diversify a small portion of your wealth with physical assets you can hold and that might have a lifelong interest to you. A quick recommendation would be to start with 5% of your portfolio in precious metals, perhaps a small variety of silver bullion coins and bars. (I'd be happy to give you specific suggestions on these if wanted).

u/Communist_Pants · 3 pointsr/Showerthoughts

Most millionaires drive sedans that are 8+ years old.

u/Eyimanewpizzaguy · 3 pointsr/TalesFromThePizzaGuy

Most actual millionaires drive common, paid off cars. Interesting read

Not to say your boss was a millionaire, he could have been a broke dumbass. But the perception that nice car = successful person was one sold to us by marketing execs. The reality for most people is nice car = big car loan.

u/TheJgamer · 3 pointsr/offbeat

I think anyone who seems to be against "rich people" in this thread should read "The Millionaire Next Door" or some of "Mr. Money Mustaches" blog. It'll give you a sense of what it takes to be rich, and it isn't simply being born from the right womb. 80% of millionaires are self-made, they mostly live a humble lifestyle and earn middle-class wages.

An entitlement mentality won't get you anywhere.

u/jeremiahs_bullfrog · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

Read The Millionaire Next Door. It goes through the difference between inherited and earned wealth. The TL;DR of thr portion you're interested in is that those who inherit wealth squander it, those who earn it raise their children in a way that allows them to earn it as well. If you want your kids to be wealthy, teach them the value of money and give them the tools to earn kt themselves.

I am considering setting up a trust fund for my children that will make them FI once they turn 30 or 35 or something, but I'll give them very little before then. I'll also give them lots of opportunities to earn extra money so they can support themselves through school.

My parents could have paid to put me through school, but instead they only paid half. It was just enough that I could work my way through school without taking on extra debt. They also gave me a 0% loan to buy a house, but I had to pay it back on a schedule. I think this is the right approach to wealth propagation.

And you're right, I don't know any really wealthy people (well, some, but not inherited, it was earned). And I'm glad I don't.

u/solarcross · 3 pointsr/benzorecovery

I’m 40 and weening off .5mg tables 3X a day for eight years. I’ve recently been reading Michael Pollan’s new book about microdosing psilocybin and I am convinced and going to start trying it out when I get low enough on my benzodiazepines and start really feeling WD. I figure this will be a ripe time to try a natural remedy used by shamans for thousands of years to battle tribal anxieties.

This post is a great connection for me.

u/girafang · 3 pointsr/whatsthatbook

ope, found it. It was actually a square of the sky in an otherwise black page.


A friend recommended me it. For those interested:



u/velvetreddit · 3 pointsr/news

I recommend Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.. He also does the audio book reading himself.

Pollen is a a journalist, activist, and professor at Harvard and UC Berkeley.

In How to Change your Mind, Pollan chronicles the history is psychedelics, what’s happening with its current success in medicine, and its affect on human consciousness.

I really hope Netflix picks this up for another docuseries like his past works such as Cooked and The Botany of Desire.

u/LapetusOne · 3 pointsr/shrooms

Just taking Psilocybin won't really help fix much. You're better off using it in a therapeutic setting intended to help you deal with past issues. It's all about your intentions using it and the set and setting.


I can't recommend Michael Pollans book enough to help you understand how Psilocybin works and the therapy that goes along with it.


If you want a quick intro to everything, his interview with Tim Ferriss is really great:


Good luck, be safe, and take it slow. You're gonna be just fine.

u/PushYourPacket · 3 pointsr/FIREyFemmes

I've been here periodically but I haven't formally intro'ed myself so I'll do that here:

  • I work in IT as an engineering/architecture level (tend to fall more in architecture roles, but do a lot of engineering too).

  • Dream job... well, I might be starting it in a bit over a week. It's 100% remote (globally), working with a tech firm pushing technology in ways that break many of the traditional models, great benefits, amazing people, etc etc. I might post more later, but still seems too good to be true right now. If I had to say something else, probably consulting where I work remote architecting datacenters/cloud deployments and building the migration plans for them. Really jobs that challenge me technically while enabling me to work how I want to work, when I want to work.

  • Likely driven, goal oriented, logical to a fault, and would do well going with my gut more. #EngineeringLife

  • Dream vacation is kind of a misnomer for me, and my dream would be more of a vanlife thing at this point for a bit. Otherwise Australia/NZ

  • I am watching a friends dog right now (about 5 months so far lol) while they look for a house. Need to get my own.

  • I'm really proud of myself for completing a marathon. Crossing that finish line was one of the most rewarding feelings I've ever had on my own. Took 2 years from the goal being set to achieving it. I was in rough shape but would've cried if I had any fluids left to cry with lol

  • Been reading a book about the newest research on psychadelics. It's pretty interesting. I'm a big advocate for ending the war on drugs, and more legalization of psychadelics for medical use (especially in therapeutic settings) if not full recreational. I've never used them, but strongly believe in their use for therapeutic use with minimal risks (I equate it to marijuana in this regard). The book is How to Change Your Mind.

  • Neither. I prefer ginger ale, or stuff like La Croix. Although usually water, tea, and coffee are my go-to's.
u/hulktopus · 3 pointsr/shrooms

Perhaps not a guide, but Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind is a great book about history of psychedelic therapy, current events in that field, and looking forward as well as trip reports from the author.

u/Independent · 2 pointsr/books

If you are a US citizen, the US Constitution and your state constitution. Oh, and the ridiculously long warning list that comes with oral contraceptives. In terms of books;

Your Money or Your Life

Millionaire Next Door

If you can find a copy of John Brunner's epic sci-fi The Sheep Look Up that's not at collector's prices, it's worth a read, and you're the right age.

u/toolbelt28 · 2 pointsr/minimalism

Thanks! I'll definitely check it out. For financial purposes my friend told me to read The Millionaire Next Door.

u/downvoted_u_heres_Y · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Millionaire Next Door. I read this one back in my 20's. Have lived modestly since then and don't regret not being a conspicuous consumer.

Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (I found this one in the library when I was a teenager. Girls masturbate and have orgasms? Cool!

u/w3woody · 2 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

Oh, sure; I'm a huge believer that we are not a classless society, though the demarcations I would make have more to do with how individuals handle money (and the reserves available to them) which then determines socioeconomic status, autonomy, and (as I noted above) ability to speak freely without being hampered by work considerations.

Part of the problem is that these lines may not land where we traditionally think of them. Meaning in the 16th century, the lines were clear: the aristocracy owned the means of production, the peasants worked for the aristocracy, and a small (but growing) "middle class", the supposed "petite bourgeoisie", who sat in the middle. If you were in the upper aristocratic class, you were rich; the middle class remained roughly in the middle wealth wise, the peasants were poor.

And these designations (rich, middle class, poor) also were related to relative autonomy: the rich have the autonomy to pursue "work" as the saw fit, and often saw themselves as caretakers of a legacy to pass down to their children. The middle class did not answer to the aristocracy and thus had greater political autonomy (and, as the middle class grew, so did many philosophies tied to it, such as Locke's notions of the pursuit of happiness, or Hume's observations on moral sentiments). The peasants were poor and had little (if any) voice, at least until recently.

But today? Fuck, it's all a blur.

You have ostensibly "rich" people who are paid extremely well but who are ultimately beholden to an employer for employment. You have people who make a solidly average income who save for a retirement of complete independence--who may never really be able to afford a luxury car but who can afford to take a year driving around the country. You have people with all the trappings of wealth (fancy cars, expensive houses, luxury everything) who are so leveraged to the hilt the first economic headwind knocks them to poverty faster than I can complete this sentence. You have the "millionaire next store", the family who lives average lives but who lived below their means for so long they no longer work for a living but live off their investments--yet hide their wealth so as not to stand out.

And hell, you have radio personalities who are trying to help create more "millionaires next store" by helping people get out of debt and start investing through living beneath their means. You even have groups here on Reddit devoted to /r/financialindependence.


So the whole notion of "class" becomes difficult to nail down in this country, not just because we're ostensibly a "classless society", but there is a severe disconnect between culture, wealth, financial independence and the freedom that brings.


More frustratingly I predict this will be downvoted to oblivion, because we also have a fucking huge blind spot in this country to what wealth is, what it means, and what it can do. Someone will undoubtedly sing the "but you can't save to retire unless you make a gazillion dollars a year, so take your white patriarchal bullshit out of here" song, while another will sing the "but it's so expensive I can't survive living here on my measly salary (that is twice or three times the national average)" song.

Hell, most people in our country couldn't name the three types of wealth, or characterize in real terms what the "means of production" is for professions like plumber or carpenter. A lot of folks certainly have no sense when it comes to financial matters.

Instead, to them, money is something only the lucky have, freedom is the freedom to buy two Ferraris and a Porsche, and the rest of us are going to die miserable lives of wretched poverty.

And when talking about economics, it's easier just to look at anonymized tax return data, group them into quintiles, and study that instead.

u/SolusOpes · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

There's a good book I like called The Millionaire Next Door.

It details the types of lives most millionaires have. And how so many fly under the radar. You might be surprised who you know who's secretly quite well off. :)

Even tho they drive a 10 year old car and live in a moderate home.

u/TheSingulatarian · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

You're going to need about 2 million saved/invested if you don't want to eat your seed corn (so to speak) and make that money last another 40 plus years.

You can invest directly with Vanguard, Schwab or Fidelity and avoid the sleazy bankers.

Are you in the military and have a TSP? It is a very good program. If you are working for a private contractor do they have a 401K and you should be investing in a Roth IRA.

I would recommend Four books to get you started:

u/hereforthecommentz · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

>I guess what I want to do is a study of millionaires.

Someone beat you to it.

(A worthwhile read, if you haven't read it already. Practically the bible around here.)

u/CEZ3 · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Also read The Millionaire Next Door. There is a section specifically on the cost of financing & owning a vehicle. There is a comparison between buying a new car every four years, ten times (over a 40 year career) versus buying a new car every ten years, four times. The comparison allows for the additional maintenance in years 5 - 10.

Hint: the cost of financing is greater than you think.

u/ThatOneDruid · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

In the book the millionaire next door the author mentions how he meets a affluent couple who makes breaks even or even makes money buying and selling used cars every few years. They are on the extreme end of the ladder and the appeared to put a lot of time and research into finding used cars that sell well in their area. (It's been a year so so since I read the book, so don't quote me)

That gave the the impression that yes, you can come out even or even make money selling your car regularly. But it's a lot of work, research, and timing. If hunting the deal and selling the car isn't something you enjoy, I'm not sure it'd be a good idea.

u/ColloquialInternet · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions


One thing I'm curious about is if you're really just looking to make 6 figures or if you're looking to be come a millionaire. Interestingly, those are different things. It gets into the Millionaire-next-door paradox. The majority of millionaires in the US aren't like pro basketball players or lawyers, but people like small business owners that own 3-4 dry cleaners.

Start with

Because it has a lot of important lessons. For example, most millionaires don't just make money (play offense) they save a lot (play defense). The book goes through cases with folks with millions in the bank that still clip coupons.

u/vorak · 2 pointsr/Frugal

For me, the short answer is I spend less money.

The long answer, though, has to do with the YNAB method, reading some key financial books and ultimately changing the way I view money. Earlier this year my soon-to-be father-in-law gifted me The Millionaire Next Door. Then I read Your Money or Your Life. Those two books, combined with being so exhausted from living paycheck to paycheck, got me started down the path of actually really caring how I handled my money.

I had been using a basic spreadsheet to track income and expense but after finding YNAB, via Reddit of course, things just started to change. I stopped buying stupid shit I didn't need. I eliminated impulse buying. I stopped buying coffee and going out to eat a few times a week. Those little things add up. I saved for things I wanted instead of putting them on credit and paying for them later.

It sounds like you've got a lot of that under control already though. Like /u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN said, it's the method. The four rules. You can absolutely incorporate those four rules into your existing spreadsheet and not pay a dime for the software. But the software they've developed is so goddamn good it just makes doing it myself so unappealing.

The other thing that helps is their support system. There is so much content available on YouTube. The podcast is awesome. You can even take their online courses for free.

Give the trial a go. You can use it fully featured for 34 days I think. There's a good chance it'll drop to $15 whenever the steam sale happens in a week or two. Pick it up then if you like it. If not, no harm!

u/HotBubblyH2O · 2 pointsr/savedyouaclick

With today’s financial products it’s easy to become a millionaire with a little discipline and a lot of time.

I’d recommend this book.

u/SpicedApple · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

> I want a nice car - think BMW or Corvette.

Read this and this.

Cars aren't indicators of success. They are oftentimes indicators of poverty or middle class wealth bleeds. You need an emergency fund, need to max out your 401(k) / IRA, and be responsible. Don't throw good money after bad because you're emotional right now.

u/HipToBeQueer · 2 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Similairly, it is the first generation(s) of imigrants who historically in America are very productive and start more businesses, while their children often don't inherit that trait at all, but instead already have the wealth they need because of their parents. Read about it in The millionaire Next Door (classic)

Feels like the wealth and riches are more a product of what makes a person productive and happy, but the wealth itself doesn't necessarily create more happiness when only inherited.

u/NumbZebra · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Give these books a read. All have something good to learn in them. No silver bullets, but good material to think about what you want from money and life. I'll let you figure out the details after you do some reading.

u/highfructoseSD · 2 pointsr/sugarlifestyleforum

>I'm talking about the caliber of wealth that doesn't really take the train and just takes black cars or has their own personal driver, helicopter even, etc.


read this, may be hard work but worth it:

u/CinematicChief · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Actually, a good portion of the extremely wealthy act in frugal ways. This is what helped lead to their wealth. It was explored in the book The Millionaire Next Door.

u/invenio78 · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Invest $4 into the book "The Millionaires Next Door." Your young and now is the time to learn about how to view money and buying things to "impress others."

u/etlai · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I just came across this post via I-don't-know-how (this isn't my area of subreddit), but really enjoyed your posts.

> I was being "brainwashed" into choosing this life

What society thinks it knows about successful marriages couldn't be further from the truth. Given that you play the crucial role of housemaker, you will truly appreciate, and learn from, this read:

Millionaire Next Door

Research shows how vital you are to your family's success, and so many of your details line up with the demographic in the book. You are truly an unsung hero in society today, and a blessing to your family.

> I struggle with the opinions of others frequently as my friends will make snide/rude remarks regarding my life

Haters gonna hate. They wouldn't know what a strong woman looked like if they were slapped in the face by one. (You will really enjoy MND)

u/Archimedes_Redux · 2 pointsr/exmormon

I am 60 and recently divorced after 30 plus years. I am planning a psychedelic journey to set the tone for my next phase of life. I plan to go with naturals, probably psilocybin mushrooms or maybe peyote. Havent done hallucinogenics for over 35 years, and am looking forward to having a mind expanding experience

FWIW i don't think DMT is technically a psychedelic, it's more of an amphetamine. I recommend:

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

u/tathata · 2 pointsr/worldnews

> Like many of his colleagues, Hubbard strongly objected to Leary's do-it-yourself approach to psychedelics, especially his willingness to dispense with the all-important trained guide.

This is relayed from the perspective of Al Hubbard (not the Scientologist) on p. 200 of Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. Pages 185-220 are devoted to Leary.

Some icing on the cake, an excerpt of a letter from Myron Stolaroff to Leary (p. 199):

> "Tim, I am convinced you are heading for very serious trouble ..., and it would not only make a great deal of trouble for you, but for all of us, and may do irreparable harm to the psychedelic field in general."

u/JustSumGui · 2 pointsr/news

If you want a really full backstory on the history of psychedelics in the US and all the clinical trials from the 50's 60's, and back up again starting recently, you want to read "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollen (


I was introduced to this book after listening to this 45 minute episode on Fresh Air podcast where he talks about it. I was fascinated and bought the book that day, but if you just want a bit more backstory than an article, I'd give it a listen.

u/JohnnySkynets · 2 pointsr/starcitizen

>I had to read this book for a management class and I actually included a mention of CR in my essay. The complaints, the complements, the strategies, and more of the two gave me deja vu. Musk actually began selling the Roadster during its development, similar to pledging in SC. He even made all the "backers" pony up an extra $17 grand for the car because he miscalculated the cost of production.

>It makes you think about what Musk would have made if he stayed in game design, or what CR could have made if he chose a different path.

Oh wow. I wasn't aware of those things. I'm guessing Tesla didn't have a forum with goons stirring shit up! Yeah in an alternate reality Elon's space game is probably as close to a 1:1 space sim as a game can be and CR's rockets are more like fighter jet space shuttles!

u/nicoh10 · 2 pointsr/argentina
u/WolfofAnarchy · 2 pointsr/technology

This one is a must-read

The rest was basically more factual stuff about how Tesla and SpaceX operate, how they get revenue, how they implement changes, what drives them, their marketing & PR, etc.

u/HopDavid · 2 pointsr/Futurology


For Musk fans I highly recommend Ashley Vance's bio of Musk: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. I did a review of Vance's book.

u/YugoReventlov · 2 pointsr/space

Have you read Ashlee Vance's biography of Musk? If you haven't, it's pretty interesting in this respect.

u/getzdegreez · 2 pointsr/funny

It's in this book

u/vsnmrs · 2 pointsr/technology
u/AnOddOtter · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

I'm reading Elon Musk's biography right now and think it might be helpful if you're talking about career success. The dude seems like a jerk but has an incredible work ethic and drive to succeed.

You can say pretty much the same exact thing about Augustus' biography.

Outliers really helped me a lot, because it made me realize talent wasn't nearly important as skill/effort. You put in the time and effort and you will develop your skills.

If you're an introvert like me these books helped me "fake it till I make it" or just want to be more socially capable: Charisma Myth, anything by Leil Lowndes, Make People Like You in 90 Seconds. Not a book but the Ted Talk about body language by Amy Cuddy

A book on leadership I always hear good things about but haven't read yet is Start With Why.

u/FourShotBR · 2 pointsr/2meirl4meirl

Highly recommend his biography! (Link)

u/solaceinsleep · 2 pointsr/space

It's in his biography by Ashley Vance

I believe the author interviewed the two people who went with Musk on the trip

u/YahwehTheDevil · 2 pointsr/math

For books that will help you appreciate math, I recommend Journey Through Genius by William Dunham for a general historical approach, and Love and Math by Edward Frenkel and Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire for specific focuses in "modern" mathematics (in these cases, the Langlands program and the Riemann Hypothesis).

There's a lot of mathematical lore that you'll find really interesting the first time you read it, but then it becomes more and more grating each subsequent time you come across it. (The example that springs most readily to mind is how the Pythagorean theorem rocked the Greeks' socks about their belief in numbers and what the brotherhood supposedly did to the guy who proved that irrational numbers exist). For that reason, I recommend reading only one or two books that summarize the historical developments in math up to the present, and then finding books that focus on one mathematician or one theorem that is relatively modern. In addition to the books I mentioned above, there are also some good ones on the Poincare Conjecture and Fermat's Last Theorem, and given that you're a computer science guy, I'm sure you can find a good one about P = NP.

u/SacaSoh · 2 pointsr/brasil

Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics.

Livro bem maneiro, explica alguns pontos com profundidade, contudo de uma forma que você consegue seguir o raciocínio sem maiores problemas. Achei um excelente livro pra vc descobrir algo para se aprofundar.

Na minha experiência a física é o melhor caminho para você aprender matemática, pois dá um "contexto" interessante na aplicação do conhecimento (incidentalmente, sou advogado, contudo leio sobre física há uns 15 anos).
Mas tem alguns detalhes: i) certos pontos de matemática não estarão na física (quem sabe no futuro, como certos aspectos da simetria, que eram tópicos de matemática pura até descobrirem ser uma ferramenta na física quântica) ; ii) certos campos da matemática são muito profundos quando aplicados a uma física (sendo esta passível de adaptação para leigos); ou seja: certos livros de física que vc não terá dificuldade alguma em compreender omitem a maior parte da matemática por ser bem hardcore (muita dedicação para um autodidata, embora possível de ir atrás).

u/lurking_quietly · 2 pointsr/mathematics

Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham. It's currently US$10.14 in paperback on It includes plenty of interesting mathematics, as well biographical profiles of a number of mathematicians. It's also definitely suitable for someone your brother's age and with his current mathematical background.

u/porkosphere · 2 pointsr/math

I highly recommend "Journey Through Genius" by William Dunham for people with an interest in math, but maybe with not much background yet.

Each chapter talks about one of the great theorems in math, starting with the ancient Greeks and ending with Cantor. The chapter explains some history behind the problem, and provides motivation for why the question is interesting. Then it actually presents a proof. It's a great way of getting exposure to new ideas, proofs, and is a nice survey of a wide range of math. Plus, it's well-written!

Personally, I don't think learning something like, say, category theory makes sense unless you've had some more higher math that will provide examples of where category theory is useful. I love abstraction as much as the next mathematician, but I've learned that it's usually useless unless you have a set of examples that help you understand the abstraction.

u/arthur_sc_king · 2 pointsr/math

> You can do it with one triangle, but it's ugly ugly algebra.

This is the example that came to my mind. From William Dunham's Journey Through Genius:

> So, Heron's formula provides us with another proof of the Pythagorean theorem. Of course, this proof is incredibly more complicated than is necessary-rather like traveling from Boston to New York by way of Spokane....

An ugly proof, and a great line.

u/trobertson · 2 pointsr/math

I've always liked Journey Through Genius. It's pretty small, ~280 pages of paperback novel size, but it covers a nice selection of mathematical history and thinking. It's not comprehensive, but it's a very good introduction to math history. It starts in 440 BCE (Hippocrates) and ends in 1891 CE (Cantor).

Paperback version is only $12:

u/SometimesY · 2 pointsr/Physics

For a pretty good introduction to a lot of different mathematics, try this book. Journey Through Genius is one of my favorite books. I learned a lot in high school about proof and the history of mathematics and mathematicians. It does a wonderful job of introducing the counter-intuitive concept of countability and sets of infinite numbers.

u/Phitron · 2 pointsr/math

I think looking at the history of math is a great starting point. Where did all the ideas come from? How were they formed? Who were these people that came up with them? What inspired them?

A good read (I thought) on this subject was Journey through Genius:

u/neimie · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Link to the book this is from for anyone interested.

u/matthank · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I am reading a book right now about ER stories, in real life.

Some are funny, some are gruesome, some are extremely poignant.


Also: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

u/dschaefer · 2 pointsr/sex

Here it was from this book, which is supposedly a work of non-fiction.

u/VyrCossont · 2 pointsr/TransyTalk

HCF is great. If you want to read the book that inspired large chunks of it, Soul of a New Machine is really good.

u/gmarceau · 2 pointsr/compsci

Like you I work at a tech startup. When we were just starting, our business/strategy people asked the question you just asked. They opened a dialog with development team, and found good answers. I attribute our success in large part to that dialog being eager and open-minded, just as you are being right now. So, it's good tidings that you are asking.

For us, the answer came from conversation, but it also came from reading the following books together:

  • The Soul of a new Machine. Pulitzer Prize Winner, 1981. It will teach you the texture of our work and of our love for it, as well as good role models for how to interact with devs.

  • Coders at Work, reflection on the craft of programming Will give you perspective on the depth of our discipline, so you may know to respect our perspective when we tell you what the technology can or cannot do -- even when it is counter-intuitive, as ModernRonin described.

  • Lean Startup It will teach you the means to deal with the difficult task of providing hyper-detailed requirements when the nature of building new software is always that it's new and we don't really know yet what we're building.

  • Agile Samurai Will teach you agile, which ModernRonin also mentioned.

  • Watch this talk by one of the inventor/popularizer of agile, Ken Schwaber Pay particular attention to the issue of code quality over time. You will soon be surrounded by devs who will be responsible for making highly intricate judgement calls balancing the value of releasing a new feature a tad earlier, versus the potentially crippling long-term impact of bad code. Heed Ken Schwaber's warning: your role as a manager is to be an ally in protecting the long-term viability of the code's quality. If you fail -- usually by imposing arbitrary deadlines that can only be met by sacrificing quality -- your company will die.

u/fatangaboo · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

The Soul of a New Machine amazon link

u/GonzoNation · 2 pointsr/politics

> Perhaps my education was too narrow.

No education is ever too narrow. Like the "Hall of the Mountain King" in the Adventure game, paths lead off in all directions. But a snake blocks our path.

> At the time I felt almost like an elite getting to skip some electives I considered non-sense.

In Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

He "complains" about having to read Goethe's Faust. But I think it's more of a joke because Faust does focus on the limits of scientific knowledge - how we never really know enough to control our own destiny.

u/oursland · 2 pointsr/worldnews

There's way, way more than one book. These people are studying a religious philosophy and resolving logical problems that arise between the religion and the real world.

Dr. Richard Feynman was once asked to meet with a group of Orthodox Jews in New York. They wanted to know if pushing the button on the elevator was creating fire, because if it wasn't they could fire the boy they had push the button for them on the Sabbath. He figured it was an opportunity to educate them.

Unfortunately, for every scientific fact they had a very detailed religious argument that was considered well in advance. He concluded that you couldn't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.

The tale is in the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! in the chapter "Is Electricity Fire?".

u/ImperialAle · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Autobiography of a member of the Manhattan Project, Nobel Prize winner, Professor at Caltech, bongo drum player, LSD user, painter. Just a bunch of fun eclectic stories.

u/SkittlesNTwix · 2 pointsr/bigbangtheory

If you're interested in learning more, I would recommend the book, "Surely, You're Joking, Mr. Feynman?". Link

u/-Tom- · 2 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

So, I have some audiobook recommendations for you. In your learning you may have come across a theoretical physicist named Michio Kaku he is an incredibly intelligent person who has an excellent way of phrasing things to keep them understandable as well as an entertaining overall style. He has lots of great video clips on YouTube

I have two of his audiobooks (you could get the regular books instead if you want I suppose) and they are absolutely fantastic to listen to on a long drive (I have a 9 hour drive each way a few times a year to make) or even just chilling in the bathtub for a bit. Any way Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future are amazing.

Another person worth getting into if quantum mechanics tickles your fancy is Richard P. Feynman....that there is an entertaining man. Again you can find really old lecture videos he did on YouTube as well as I highly recommend his autobiography (which I again have on audio) is fantastic. Now, a disclaimer about that, there isnt much actual science talk in it but he explains, from his very interesting point of view, how he goes about learning and discovering the world. It may very well help you shape a new understanding of the world around you and grow a greater appreciation for material you are learning. The greatest thing that struck me in the book was when some fellow students of his asked a question about French curves, and he had a very simple and obvious answer but they hadnt put it together....he mused that it meant their knowledge was fragile and not well understood, that they merely could regurgitate a product but did not have a true grasp on what it is that they were doing....Ever since then I have been so frustrated (in a good way) while getting my ME degree because I WANT TO DEEPLY UNDERSTAND. I'm sick of just knowing on the surface and being able to go in and pass the test...I want to build an incredibly solid foundation of understanding.

Also, if you go on YouTube, check out TEDTalks as they are very informative and knowledgeable about many different things not just math and science.

Also, some channels I subscribe to on YouTube are Numberphile, MinutePhysics, Periodic Videos, Sixty Symbols, and VSauce ....oh and look on the sidebar of the VSauce page for other channel recommendations.

In all seriousness, welcome to the fold, its comforting in here.

u/i_lick_my_knuckles · 2 pointsr/IAmA

If you like sci-fi, try Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

If you like non-fiction, try Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynmann!

u/jnfr · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

We have the same taste in books! I loved Richard Feynman's memoir! Check it out:

u/FauxRomano · 2 pointsr/Physics

Incidentally for those for whom this has peaked an interest in this amazing man read his book 'Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman' (link goes to Amazon), among others.

u/steelypip · 2 pointsr/atheism

Richard Feynman tells a story in Surely You're Joking that he convinced all his friends that he could speak fluent Chinese by spouting Chinese-sounding gibberish. After doing this for a few weeks his friends got suspicious so they introduced him to a woman who really was Chinese and asked her to translate what he said. "Damn, I'm gonna be found out" he thought to himself, but bit the bullet and started spouting Chinese-ish nonsense to her. She looked a bit taken aback and said "sorry guys, I only speak Mandarin and he obviously speaks Cantonese".

u/constructdistraction · 2 pointsr/quotes
u/cczub_duo · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

> A series of anecdotes shouldn't by rights add up to an autobiography, but that's just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in his engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled "Judging Books by Their Covers"), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out "Is Electricity Fire?"), unafraid to offend (see "You Just Ask Them?"), Feynman informs by entertaining. It's possible to enjoy Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the smart-alecky author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realize that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems; and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigor and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith

u/springsprint · 2 pointsr/funny

Mathematicians say that it is trivial. According to Feynman, mathematicians can prove only trivial theorems, because every theorem that’s proved is trivial:

> “It’s trivial! It’s trivial!” the standing guy says, and he rapidly reels off a series of logical steps: “First you assume thus-and-so, then we have Kerchoff’s this-and-that; then there’s Waffenstoffer’s Theorem, and we substitute this and construct that. Now you put the vector which goes around here and then thus-and-so …” The guy on the couch is struggling to understand all this stuff, which goes on at high speed for about fifteen minutes!

> Finally the standing guy comes out the other end, and the guy on the couch says, “Yeah, yeah. It’s trivial.”

u/calladus · 2 pointsr/atheism

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" by Feynman et al...

This was my first exposure to the way that an atheistic scientist can look at the world and feel simple joy in merely learning how things work. It instilled in me a thirst to learn, and a desire to travel my own path.

u/Mixedbagofgoodies · 2 pointsr/math

>Are you tired as in bored and without motivation or as in exhausted?

Both, tired from the time it's taking and without motivation cause my investments simply haven't paid off this year. Never bored though. I have a book of Feynman's on my wishlist, I should probably get it. Have you read it per chance?

u/mifitso · 2 pointsr/videos
u/lobster_johnson · 2 pointsr/videos

If you like this stuff, check out his famous book: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.

u/toastspork · 2 pointsr/

I usually trim the URL down to its minimal form before creating the text link. I don't know enough about all the rest of the stuff that's encoded in the longer form of the URL. But I do know it will work fine in the shorter version.

u/ELI20s · 2 pointsr/QuotesPorn

Cheers man. I've just finished the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and I'll be going on to the one you've recommended next :)

u/ShavedRegressor · 2 pointsr/atheism

Richard Feynman. In his auto-biographical books like Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! he comes across as a lovable braggart and trickster. I read most of that book to my kids.

Not only are his stories interesting, but he had a gift for teaching. His science books are full of great explanations.

u/houseofsabers · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

The first link is broken - here y'all go if anyone is as lazy as I am :)

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

I'm also travelling soon, and I'm looking forward to reading this!

u/AndAnAlbatross · 2 pointsr/atheism

Just finished Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman. Very interesting read.

I could not wrap my head around the way he viewed women though. Very, very different than myself combined with a very different time and expectation.

u/Kgreene2343 · 2 pointsr/books

Do you have any strong interests? For example, I love math, and the book The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, which is a biography of Paul Erdos.

If you are interested in graphic novels, and they are allowed for the assignment, Logicomix is the quest of Bertrand Russell for an ultimate basis of mathematics, and how the journey of understanding can often lead towards obsession and madness.

If you're interested in physics, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is a great book that is arguably a biography.

So, what are you most interested in?

u/knightry · 2 pointsr/pics

It's a great book.

u/tatumc · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

If you have never read his book, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have ever read.

u/HarryEllis · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/WaitedTill2015ToJoin · 2 pointsr/movies

Read this

u/htop · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit
  1. I don't like the video ("In The Flower") linked in the video. I think that the natural rhythm of Feynman's speech is completely butchered in this one which made him sound a little bit robotic. Compare this to another slightly expanded version of the same talk which I believe is almost unedited.

  2. If you haven't read original autobiographic stories by the man himself, you absolutely should.
u/mikeash · 2 pointsr/DebateReligion

It's either in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, or in "What Do You Care What Other People Think?". Both are well worth reading.

u/queeftenderloin · 2 pointsr/canada
u/LuckyCatDragons · 2 pointsr/DrugsOver30

There are tons of articles in major publications now about psychedelics being used for therapy, many of them in the New York Times etc. Look some of those up.


Michael Pollan just wrote a new book about psychedelics, people in their 30s fucking love Michael Pollan, very famous food writer. He writes from the perspective of someone who had not really taken psychedelics, and wanted to know about history and neuroscience and immerse himself in it, to see if those transformative experiences were true. He was on a speaking tour for the book and I went to his talk. Hey, if he's coming through your town you should just take everyone to that!

decent interview about the book here:

this one is more of a talk/presentation, also very good


re: some of the other suggestions

I do not think psychedsubstance youtube vids are going to appeal to non-psychedelic users. That guy's target audience is people who are already interested in psychedelics and other substances, and he writes from a harm reduction perspective. He's also not exactly charming, kind of an abrasive know-it-all.


Doors of Perception is a fantastic book but it's a very old perspective and feels very old timey academic to modern readers. Or maybe kind of like a beat poet in search of the miraculous and transcendent. But OP, YOU should certainly read doors of perception.


u/LtFourVaginas · 2 pointsr/Destiny

Anyone interested in psychedelics and mushrooms should read "How to Change Your Mind" By Michael Pollan.

u/former_human · 2 pointsr/CPTSD

you may find this book interesting: How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan. i've just started reading it but it's nonfic about how psychedelics alter the mind.

u/milehigh73a · 2 pointsr/Psychonaut

> As you can imagine, this is not a topic we can just bring up with our current friends. So many of them don't use any kind of drugs at all.

Why not? We bring up tripping with our straight friends all the time. Maybe give them Michael Pollen on tripping. He is pretty mainstream and quite popular.

I would also suggest investigating your regional burning man community. They generally ahve facebook groups, and local events. They skew a bit older, and are pretty ok with tripping.

> But without other like-minded people there would be no reason to grow more as we could never consume them all ourselves, and I am not interested in selling them.

When I grew shrooms, it was really easy to give them away. I swear once someone found out I had them, I would get so many requests. Be aware that they do go bad, faster than LSD in my experience.

u/zedsared · 2 pointsr/offmychest

You should try psychedelics. In many test cases, subjects who use such substances (especially psilocybin mushrooms) in a clinical setting report greatly reduced fear of death. Please check out this book on the subject by the science writer Michael Pollan,

Here are some recent podcasts the author has appeared on to discuss the book. The discussion focused on the positive impact of medicinal psychedelic use amongst terminally ill patients:

From the Joe Rogan Experience:

From the Waking Up Podcast:

I really hope this helps. As humans we’re all united by the common struggle with our own mortality, and I wish you all the best in enjoying your life. Hang in there :)

u/gunslinger_006 · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

The miasma theory, and its defenders during the Cholera outbreak in London (the one that lead to the first studies in epidemiology and urban planning/sewers) is covered in great detail in an amazing book called The Ghost Map.

Definitely give it a read if you are into epidemiology:

u/MontyHallsGoat · 2 pointsr/UKhistory

The Ghost Map - excellent book on this subject

u/homegrownunknown · 2 pointsr/chemistry

I love science books. These are all on my bookshelf/around my apt. They aren't all chemistry, but they appeal to my science senses:

I got a coffee table book once as a gift. It's Theodore Gray's The Elements. It's beautiful, but like I said, more of a coffee table book. It's got a ton of very cool info about each atom though.

I tried The Immortal Life of Henrieta Lacks, which is all about the people and family behind HeLa cells. That was a big hit, but I didn't care for it.

I liked The Emperor of all Maladies which took a long time to read, but was super cool. It's essentially a biography of cancer. (Actually I think that's it's subtitle)

The Wizard of Quarks and Alice in Quantumland are both super cute allegories relating to partical physics and quantum physics respectively. I liked them both, though they felt low-level, tying them to high-level physics resulted in a fun read.

Unscientific America I bought on a whim and didn't really enjoy since it wasn't science enough.

The Ghost Map was a suuuper fun read about Cholera. I love reading about mass-epidemics and plague.

The Bell that Rings Light, In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, Schrödinger's Kittens, The Fabric of the Cosmos and Beyond the God Particle are all pleasure reading books that are really primers on Quantum.

I also tend to like anything by Mary Roach, which isn't necessarily chemistry or science, but is amusing and feels informative. I started with Stiff but she has a few others that I also enjoyed.

Have fun!

u/Vio_ · 2 pointsr/podcasts

Do it. You don't need a history background to do this, and you've got a great background that will give you a lot of unique insights that most people like me won't have. You can do the infrastructure, the engineering, and the rest that often gets glossed over in a lot of these kinds of more social science podcasts. There's a book called The Ghost Map that really gets into your vibe:

It's an epidemiological case study of an epidemic in London in the 1840s, and it goes into the background/urban planning of what was going on back then.

Btw, what are your favorite podcasts?

u/EtTuTortilla · 2 pointsr/NoSleepOOC

The best historical plague novel I can think of is actually about the cholera outbreak in England a few hundred years ago (c. 1830). It's called The Ghost Map, written by Stephen Johnson, and details the first outbreak fought and visualized with modern mathematical methods. Being a total stats nerd, it's one of my favorite nonfiction books and really makes you wonder how many other mysteries could be solved with the right combination of graphing and analysis.

Anyway, the two real life protagonists are perfect for a comedy/action movie; a priest with a giant beard who habitually drank water with whiskey in it and a wacky scientist who discovered one of the first anesthetics and who huffed said anesthetic for fun.

u/tpelly · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map -
The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

u/digplants · 2 pointsr/water

You have a cool list there. I enjoyed [The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World] (

u/Anen-o-me · 2 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

> That's the whole point of ethics, its normative

If it's normative, then people are choosing an ethical ideal. That means it's no longer an objective ethic, but a normative ethic, a voluntary ethic. If you want to say it empirically results in the most X for society if you build a society on this ethical norm, then I will certainly agree. Rand's 30 second explanation of objectivisim standing on one foot would be a good explanation of the values chosen by her.

If we look at the world political system, people generally have chosen as their highest political ideal either equality, security, or liberty--and this forms the three major schools of political thought in the US.

From that stems the political and economic conclusions of each camp.

How can you change someone's highest political ideal? Unless you can do this, you cannot change their mind.

> I cant force you to be ethical if you choose to violate someone else's right to life then you can certainly do that. All I can do is say that something is good or bad based on some standard, in this case the individual's life.

Yes, exactly.

We can then go further and apply values-free suitability analysis which was Von Mises's technique throughout his life. We can ask, will X policy get you to Y result, why or why not.

This, I think, is where valuable political discourse begins.

> The same problem can be found in the NAP, I as a murderer couldn't give two shits about your NAP but its the cornerstone of AnCap ethics, it doesn't mean that since I break the rule that the whole principle is useless.

Sure, but we don't say the NAP is an objective ethic that therefore veryone must be made to follow, that is, we are not statists, but Rand was a statist, Rand wanted to force a political system on an entire population drawn from her own political conclusions.

We say rather that the NAP is an ethical stance and we only want to associate with others willing to live and contract within its bounds.

> If a murderer truly valued his own life he wouldn't murder, how long until he comes upon someone who kills him in self defense, or throws him in jail? Valuing ones life is not immediate its life long and long ranging.
> Idk if you are familiar with calculus or not but its kind of like the derivative vs the integral, the derivative is instantaneous, the integral is the summation of the whole function. That's how I think about it, valuing ones life is looking at the whole not just an instant in time or the future moment.

Others are simply high time-preference, where they want things now, now, now, including perhaps the emotional jolt of killing someone for whatever reason.

We assume the murderer cares about his life 10-20 years from now, or even tomorrow, thus the prospect of life in prison should curb actions that will get you jailed for life. But many sociopaths have a physical inability to care about future consequences.

There's a famous test where they literally put sociopaths in a chair, record their vitals, and hooked up their hand to a shocking wire. Then they told them what would happen, counted down to 10 and gave them a decent shock, something really painful.

They would invariably express pain, like any normal person. But here's where it gets interesting.

In a normal person, as the second count-down proceeded to ten and the shock approached, a normal person would begin to cringe because they knew the pain was coming. But sociopaths did not have this response. Their response was the same as the first time they had not been shocked, they calmly waited without their vitals changing, no heart-beat elevation, no nervous response, no muscular cringe, etc. Even though they knew the pain was coming now, they were unable to fear what was about to come again.

This suggests that a sociopath does not learn from punishment, and thus has no fear of future sanctions against their behavior now.

This is recorded in a book called "The Psycopath Test".

One chilling story he gives is of a psychopath who had been violent, I think killed someone, then was let out on a pass into the yard years later and immediately killed someone, and when asked why he simply said he wanted to see what killing someone felt like again :\ something like that.

Anyway, I'm off topic here so I'll quit.

u/meglet · 2 pointsr/quityourbullshit

That sounds a lot like the guy Jon Ronson interviews in his book The Psychopath Test but he used a pseudonym. Was it in the UK?

u/Hart_Attack · 2 pointsr/TagProIRL

Check out Jon Ronson! I've only read two of his books, The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea, but they were both really good.

Here are a couple daily show interviews about the books if you want to get a feel for them. They're super entertaining. He's also had a couple segments on This American Life about similar subject matter.

On a different note, Salt is also way more interesting than it has any right to be.

There are others but oh god I really need to be studying for my exams.

u/4x4prints · 2 pointsr/serialpodcast

While I agree with this, they are very seldom sucessfull at maintaining relationships. Check out The Psychopath Test. They "collect" people around them in order to use them for some purpose. Eventually someone figures out they are being used and they reject the Psychopath. Adnan really comes off as just a genuinely nice guy; otherwise he would probably instinctively try to use Sarah as a way to get a new appeal, but he does not give this impression at all.

u/JoshuaZ1 · 2 pointsr/politics

I'm not sure that this is a very productive or useful response, and you seem to be being unnecessarily emotional about this. It is particularly unhelpful to tell people "do your real homework" rather than providing sources.

> Remember that banking reforn bill she campaign on then killed once she got elected?

I'm actually not sure what you are talking about here. It sounds to me like you are talking about a garbled version of the bankruptcy reform which she opposed in 1999 and then favored once she was in the Senate. See e.g. here. In this case, this isn't particularly surprising, nor should it be: New York has many credit card companies and related businesses and she was a Senator from there. Representing constituent interests is a natural thing.

> Remember how after the collapse she told the bankers and walk street guys to "cut it out" while granting them immunity from any crime?

This is a gross oversimplification of a complicated legal situation.

> Remember the times as SoS she helped overthrow whole governments because they were creating a gold backed currency in Africa?

This is again garbled and confused. It is true that the Clinton emails revealed that a specific country, France was concerned about the impact a gold-backed currency would have on the franc. The primary mention of this is in one of the Blumenthal emails, detailing this as one of a variety of French motivations for supporting the intervention. So no, she didn't help overthrow any government because of this.

> She's a lefty on social programs ONLY.

Uhuh. That's why for example she has an 82% from the League of Conservation Voters, which is higher than most Democrats.

The only way I can parse your sentence mean that she's a "warhawk" on foreign policy and that under your terminology every other issue is "social." I'm not completely sure what warhawk means, but it seems that much of the left uses it to mean anyone who ever favored any military intervention that the speaker personally did not. In which case, sure she's a warhawk. But it may be helpful to ask if when labeling her as such, you are actually saying anything at all useful about reality. For example, most people when using the term "warhawk" mean people like Lindsey Graham and John "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" McCain, or for that matter, Donald Trump. When you use large categories like "warhawk" and lump a very diverse group together you end up losing any trace of nuance.

> sociopath

This sounds more like a boo light, the negative version of an applause light rather than a substantive statement. I recommend reading Ronson's "The Psychopath Test" about sociopathy and psychopathy

> Will say anything to get elected, once elected, will not give one shit about the platform they ran on.

Again, you haven't responded to the fact that empirically her voting record is left of most senators and nearly identical to Bernie's. I pointed you to this Five Thirty Eight analysis which you never responded to. If you'd like to respond to the actual data about the details of her record it might be helpful. But it makes it very difficult to make any claim that that's all she cares about.

Look, I'm not a fan of Hillary far from it. And she's clearly made selfish decisions and has a lot of ambition. But you are apparently confusing that and thinking that she's somehow the worst thing ever which just isn't accurate or born out by her actual statements or senate record. Nuance is important, and it is normally the American right which has trouble understanding nuance and degrees of difference. Don't be that way.

u/storytimeagain · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Sounds like The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. A man who claims that he faked being crazy is sent to an asylum and says he can't get out because everything you would do to convince them he was not crazy simply makes him sound crazier.

u/Terra_Nullus · 2 pointsr/fullmoviesonyoutube

You are talking about psychopaths - and yes, its an excellent book, based on many studies, the book deals with CEO's specifically.

However, my pedantry aside, you make a fine point - it is indeed not about journalism at all, rather it is about his mental problems.

Pretty concerning that people are missing the entire thread of the movie and considering it a comment on cut throat journalism and not the portrait of a psychotic.

u/chris769 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

u/cs2818 · 2 pointsr/psychology

His book The Psychopath Test was an interesting read. I've tried applying the Hare Psychopath Checklist in everyday life, the results are a bit scary!

u/accostedbyhippies · 2 pointsr/television

No, that's not how psychopathy works. Not every murderer is a psychopath, hell, most psychopaths aren't even murderers.

Psychopathy is very specific disorder with histories and observable traits. Here's a good book on the subject if you're interested or at least checkout the wikipedia page.

Walt isn't a Psychopath at the beginning of the series, and he just suddenly didn't become one.

u/waitfornightfall · 2 pointsr/books

Off the top of my head:

The Psychopath Test is a wittily written personal study of detecting, treating and (possibly) rehabilitating psychopaths.

The Freakonomics books are written by both an economist and a journalist (so easy to read) and contain slightly left-of-centre economic theories with easy to follow research. These are excellent.

The Omnivores Dilemma is both engaging and though provoking. It's All about the production of food in the modern age. In particular, four different meals.

The Code Book is one of my all-time favourites. As the title suggests it's about all forms of cryptography. If you have a mathematical bent I also like Singh's book about Fermat's Enigma).

u/hipsterparalegal · 2 pointsr/books
u/frijolito · 2 pointsr/WTF

>Item 6. Lack of Remorse or Guilt: A lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one's victims.

Man, reading this I was reminded constantly of "The Psychopath Test". Seriously, read that book. You don't even have to buy it, your local library will have it handy. Download it if you must, I don't care. Everyone should read that book.

u/EncasedMeats · 2 pointsr/bestof

Probably not but Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test is funny as hell.

u/woodycanuck · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Not making fun, it's more common than people think. FYI, lots of CEO's are psychopaths.

u/comfyred · 2 pointsr/worldnews
u/anschauung · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

It might be really risky.

There's a famous story that's summarized in The Psychopath Test where a person faked mental illness:

> Tony said the day he arrived at the dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD) unit, he took one look at the place and realised he’d made a spectacularly bad decision. He asked to speak urgently to psychiatrists. “I’m not mentally ill,” he told them.

Unfortunately no one believed him. The psychiatrists eventually concluded that only a psychopath would fake being a psychopath, and the dude was stuck there for years.

Probably not worth the risk.

u/asnof · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I read a book on socio paths/psychopaths(The Psychopath test). So I can recognise the behaviour before its too late. They are the best at faking emotions while not actually having any. I recommend it due to the fact it has enabled me to read people better.

u/Liebo · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson- Fascinating book about psychology and neuroscience about how psychopathic tendencies are pretty common among us humans. Very readable and entertaining.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson- Incredibly wide-ranging look at the developments of the universe and natural sciences from the big bang to today. It's an informative read but also contains Bryson's usual wit. Not my favorite book by Bryson but you will likely learn a lot and it's a worthwhile read.

u/SpecialKOriginal · 2 pointsr/OkCupid

Any books you'd recommend?

If you're taking suggestions I'd look at this one

u/MindBodyDisconnect · 2 pointsr/StopGaming

Yes that one sorry I did not clarify further.

I've found similarities between successful and those still trying about them using a system rather than goals. My friend decided to be good at sales and uses that system to teach others in his brokerage and has made millions. Look at the franchise model vs opening 1 really good restaurant. Usually the prior will succeed (obviously with proper processes aka systems in place)

u/SameerPaul · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

The thing you have to realize is, even if you fail at something, which everyone does, they provide invaluable learning opportunities. Your life will go on, even if it might not be the ideal field of study, and you will have gained something in the process. If you want this idea fleshed out some more, I highly recommend Scott Adams (the Dilbert guy) book on this very subject, it will definitely change you view on this matter.

u/hjras · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

This book by Scott Adams (Dilbert Cartoonist) had a lot of these revelations and is surprisingly broad. For most people I think what stands out is to think of yourself as a moist programmable robot that can change even what you think you want through relatively simple actions

u/WhatDoesTaiLopezDO · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

One of my favorite books makes great arguments for a lot of your points. He loves the idea of systems (over goals) but also dabbles in a lot of different things. I highly recommend reading it.

u/sangnasty · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

How to Fail at Everything and still Win Big

Love this book. Really helped me gain some perspective and approach challenges in a different way.

u/apmihal · 2 pointsr/IAmA

In the mean time you can read the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks He talks about a lot of very interesting case studies and several of them have to do with people who have a severed corpus callosum.

Also on his wikipedia page there is a picture of him wearing a shirt that says "WELCOME SQUID OVERLORDS" so you know he's good.

u/Ish71189 · 2 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

Two things, (1) I'm going to recommend mostly books and not textbooks, since you're going to read plenty of those in the future. And (2) I'm going to only focus on the area of cognitive psychology & neuroscience. With that being said:


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales By Oliver Sacks

Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives By Dean Buonomano

Kludge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Mind By Gary Marcus

The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament By Robert M. Sapolsky

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers By Daniel L. Schacter

Intermediate: (I'm going to throw this in here, because reading the beginner texts will not allow you to really follow the advanced texts.)

Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind By Michael S. Gazzaniga, Richard B. Ivry & George R. Mangun


The Prefrontal Cortex By Joaquin Fuster

The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness By J. Allan Hobson

The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning By Keith J. Holyoak & Robert G. Morrison

u/usernametaken8 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Everything you will ever experience happens in your brain. Books by Oliver Sacks and V.S. Ramachandran are entertaining without being totally overrun by misrepresentations of science.

u/ArtifexScientia · 2 pointsr/investing

My first read into investing was One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch. He did brilliantly with Fidelity's Magellan Fund and managed 29% annual return when he was the manager so I figured it'd be a good read. It's not too out there with technicalities and such so I think it's a great place to start.

u/NITEM4N · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Along with The Intelligent Investor I would like to recommend One Up On Wall Street as another one I would recommend.

u/Jacked2TheTits · 2 pointsr/investing

I havent read "Candlestick Charting Explained", but as far as candlestick charting goes... Steve Nison's "Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques" is considered the bible. Candlesticks is really a discussion on price action... I think candlesticks can get you into a lot of trouble.

I think that Edwards and Magee "Technical Analysis of Stock trends" is looked upon more more favorably than Murphy for an overview of TA and methods. Though, IMO they both leave a lot to be desired. Really the best way to learn technical analysis is to find someone who uses these methods to execute trades and can explain the reasoning and risk-reward metrics behind their trades. If this interests you, I recommend Peter Brandt He has a track record and has even written a book.

If i were to recommend a couple books

For true beginners in investing and don't want to spend time doing the "work": I recommend "4 pillars of investing" it discusses asset allocation and investing in a broad sense 4 Pillars

For beginners that want an intro to stocks: Greenblatt's "Little Book that beats the market" is the best book that I know of for an intro to stock investing. And it can be read in one sitting. Little Book

If you want to be a more active trader/investor in the market then I recommend:
Oneil's [How to make money in stocks] (
Minervini's [Trade like a stock market wizard]
Lynch's [One Up On Wall Street]
Cramer's [Real Money]
Town's [Rule 1] (

These picks are all different styles and have something different to offer. A lot of the advice you are going to get is going to be bent towards value investing, diversification, and asset allocation... This is good advice, and will make you a smarter investor but not a richer one.

If you are interested in day trading or swing trading then you will probably need to find some personalized training and I wish you the best because there is a ton of crap out there... I dont think that many people are willing to put in the time and effort to be sucessful at this and so I don't recommend it.

u/futrawo · 2 pointsr/math

You're very welcome - if you haven't had enough Erdos then I strongly recommend The Man Who Loved Only Numbers. It was actually thinking about this book (which I read a few years ago now) that prompted me to search for and watch this documentary yesterday.

u/RationalUser · 2 pointsr/books

History of science books are 80% of what I read, and Bryson's book was great, but many of the books that I'm seeing here are oddly not close to Bryson's in terms of style or content.

Just off the top of my head, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers would probably be an excellent read. It has been awhile, but I remember Lost Discoveries was along a similar vein with a similarly light writing style. How I Killed Pluto is pretty fun as well, although it veers off into personal stuff as well.

u/banrafflemoth · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

For anyone who has not read his biography, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers it is an interesting book, even if you aren't into mathematics.

u/reuclid · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Amphetamine. Not methamphetamine.

Source: The Man who loved only numbers

u/DonDriver · 2 pointsr/math

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers is a beautiful telling of Paul Erdos' life.

Someone else mentioned The Man Who Knew Infinity which I also love.

u/NullXorVoid · 2 pointsr/math

The Man Who Loved Numbers, biography of Paul Erdos, one of the most prolific and bizarre mathematicians of the 20th century. It is pretty light on the actual math but is a very entertaining read regardless. Also he was from Poland, and the book has quite a few stories about being a Mathematician in Eastern Europe.

u/mrbarky · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I don't know if this would work, but how about Longitude by Dava Sobel? It's about the development of a clock that could be carried on ships for navigation.

I know, it sounds dull, but it's actually a good story. And if you do find it boring it's really short (like 200 pages or so).

u/99trumpets · 2 pointsr/askscience

There's a fantastic little book about this ("Longitude"). A quick read and a great story - highly recommended for anybody into the history of science & the age of exploration.

I notice you can pick it up used from Amazon for forty-eight cents. Worth it.

u/Cutlasss · 2 pointsr/AskHistory

Naval science back in the day was about cartography, charting the stars, the tides, and figuring out how to keep track of time and distance. There's a short book called Longitude that you may want to take a read of. As to the building of ships, that was more the apprenticeships of master craftsmen then a scientific approach. What we think of as a science and engineering approach to shipbuilding is more of a 20th century thing. You may see the start of trained engineers getting into it in the 19th century with the rise of the iron ship and steam power. But even at the start of the 20th century there were ships built which were failures, just because no one had really thought through what they were trying to do.

u/peppermind · 2 pointsr/books

Dava Sobel writes about science in history, and she's fantastic. Longitude, in particular was great!

I also really like Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary

u/adrienc · 2 pointsr/sailing

More on the longitude problem in Longitude, a great book by Dava Sobel.

u/a_reluctant_texan · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I'm going to suggest a non-fiction book based on his sailing and piloting background. Longitude by Dava Sobel.

For some fiction , try James Michener. Lots of historical research went into his books. Maybe start with Alaska

u/andybmcc · 2 pointsr/politics

Didn't we already know this from the interviews with Trump and Ivanka as well as the book that he wrote about the recession?

Ivanka being interviewed about Trump in debt:


>Six years ago real estate developer Trump (Trump: The Art of the Deal, LJ 2/15/88) was several billion dollars in debt, owing in part, he says, to his complacency and the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Now, thanks to some skillful negotiating, hard work, and luck, he says he is back. Trump's goal for this third book is to provide "inspiration" for almost anyone, and some of his top-ten comeback tips are to play golf, stay focused, be paranoid, get even, and always have a prenuptial agreement. He even includes investment and marital advice he has offered to friends and acquaintances, e.g., "If he doesn't lose the ballbreaker, his career will go nowhere." Trump comes across as smug, crude, and self-impressed, but one remains fascinated with his business acumen. He dislikes shaking hands because it spreads germs and even informs readers to "simply bow" if they ever meet him. Recommended for curiosity seekers.?Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

This isn't news.

u/hot_boy_ronald · 2 pointsr/politics

That's not what I said at all. And what do article headlines have to do with this? My point stands. You don't have to read everything to have a general idea of what it's about. I don't know how he fucked up his finances, or what he did to get out of it. But I have a general idea of what the book he wrote about that shit says because lots of other people have described what it says. My original point was that this dude has not tried to hide or obscure the fact that he went bankrupt. He openly talks about it, and the book describes it. I don't quite understand what about my original statement you're trying to refute at this point. The original article by OP is not news and not a secret, so unless it shows something that we don't already know, I don't get why it's such a story.

Here are some sources to have a general idea of what the book is about.



Some random website I found on google:

u/accountnumber3 · 2 pointsr/raspberry_pi

I know it sounds like you're embellishing a bit, but these are all 100% possible depending on what else is on OP's network. All because of a 'tiny little website' and an open ssh port.

Check out The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll, it's a good read.

u/FeepingCreature · 2 pointsr/slatestarcodex

> I feel similarly about computer security, in broad terms. The scary thing isn't that "hackers" can do the cyber equivalent of teleporting into your neighbourhood and trying the lock on your front door; it's that we live in a culture where people habitually don't even metaphorically install locks (despite the fact that they're often absurdly effective and trivial in cost), and also the part where people habitually have no understanding of the value of their metaphorical household goods (often many times the value of the property itself).

The book The Cuckoo's Egg is, by the way, an excellent nonfictional account of an early computer security case that has strong echoes with many of the security issues we are facing today. (And is also a damn good read, highly recommended.)

u/perfecthashbrowns · 2 pointsr/hacking

You can try Cuckoo's Egg:

And if you like it, here's the movie about the book:

It's one of my favorite books of all time.

If you haven't read Mitnick's other work, he has the Art of Intrusion which is pretty nice.

Fatal System Error is also a nice read:

If you're into fiction, read this:

u/a_small_goat · 2 pointsr/csharp

You're not going to want to read things that make you wish you had a computer with you, trust me. You have no idea how many times I have tried to force myself to read stuff like that when traveling or on vacation. Never works. So here's some stuff geared more towards the philosophy of development and programming that will be fun to read and will probably make you want to slow down, relax, and think about the concepts.

u/hex_m_hell · 2 pointsr/itsaunixsystem

The Cuckoo's egg. I started learning unix by trying commands in this book. I haven't seen a lot of similar books since that owning a network series... aparently there was some trouble with the fact that some of them were a little too real. I also haven't really been looking though.

u/kWV0XhdO · 2 pointsr/networking

Are they into learning about this stuff? If not, no amount of training material will make a difference. This sort of thing is what got me hooked:

The Cuckoo's Egg


u/ossowicki · 2 pointsr/books
  1. The Cuckoo's Egg - Clifford Stoll
  2. 5/5
  3. Non-fiction, technology, espionage, hacking
  4. Clifford Stoll tells the story of how, in 1986, he tracked a spy who gained access to the computer network at LBNL. The book is probably the first of its kind and Stoll writes in a very engaging tone, not unlike his TED talk, about the initial discovery of an intruder and the chase, which led him through several american TLA-agencies, military bases and telcos all the way to Europe. The book presumes no knowledge of computing or computer security and reads almost like spy fiction coupled with Stoll's personal anecdotes from California in the 80s.
u/downvotesattractor · 2 pointsr/business

Oh you are in for such a treat!!

Let me take you down the rabbit hole and show you who Steve Jobs really is.



Apple has 90 days of money left. Out of desperation, Apple requests Steve Jobs to come back to Apple and help "make apple healthy" again.

He gave a status report at Macworld Expo, just days after he returned.



One year after Steve Jobs proposed a plan on how he will fix apple, he returns to Macworld to show the results of his toil.




After this, you have the famous presentations for the introduction of the ipod, iphone and ipad.

And if you are still not satisfied after watching all these videos, then I highly recommend this book

u/WeMetAtTheBloodBank · 2 pointsr/LadyBoners

Here is the book - took me long enough to find it!

u/alfreedom · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Title: Steve Jobs

Author: Walter Isaacson

Genre: Biography

Would love to get some biographies in here, and some motivation myself to read more of them. Walter Isaacson is also a fantastic biographer; I read his biography of Albert Einstein and it was incredible as he really has an eye for taking a person and using his or her life as a prism for society.

u/rawne · 2 pointsr/apple

I miss Steve!

I'm currently reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
a good biography.

u/krsjuan · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
Written by a member of the original Mac team

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The only official biography, very in depth on the later years, but glosses over a lot of the early years when he was in my opinion a giant prick.

What the dormouse said: How the sixties counterculture shaped the Internet

I don't have anything Atari specific to recommend but this book is excellent and covers a lot of the early people and companies that invented all of this

u/g8trboi · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Since we are giving unsolicited reading advice, for you I suggest:

Antony Sutton's Wall St. Triology

John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman

G. Edward Griffins The Creature from Jekyl Island

when you can discuss the cited historical facts with some authority, let me know- in the mean time, feel free to send me a sample of your reading list

u/Rad_Spencer · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Two sources of the outrage, the first is the emotional outrage people see when watching people in dirt poor areas slaving away to make a luxury good for someone in another country. That just solicits outrage from many people.

The second source is from people who see large companies use their resources to keep poor people perpetually poor for personal gain.

You are right the people have a choice to either work or not to work, but if not working means death for you and your family it is not really a choice. Many factory workers are not just working for themselves, but for their family as a whole.

I would suggest a couple of books that go into the issues you are asking about pretty thoroughly.

Nickel and Dimed:

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Also the first episode of 30 days

The 30 days episode shows how being poor can cause people to continuously be ground down to a point where even the smart and responsible ones find themselves unable to cope.

u/pikindaguy · 2 pointsr/WTF

Reading that book made me absolutely hate our position in the world. I'm sure the interview is great but definitely recommend the book as well.

u/trekkie80 · 2 pointsr/politics

You forgot the big daddy:

And the other big one:

When insiders do turn around and try to expose them they are vilified, shamed and crucified like Bradley Manning, Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Gwyneth Todd, etc

Daniel Ellsberg was hounded and shamed just like Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are being now.

u/unwashedmasses · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

You might pick up and read the book: Confessions of an Economic Hitman

u/DavidByron · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

For politics there's a lot of heavy heavy stuff which is good but if you want something light and more story orientated but still good try Confessions of an Economic Hitman It's about how America came to dominate and exploit the third world.

If you can handle something a little heavier I'd suggest the free on-line copy of A People's History of the United States. It's an upbeat history of ordinary people struggling for their rights against the rich - stuff you don't get told at school.

Many people will suggest George Orwell's 1984 which is also free on-line but I'd read only half way through if you want to keep it a bit lighter because the ending is pretty goddam nasty and all the buzz words that the book entered into the English language (apart from "Room 101") are in the first half of the book.

For a great book on pre-history try Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. Famous book with ideas you'll find very useful in conversations. It answers the question as to how come it was White Europeans going and beating up on everyone else instead of vice versa?

If you're not a conservative (and why would you be) you'll enjoy Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians. It's his research on why some people seem to act in irrational ways and it's free on-line again. Bonus: his writing style is very easy to read and it's short.

u/zotquix · 2 pointsr/minimalism

Send them a digital copy of The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Basically the book is about how many millionaires, while perhaps not minimalists per se, live very low key lives where you can't tell that they're rich. They live in middle class houses with middle class cars. The money is for security and the ability to do things should they want to. And they got the money by not being extravagant. The first rule of the book is 'Live below your means'.

All that said, I'd always err on the side of over-spending when it comes to one's kids. As others here have said, we don't know your situation so it difficult for us to judge.

u/NoLimitHuman · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I'm pretty sure the research comes from this book:

I own the 1996 version of the book. It stated, at the time, 80% of millionaires are first generation.

u/jean2501 · 2 pointsr/QuarkCoin

Ask richard p feynman to explain about 51% and about the O ring that brought down challenger in 1986..

Ask him if decentralization matters? Or if the people want their money doled out by computer bunkers in the artic? Lol...

u/boomerangotan · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I recently learned from Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! that a very easy way to figure out the square of any number near 50 is to:

  1. Subtract your number from 50, e.g. for 47, 50-47 = 3
  2. Multiply #1 by 100, e.g., 3 * 100 = 300
  3. Subtract #2 from 2500 (50²), e.g., 2500 - 300 = 2200
  4. Add #3 to #1 squared, e.g., 3² is 9, 2200 + 9 = 2209
u/HanlonsMachete · 2 pointsr/gaming

You should read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" He is absolutely hilarious. He is easily my favorite scientist after that book.

It's $3 on amazon right now

u/goldman_ct · 2 pointsr/collapse


  • Argentina defaulted on their external debt in 2001. Argentina restructured their debt and worked out a settlement with 93% of bondholders swapping out the old issued bonds with the new restructured bonds , basically giving them 25 cents on the dollar.

  • 7% of the bondholders held out and refused to participate with the settlement, most notably a few poweful US hedge funds (aka the so-called "vulture capitalists").

  • These "vultures" just aren't acting in good faith like the rest of bonholders. They could accept 35 cents per dollar and still get 300% of profit. But they want to get paid the total value knowing that it's impossible for Argentina to pay that much.

  • Many of these hedge funds bought Argentina's debt after it had already defaulted for pennies on the dollar, thinking at the very least they could sue Argentina and win a court settlement that would net a hefty rate of return.

  • Right decision? That joke of a "judge" basically said "fuck you" to the 92% of the bond holders that accepted the restructuration of the debt either in 2005 or 2010 because of a ridiculous claim made by a group that bought those defaulted bonds at a extremely low price with the intention of getting a extraordinary profit in the courts.

  • Entities who borrow then they can't afford to pay back simply don't pay back. Do you know WHY bonds have interest on them? Because the investor is accepting the RISK of NEVER BEING PAYED BACK!

  • You either make money or you lose money. Suing them for money they don't have is a way to try to escape the risk you were being payed to shoulder.

  • A vulture fund is an financial organization that especializes on buying securities in distressed environments, such as high-yield bonds in or near default, or equities that are in or near bankruptcy. The idea behind a vulture fund is to buy securities at low prices and to earn an extraordinarily high return, even if it forces the debtor to do things against its best interest

  • Rewarding this kind of speculation of the lowest level isn't only bad for Argentina (and the bond holders), it's bad for the entire financial system as a whole, it's the same kind of bullshit that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.

    A lot of finance people who are talking about this feel entitled and butthurt. The owners of those firms became billionaires using third world dictatorships, heaven forbid they don't get extraordinary earnings by destroying a economy of 40 million people.

    Billions of suffering, in their pockets.

    "Wealth is not a zero sum game" my ass.

    All while the poor workers that are actually going to work everyday suffer

    Those so called "self made men" zionist bankers make millions of innocent people suffer and threaten nations, preying on the week.

    Every single one of them. They should be hanged.

    They should all be fucking hanged, there need to be blood. When people have nothing to lose, they will just take their fucking heads off.
u/Berg426 · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Confessions of an Economic Hitman was a really great book

u/Stereoisomer · 2 pointsr/aznidentity

>>The Asian countries are largely undemocratic and uncosmopolitan and thus, I believe, more prone to divisiveness along racial boundaries.

No the source you gave me yourself says that China is less diverse than the US (3% vs 20%). Also you can't possibly think that China, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Burma are more democratic than any Western nation.

>Do you write speeches for the white house? This sounds like just total nonsense. and

Well that's just about one of the best compliments I've ever received haha. Also it's a well supported theory in international relations that nations with open trade are less likely to come into conflict.

>Racially charged crimes are a big problem in all these places with any sizable minority group.

Okay it was a bit hyperbolic of me top use"post-racial" but what i meant was that European countries largely don't come into conflict at all let alone on racial lines largely due to the moderating effect of the European Union

u/IntellectualWanderer · 2 pointsr/politics

So, while this book is controversial, I think it still worth the read, just with a grain of salt, because even if it's not true, it's still a nice reminder that the "truth" you're told isn't necessarily the real truth.

u/fulanomengano · 2 pointsr/argentina

Si, la rama que sobredimensiona la necesidad de infraestructura en los países para hacerles invertir en cosas que no necesitan y poder enchufarles créditos a altas tasas con la condición de que las obras las hagan con las empresas que ellos recomiendan. Fuente [Confessions of an Economic Hitman] (

u/saisumimen · 2 pointsr/videos

Read Confessions of an Economic Hitman

It talks about the stuff the US pulled in Iran (and in other countries).

He talks about "the process"; when a ruler like Mossadegh wants to nationalize a country's natural resource, the US will send in an "economic hitman" that will try to sweet-talk and bribe him into changing his mind. When that fails, they send in "the jackals", or CIA assassins who love to kill important people in plane crashes (they tried to kill Saddam Hussein, for example but failed because he was just so paranoid). If that fails, then they send in the military.

u/yitro · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Read Confessions of an Economic Hitman, then The Secret History of the American Empire. These killings didn't just happen in the Middle East but in Asia, the Pacific and South America. Greedy and self-motivated behavior by the Corporatocracy.

u/kathleen65 · 2 pointsr/politics

Great book on this is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Written by John Perkins an ex-CIA agent who was involved. We have a lot of blood on our hands around the world and it is all for corporations.

u/dpc59 · 2 pointsr/Quebec

politics as usual, vous devriez lire confessions of an economic hitman, ca parle de comment les corporations américaines forcent les pays à les laisser faire ce qu'elles veulent

u/ASCAdmin · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

>Countries willingly provide their resources and let American and European multinational corporate conglomerates pillage and rape their lands for pennies.

It is obvious that you are not objective, and it sounds like you are only half awake. US bombs everyone that says "no" to "pillage" and "rape" of their lands. US funds coups to support anyone that allows that.

Read a little, it's good for you.

Again, the point is none of them are killing globally like the Americans are killing non-Americans.

u/Mister_DK · 2 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Confessions of an Economic Hitman was probably my gateway drug (followed by Zinn) and is a fairly breezy read, though I know there are a lot of questions about the accuracy of it.

u/koushik2506 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

You might like this: If you haven't read already

u/Jaboaflame · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Confessions of an Economic Hitman. It's a fast, simple read about a guy who deliberately sabotages the economies of second and third world countries in order to establish US economic domination.

u/wafflesareforever · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

We've fomented a ton of violence around the world, deliberately started wars, and killed elected leaders of other countries. Other countries have done and continue to do the same sorts of things, but we're far from the gleaming beacon of justice and goodwill toward men that we imagine ourselves as.

Check out Confessions of an Economic Hitman if you're curious about the darker side of American foreign policy.

u/SomeRandomDude69 · 2 pointsr/Thailand

Yes, it's basically the plot behind the non-fiction book The Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Seems like it's not just the USA and western banks doing this now China is cashed-up. Predatory finance. It's a boring and dry topic, and happens in the shadows because people pay more attention to sports and Kardashian's tits.

u/a__b · 2 pointsr/ukraina

Just in case Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

u/k-dingo · 2 pointsr/news

John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

That said, I've heard the Kennedy / Federal Reserve / Executive order 11110 conspiracy. I'm unconvinced.



u/dunSHATmySelf · 2 pointsr/technology

> Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

for the lazy -

u/big_al11 · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

A very long time ago Andre Gunder Frank and Sue Brandford and Bernardo Kucinski showed that barely 8% of the total of IMF and World Bank loans "given" to a country actually ever reach said country. The majority is never given out at all, but stays in the West to service odious "debts" that these countries supposedly owe. The rest of the money is then given to corrupt elites who share it among themselves.

These "debts" have usually been built up by Western countries giving loans to dictators they put in power, overthrowing democratically-elected politicians who tried to stand up to these banks. These dictators usually keep that loan money in Swiss bank accounts and spend it lavishly in the West. When they are overthrown themselves, the people they were oppressing are saddled with huge bills at exhorbitant interest rates.

Finally, former "economic hit man' John Perkins details that these infrastructure projects like damns and the like usually only benefit a small percentage at the top of society, were uneconomical to begin with, and were used as a trap to get poor countries indebted to rich ones so they lost their sovereignty.

u/mike413 · 2 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

Economists are, in fact, devils. It's possible you are too constructive for membership in the brotherhood of economists (who may actually run the world).

Source: confessions of an economic hitman by john perkins.

u/Baeocystin · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

True, they are slightly different. I'm willing to bet both will eventually map to defects in the cortical homunculus, though.

IIRC, the patient you're referring to is discussed in The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. A fascinating book that I highly recommend to everyone interested in how the mind works.

u/somewherein72 · 2 pointsr/audiobooks

Not really sure what you're looking for, but check out some of Oliver Saks audiobooks. "The man who mistook his wife for a hat" was excellent for a non-fiction audiobook with a clinical approach that was easily digestible for a laymen.

u/CyborgShakespeare · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

If you liked Musicophila, I would definitely recommend some of Oliver Sacks' other books, such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, which is collection of case studies about people with unique neurological disorders. Understanding how the brain falls apart gives an entirely new perspective into what's going on when the brain is working.

I also love the book The Most Human Human by Brian Christian. It's a fascinating mix of tech and philosophy and psychology - one of my favorite non-fiction books.

Maybe look into some of Malcolm Gladwell's books too. They're pretty quick reads - entertaining and thought-provoking, very sociology/social psychology based.

u/7PercentSolution · 2 pointsr/slp

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor: A neuroscientist has a stroke and learns to walk, talk, eat, write, or recall her memories.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks: Interesting case studies of patients who suffered from extreme/rare neurological disorders.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon: Not necessarily speech-language pathology specific, but it includes chapters identity, self-perception, social perception of people with autism, Down syndrome, and Deaf culture. I read this book recently, and it's absolutely brilliant.

u/mythogen · 2 pointsr/science

If I were to stipulate that the sole impact of alcohol on a brain was the inhibit "higher thinking" and cause one to "rely on more basic instincts", which I am not convinced of, I would still have to question your concept of those "more basic instincts" being somehow more "core" than other behaviors. Why should disabling part of your brain imply that the part that is not disabled is more "true"? Almost any part of a brain can be less active than that same part is in a neurotypical person, which can lead to all sorts of different bizarre behaviors (The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, anyone?).

To assess a person's behavior under a particular intoxicant as "deep rooted" in comparison to their behavior under non-intoxicated or otherwise intoxicated situations, which is apparently "less real", is purely based on cultural bias.

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 2 pointsr/askscience

Well, if you can sink as much time into Wikipedia as I can, that's a good start. And don't skip the references and links at the bottom; that's 90% of the fun!

There are a lot of good, popular-audience books on these topics. I don't know any about BCI in particular, but check out The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (and other stuff by Oliver Sacks) and Phantoms in the Brain. Those are the ones we read in COGS 1 and they're great. Right now I'm reading Jonah Lehrer's Proust Was a Neuroscientist; How We Decide was also good. Also, don't shy away from academic literature. It's not really so hard to read if you're interested.

Are you or could you be in college? Check my advice here. If you at least live near a college, sit in on some classes. Write to a professor and see if there's lab work to do, maybe as a volunteer. That could get your foot in the door.

u/azirafale · 2 pointsr/psychology

You may find this book right up your alley then:

u/ididnoteatyourcat · 2 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

The psychological reasons why people believe this kind of stuff are pretty easy to explain. For example see my post in this thread about confirmation bias and the look-elsewhere effect. It also might be worth mentioning that human perception is a bit of a mess; experimenting with psychedelics can be helpful in getting a sense of this, or maybe reading some Oliver Sacks. Basically there is pretty good scientific evidence that you can't always trust what you think you see. Finally, you do have a good question in there that I think is worth taking seriously: "why not?" Besides philosophical issues with mind-body dualism, I'd respond "Because there is simply no scientific evidence for it whatsoever." If there were a separate world of ghosts that could interact with our world, they would presumably be detectable through any of many extremely sensitive scientific experiments.

u/zuluthrone · 2 pointsr/pics
u/forseti99 · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Given his interest in science and that he's got a reather short attention span I'd go for The man who mistook his wife for a hat. They are short stories about individuals whose brains are just not working right.

u/fiver_ · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Fancy word is Prosopagnosia. If you're interested, you'll like the collection of short medical tales by Oliver Sachs called The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (Amazon link).

u/hwilsonia · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Oliver Sacks' exploration of mental illness has an existential bent to it that I've always appreciated. His book, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" is fascinating and touches on how simple faculties of the mind make up our consciousness, our existence. One of his patients literally cannot distinguish his wife from his hat (the title story), and Sacks discusses how this inability shapes his patient's understanding of himself and the world.

Years later and I'm still geeking out about it.

u/Adderley · 2 pointsr/psychology

On Becoming a Person

  • Classic book about psychotherapy from a giant in the field and written for the layperson. Really, anything by Rogers is good.

    The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

  • you can probably argue that this collection of case studies is more neurology than psychology, but I think it overlaps and is a very interesting read.
u/freakscene · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I second the reading idea! Ask your history or science teachers for suggestions of accessible books. I'm going to list some that I found interesting or want to read, and add more as I think of them.

A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson. Title explains it all. It is very beginner friendly, and has some very entertaining stories. Bryson is very heavy on the history and it's rather long but you should definitely make every effort to finish it.

Lies my teacher told me

The greatest stories never told (This is a whole series, there are books on Presidents, science, and war as well).

There's a series by Edward Rutherfurd that tells history stories that are loosely based on fact. There are books on London and ancient England, Ireland, Russia, and one on New York

I read this book a while ago and loved it- Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk It's about a monk who was imprisoned for 30 years by the Chinese.

The Grapes of Wrath.

Les Misérables. I linked to the unabridged one on purpose. It's SO WORTH IT. One of my favorite books of all time, and there's a lot of French history in it. It's also the first book that made me bawl at the end.

You'll also want the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Federalist Papers.

I'm not sure what you have covered in history, but you'll definitely want to find stuff on all the major wars, slavery, the Bubonic Plague, the French Revolution, & ancient Greek and Roman history.

As for science, find these two if you have any interest in how the brain works (and they're pretty approachable).
Phantoms in the brain
The man who mistook his wife for a hat

Alex and Me The story of a scientist and the incredibly intelligent parrot she studied.

For a background in evolution, you could go with The ancestor's tale

A biography of Marie Curie

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston is a quick and easy read, and very heavy on the adventure. You'll also want to read his other book The Hot Zone about Ebola. Absolutely fascinating, I couldn't put this one down.

The Devil's Teeth About sharks and the scientists who study them. What's not to like?

u/noscoe · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Einstein's books about relativity written by Einstein for the non-expert
-Helps you understand not only his theories well, but piques your interest in science a lot, and improves your way to approach all problems. His essays (in particular The World As I See It, be careful of edited versions on the internet which cut out parts they don't like about God, are amazing as well.

Middlesex By Jeffrey Eugenides
-A novel, Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction (called the great american epic), will increase your understanding of those with LGBTQ considerations, but mostly an amazing book

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers By Robert Sapolsky
-Entertaining book, will increase your knowledge of a whole lot of things, and increase your interest in psychology and statistics. Also Freakanomics by Levitt/Dubner and Outliers/Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. All good to get your foot in the door to approach the complicated world we live in logically.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
--Autobiography of a nobel prize winning physicist, very funny. Will (again) demonstrate how a brilliant person approach the world. Very funny and easy read.

u/ohashi · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman one of my favorite books of all time.

u/WaterNoGetEnemy · 1 pointr/politics

I think we've reached the point where we've each laid out what we have to say and gotten whatever clarification we can from one another. Thanks for the discussion and maybe we'll talk again.

Probably the one outstanding issue is you asked for a source to explain how the Oil Embargo (that extended to 1974, I just learned) was a major influence on US policy in the Middle East. My belief was formed by two books, Planet of Slums and Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

They're great books, and I totally recommend them, but they don't make for great proof (if that's what you're asking for) in an internet discussion. Let me know if you read either, because I'd really like to hear what you think!

Thanks again.

u/magenta_placenta · 1 pointr/conspiracy
u/DiscordianAgent · 1 pointr/Jokes
u/caviidae · 1 pointr/todayilearned
u/Domhnal · 1 pointr/politics

Kinda funny you mention that. For a overall left leaning place, reddit sure has its share of multiple personalities.

I think we retain our status mostly by this and something along these lines. We really don't seem to be that awesome anymore except maybe to the infantile countries who like grandpa's war stories but aren't old enough to understand that he lives mostly alone because he molested a few children. Or the ones we pay to say we're awesome like Saudi Arabia.

u/JoeBriefcase · 1 pointr/books

Not directly related but eyeopening nonetheless... Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins

u/Expected_to_Pass · 1 pointr/EndlessWar

> An empire is where the occupying force absorbs the country it has invaded,

Such a definition ignores over a century of real-life experience with and writing and theorizing about neo-colonialism.

For Americans, neo-colonialism is best illustrated by the Philippines. We supposedly gave the Philippines "independence" after WWII.

The reality is that we installed and supported a puppet dictator in the Philippines, giving him a cut of money for the trouble of ruling the country. Meanwhile, despite "independence" the US controlled the Filipino economy directly and indirectly pulled the strings in the country.

The US was a relative late-comer to neo-colonialism. The British Empire and others were using neo-colonial tactics long before WWII.

FWIW, the book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man may be an enlightened read for you...

u/smokinbluebear · 1 pointr/TSBD

Confessions of an Economic Hitman is available for ONE CENT (used) on amazon... is The Secret History of the American Empire

u/neocontrash · 1 pointr/politics

>I think madamebo3's comment was in reference to what you said regarding the relationship between the U.S. and China, not towards what you said about the IMF and third world nations. Those are two very distinct arguments.

NO, they are exactly the same argument. If you are indebted to another nation as extensively as we will be soon, you are enslaved. The creditors can, and will force austerity measures on the debtors and even go so far as creating a revolution if the government does not comply. We (the US) and the IMF have done that many times, and if the US continues on the path it is on then it WILL be subject to those same actions.

If you think the end result has to be "if you don't pay, we'll go over to freely rape, pillage and burn." then you need to sit down and read Perkins book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" so you can learn how all that messy stuff has been sidestepped.

The video makes me fearful of what the idiots in Washington are doing - THEY are the ones who are selling us into slavery - and NOT fearful of the Chinese.

u/dajuice21122 · 1 pointr/politics

this sounds like something out of Confessions of an Economic Hitman

u/SerenasHairyBalls · 1 pointr/worldnews

No they won't. America is the boss. Anybody who tries to mess with American exports will get bounced out of office.

u/donh · 1 pointr/worldnews

who do you think you are kidding? The function of the World Bank
is to strip mine the world's poor countries of their resources, thru odious debt,
for their real clients: the West's largest banking, government
and industrial establishments, as they have managed to do now
throughout Africa and South America by making loans to assholes
who shaft their citizens on a regular basis.

Poor World Bank, so often disappointed in their corrupt third world
dictatorships. Thank god the World Bank solders on undeterred, looking
for that one corrupt third world dictator who won't impoverish and
enslave his subjects, sell off their physical birthrights, then take the money
and run off to Switzerland.

u/PheryPhunny · 1 pointr/UkrainianConflict

> I mostly mean that I can go in public and say vile shit about our president, I can kiss a person of the same gender. I can also, as Steven Segal did, show obvious support for Putin and Russia. I can say obscenities, I can produce independent movies about our own country's war crimes.

That's because to those in power, gay marriage matters not. The locals can fight over it while those in power stay in power. However, you're really exaggerating gay rights in the US. There's still many states where you can get fired for being gay. And queer bashings still happen. And, just a fun fact, a higher percent of black men are in prison right now in the U.S. then during South African apartheid.

>systematic oppression of free speech, manipulation of public opinion, intentional data distortion that happens every day in Russia. Why, as an academic, would I want to be a coerced empty voice?

The media system is run by a group of 5 or 6 oligarchic companies. It's not state run like in Russia, but it's still pretty bad, IMO. Yes, you can make your own shitty blog, no you won't change the public opinion with it.

>There is a reason Russia's population has been sinking like the Titanic and their male life expectancy is pitiable. That isn't the West's fault!

Never said it is.

>Bear in mind also that Russian exploitation of Belarus and Ukraine led starving citizens to cannibalism and killed millions (~1933).

If I can bring up atrocities that the U.S. did back then... There's just so many. I'm going to ignore that and lead to the assumption that both governments have changed, and the cold war made both do some shady shit.

>They killed many more within their own borders. Again, can America be blamed for the parts they have inflicted on themselves?

Again, past. However, how many Natives has the U.S. killed? And put into reservations and then taken their resources after finding them in the tribal lands? This is all recent stuff.

>If Russia has tried to do what the US did during the Iraq War with misleading information, they have achieved only a piecemeal farce.

Maybe outside of Russia, yes. But inside? They are doing fine.

>The achilles heal of their previously-growing economy is exposed to the world.

Gas? It was not exposed, it was well known. And They are getting more and more connected to China.

>Also, don't forget how many of the internationally rich are indeed Russians themselves.

There's a few. However, the majority of them are bankers, politicians, and businessmen. And almost all are from the U.S. and Western Europe.

Want actual examples of what the U.S. does?

Or go look up the Banana wars, Pinochet, Depleted Uranium in Iraq, the deals that the IMF and World Bank give nations that give it money in exchange for austerity measures that take away money from the people in governments. It doesn't matter to they whether or not gays can get married.

I'm not exactly pro-Russia. I'm Anti-U.S. And there is a long history of the U.S. forcing revolutions in regions it deems unfriendly, which is where Maiden started. And before you say I'm wrong, seriously, look up Pinochet. Look up the Bay of Pigs. Or here, just look through this list.

u/StylesB21 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

The story of Pinoche and Chile is just one of many very important examples in history where the elites have run this EXACT same operation. Howard Zinn is a great historian at divulging many of these stories. They even made one into a graphic novel.

Also excellent first-hand account of this tactic is John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman

These 2 alone will get you pointed in the right direction for learning the true history of US/western elites/corporatocracy impirialism. You will also see the correlation between these and what they are trying to pull here and now in the US.

u/thelastknowngod · 1 pointr/videos

> It's the same thing the World Bank does..give poor countries too big a loan on purpose so Western companies can take over key resources when they default after failing to pay after a few years

Valid concern. Confessions of an Economic Hitman is a good read if you haven't checked it out yet.

u/Tb1969 · 1 pointr/energy
u/winstonsmithwatson · 1 pointr/uncensorednews

>The first link you posted is merely a PDF document from the CIA reporting on Syria.

Ha, I thought this was sarcasm, then you went on and made the most retarded argument about how official documents arent evidence because of their size (this document in particular is 28 pages). Good luck using that one in court.

What the fuck do you think intelligence agencies do? The Art of War is from 5th century BC. People have been mastering this craft for over a thousand years. Theres institutes dedicated only to writing up new ideas, from overthrowing governments to you-fucking-name-it, using memetics for population control

If a bank has been robbed, and in my bookcase, you find the plans to rob that bank in particular, no mather how old those plans are, or how thick the plan is, it is reason for suspicion to say the least. In the case of EU/USA deliberatly creating ISIS, not just this document but papertrails, pictures, emails have been released. You're just waiting for the unbiased truthspeakers CNN to cover it.

About books, here's one, go ahead and read up what the founding fathers wrote on criminal governments and militia. Or read this book about the CIA using 'Economic Hitmen'.

Or see what information has come up thanks to the Freedom of Information act..

u/TurnsOutImAScientist · 1 pointr/TrueReddit
u/andrewfree · 1 pointr/technology

"I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply." - Nathan Rothschild

The people breaking the banking/money laws are also associated with those making the laws, thus they never get in trouble. Look who is in jail for the 2008 financial crash. This kind of economic warfare is arguable more destructive. Haven't read this book myself but it gets mentioned a lot when talking about "economic warfare"

u/Grandest_Inquisitor · 1 pointr/conspiracy

The book is "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins.

It's a very good book.

And relevant to the post yesterday about Obama's work in the 1980s for Business International Corporation as the consulting BIC did (at least officially) may be somewhat similar to the consulting Perkins did.

u/Loud_Volume · 1 pointr/worldnews

You do realize the CIA does/has done this with great success many times in history...

u/xXxBluElysiumxXx · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Not exactly what you're looking for, but I'd like to recommend Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Here is a short (2 min) cartoon video that covers the main theme of the book: The Economic Hitmen

I'd also recommend The Forever War.

u/CaptainKyloStark · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

For everyone that 'agrees' with the sentiment of this meme, I highly recommend the book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman". It is an amazing book, and truly eye opening.

> Review
> John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.
> Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
> From Publishers Weekly
> Perkins spent the 1970s working as an economic planner for an international consulting firm, a job that took him to exotic locales like Indonesia and Panama, helping wealthy corporations exploit developing nations as, he claims, a not entirely unwitting front for the National Security Agency. He says he was trained early in his career by a glamorous older woman as one of many "economic hit men" advancing the cause of corporate hegemony. He also says he has wanted to tell his story for the last two decades, but his shadowy masters have either bought him off or threatened him until now. The story as presented is implausible to say the least, offering so few details that Perkins often seems paranoid, and the simplistic political analysis doesn’t enhance his credibility. Despite the claim that his work left him wracked with guilt, the artless prose is emotionally flat and generally comes across as a personal crisis of conscience blown up to monstrous proportions, casting Perkins as a victim not only of his own neuroses over class and money but of dark forces beyond his control. His claim to have assisted the House of Saud in strengthening its ties to American power brokers may be timely enough to attract some attention, but the yarn he spins is ultimately unconvincing, except perhaps to conspiracy buffs.

u/CypressXM · 1 pointr/WhereIsAssange

I'm not aware of the exact details of this case, but this book is recommended reading for anyone interested in this type of Geo-Politics.

u/goddamnbatman617 · 1 pointr/business
u/juliebeen · 1 pointr/books

Confessions of an Economic Hit man.

u/genericusername12768 · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Welcome! Here are some resources I recommend:


  • "Propaganda" by Edward Bernays; Wikipedia & Amazon - Classic book explaining the fundamentals of propaganda. Was later used by Nazis for inspiration
  • "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media" by Noam Chomsky; Wikipedia & Amazon - examples of how mass media lie and deceive
  • "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins; Wikipedia & Amazon
  • "War Is a Racket" by US Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler; Wikipedia


  • "Inside Job" by Charles H. Ferguson; Wikipedia & Internet Archive - Fine documentary about 2008 economic trouble and how greed shaped it even at the highest levels
  • "9/11: Decade of Deception" by Ryan Dawson; Youtube - Scientifically based 9/11 documentary
  • "Dark Secrets : Inside Bohemian Grove Full Length" by Alex Jones; YouTube - A young AJ goes into the Bohemian Club
  • "The Order of Death" by Alex Jones; YouTube - Followup to previous Bohemian Club film

    Short videos

  • "American War Machine" by Joe Rogan; YouTube
  • "Bush admits that Iraq Had Nothing To Do With 9/11"; YouTube
  • "Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran"; YouTube
  • "Rahm Emanuel: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste"; YouTube
  • "How Ron Paul Was Cheated Out Of Presidency"; YouTube


  • /r/moosearchive - extremely useful subreddit with many links concerning conspiracy-related topics


  • "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment" by John P Holdren; Infowars article - Obama science czar wrote a book advocating depopulation methods including adding sterilants to drinking water and 'Planetary Regime' that controls optimum world population/resources

u/MrXfromPlanetX · 1 pointr/politics

Can we trust Eric Holder? Why did Obama appoint this guy as Attorney General?

“Most notorious was his role defending the food giant Chiquita Brands International, Inc., whose multimillionaire executives were facing potential charges of aiding terrorism because of their financing and arming of right-wing death squads in Colombia. Using his Justice Department connections—and taking advantage of the Bush administration's sympathy for the Colombian fascists

—Holder managed to get Chiquita off the hook with a small fine, despite overwhelming evidence that it had hired gunmen to kidnap, torture and murder Colombian workers, peasants and union officials.”

According to John Perkins “Economic Hit Man” the Bush family owns a stake in Chiquita

This company used to be United Fruit who was responsible for the 1954 coup in Guatemala. The coup over threw Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Arbenz nationalized the land in the country taking it away from United Fruit to giving it back to the poor. (1987 Bill Moyers PBS Documentary)

Jesse Ventura: “Politics is like pro wrestling.” On the camera they pretend to hate each other, but when they're off the camera they're all best friends and go out to dinner together

u/LIGHTNlNG · 1 pointr/worldnews

Perhaps everyone should take a look at this book and then you won't be so surprised by these disclosures.

u/Slangin_paint · 1 pointr/The_Donald

Sounds like a good read. Thanks!

EDIT: Another GREAT read on how the CIA really operates as the muscle for the NWO everybody should ready Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

u/shelly_gordon · 1 pointr/politics

Actually we probably agree on most things (except the rioting, my heroes have always been pacifists Frederick Douglas, Susan Anthony, Thoreau, Gandhi and King). I have ordered the Marjorie Kelly book you recommended. You might be interested in this podcast or this book. I was suggesting we write to our representatives as a small step but most people I know are too lazy or brainwashed to even attempt any action. Good luck with the unionizing - here's some inspiration

u/chefranden · 1 pointr/

I fail to see where I suggested that socialism is "the answer". There is no "the answer". Any and all attempts to find and then impose "the answer" are doomed to produce more misery than they may alleviate.

>There is no possible way to have socialism and still continue your lifestyle, which is growing at a constant and steady rate.

I hope that you didn't get this piece of propaganda
from that nice history class. You might like to check out the standard of living in countries like Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark before you pronounce such a remarkable faith in American brand Capitalism.

My reply above was intended to help you find out that there never has been this "golden American Age" that you lamented above. I'm impressed that your teacher was able to use Zinn even in part. Nevertheless I suggest that you read the whole of it.

u/ideaman21 · 1 pointr/WikiLeaks

This isn't by chance and it's not just the CF. Sadly this is the way the rich have stolen everything from the poor countries and even bankrupted them while helping them.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

u/ImpeachObomber · 1 pointr/politics

Sorry, you don't understand how all those are connected together? Ok, I will be more than glad to inform you.

First, imperialism and its relationship to our recent foreign policy disasters:

Imperialism and its relation to Islamic terrorism:

The economics of imperialism. What drives it, and its relation to neoliberalism:

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

And I hope you don't go all like "WAAAaaah! Book learnin'? I don't need no stinkin' book learnin' Rachel MadCow and MSNBC tell me everything I need to know! WaaaaAAAh!" like so many of the BlackBushsheep are wont to do.

u/concise_dictionary · 1 pointr/askphilosophy

> Like, the idea of "things" is too imperfect of a model of reality to try and do things like reliably say "this is a ship" or "this is a whale.

Do you have any evidence to back this up? Because you seem to be saying that we can't reliably recognize and name things and that's just completely false. In fact, when people start having trouble reliably recognizing and naming things, neurologists like Oliver Sachs write books about them because it is so unusual. The book, The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an amazing book anyway; you should check it out sometime.

The fact that there are edge cases sometimes that are harder to classify and name doesn't change the basic facts.

u/Terrificchu · 1 pointr/neuroscience

I second Oliver Sacks - Hallucinations or this oliver sacks book. Also "Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons" is good and provides a more general overview

u/recycled_thoughts · 1 pointr/LSD

> So what do you feel and experience when you took the 150ug?

  • "stoned" feeling in my head

  • classic LSD visual distortions: warping of shapes and textures, some pink/purple tinting of colors, some (subtle) tracers

  • the main thing was that music was richer. the analogy I made to my wife was the difference was between looking at a pool and swimming in the pool. rather than experiencing the music from a distance, I felt immersed in it. I also had enhanced coctail party effect -- I could appreciate the music as a whole, but I could also focus on one instrument or one voice in the mix and it would just stand out clearly from all the other components in the mix. Listening to the Beatles "A Day In The Life" with headphones and my eyes closed was a profound experience.

  • something happened at 150ug that didn't happen at 100ug and that was that my sense of taste was entirely thrown off. I had a good quality salt + toffee milk chocolate bar to snack on. At lower doses, the flavor seemed enhanced. At 150, it was terrible -- it tasted like paste. I'm not sure if it was due to the higher dose, or that normally I eat lightly before the trip, but on that particular day I had had a hearty lunch just before starting.

    As for 400-600 ug -- I don't know if I'll ever get that heavy. I'll keep doing 50 ug increments until either I find what I'm looking for, or it gets too unpleasant, or it puts too much burden on my wife. If I never did LSD again I would be OK with that too.

    Getting back to spirituality, one of my favorite books ever is "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat" by Oliver Sacks. It contains a number of cases of people who had brain malfunctions (injury, stroke, horribly allergic reaction), and those malfunctions also shed a lot of light on how "normal" brains operate. It led me to believe that our consciousness and personalities are actually thin veneers and are far more brittle than we suspect. Other reading has led me to believe that a lot of what we think we "know" as fact is actually highly suspect. Dabbling with LSD has only reinforced these beliefs. While there is no doubt that people have profound experiences while taking it, I believe that the truth it reveals isn't some hidden truth of the universe but rather a truth about how our brains use heuristics and extrapolation to try and make sense of the world.
u/5grumblepies · 1 pointr/psychology

So many! Dissociative Identity disorder (more commonly know as Multiple Personality Disorder); Psychopathy (especially because we know so little about it.) ; Phantom limbs ; Capgras syndrom ( delusion that a close friend or family member has been replaced by aliens) ; Hyprocondriasis; Narcolepsy; sleep paralysis; Dissociative Fugue ; The case of H.M. (a very well known case study on memory loss. He was a man who suffered retrograde amnesia, but whose working memory was still intact. taught us a lot about different types of memory and their corresponding brain redgions...

There are plenty of others that I cannot think of off the top of my head. But if you are looking for some interesting cases, here are two great books about really strange and interesting psychological phenomenons are "The Man Who Mistook His for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales" by Oliver Sacks , and " Phantoms in the Brain" by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

The first one includes several cases of patients with inexplicably strange neurological disorders. For example, a man who is no longer able to recognize people and common objects. There is an other story about a man who sometimes wakes suddenly at night, thoroughly convinced that his leg is actually a corpse's leg that somebody has placed in bed with him.

The second book was the text book for my cognitive psych class in second year. Like the first book contains many stories of fantastically strange cases that the author has encountered as a neuroscientist. This book contains more of the psychological and neurological basis for the disorders, and shows how they helped us understand different aspects of behaviour and structures of the brain.

u/electricfistula · 1 pointr/AskReddit

You could try reading this book as a general investigations of neurological disorder (including Tourette's). I don't think this is the place for medical advice though. Contact a neurologist or inform your doctor that the medicine you are currently taking is insufficient and ask if there is another treatment that might be more successful for you.

u/kukkuzejt · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

He must be this guy.

u/mushpuppy · 1 pointr/offbeat

Should go in a cardiological version of this book.

u/RedditConscious · 1 pointr/news

I really think you should read How to Change Your Mind. It dives into the details of how psychedelics help with depression and you'll probably be able to relate to some of it. Turns out most who use it for depression find that it doesn't last long term for them either, but does provide a break usually at least for a few months. To me that seems like a good enough jumping point to be able to reconnect with emotions. Michael does a much better job of analyzing and theorizing the functions and possibilities.

I truly wish you had the ability to use this medicine with an experienced therapist who maybe could've made the experience more enjoyable and rewarding.

u/Psynatron · 1 pointr/Psychedelics

I heard the book "How to Change Your Mind" is very good and might be what you need to convince your friend. :)

Amazon link:

u/Gffcom · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

Stay in your home, read this book and slowly work toward recovery and healing. Do yoga. Maybe find a therapist that works with psychedelics. You can read about that here. Not really interested in hearing all the reasons you think that won’t work. Besides, your resistance is stuff you should work through with your therapist, not on Reddit. Go heal. Yeah it’s hard. Walk through the fire and get to the other side.

u/aknalid · 1 pointr/Drugs

> My goal as a police officer is not to make the most busts, or arrest the most perps. My job is to serve the community, and at all times I strive to be as open-minded, compassionate, and fair as possible.

Intentions are great, but this can't really work out in practice because there's a massive gap of cognitive dissonance between what you DO and what you WANT TO DO.

Even if you want to be open-minded and "fair", you eventually have to go along with your department otherwise you'd be an outcast.

At the end of the day, even if you wanted to be mother Teresa, your job depends on enforcing the law... which as it pertains to drugs essentially translates into babysitting adults.

For example, in the United States:

  • Anyone can gamble their paycheck in Vegas
  • Sign away their entire life by joining the military (often before even 18 years old)
  • Eat fast food and sugar (heart disease & obesity is a leading cause of death)
  • Voluntarily buy and eventually die as a result of cigarettes or alcohol

    So, from where I stand, the central question is: Does an individual have the right to put anything into their body for whatever reason they please?

    The answer of course (rationally and philosophically) is YES.

    Because to imply otherwise is to say that after age 18, you are not an adult.

    ...and even if you say no, then the above examples are clear indicators of the contradiction.

    So, systematically, you and your friends are financially and morally incentivized to punish NON-VIOLENT adults who choose to put a substance inside their body (which is no different than fast food, alcohol, cigarettes etc.) for their own reasons.


    In the case of psychedelics: most people's lives are actually HEALED IMMENSELY (with Ayahuasca, various forms of DMT, Psilocybin etc.) yet most of those substances are schedule I along with drugs like heroin.

    Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies are legally peddling heroin (in the form of Oxycontin etc) and getting around the system.

    Make no mistake, you are going to be on the WRONG side of history.

    While I appreciate your post and ability to be open-minded, after this AMA/post dies down, you'll be on the street "doing your job" because that's what you have to do put food on your table.

    "Doing my job" is just a modern-day version of the Nuremberg Defense.

    ...and the police will inevitably abuse their power as shown in the famous Stanford Prison Experiment because it's not a police thing... it's a human nature thing.

    So, the problem lies in the incentives of the police.

    Unfortunately, the incentives ARE NOT to be as open-minded, compassionate, and fair as possible - it's to enforce the law without question.

    ...and to make matters worse, cops generally only hang out with other cops. I have yet to met a cop who has given another cop a ticket for the SAME violation made by a civilian.

    I know cops have a slogan that says "TO PROTECT AND SERVE" on their squad cars.

    But, as a citizen, I think it would be far more accurate to say "TO INTIMIDATE AND EXTORT" .... because I can't remember the last time I felt "protected or served".

    So, as far as solutions, other than walking away from it and making an honest living in the private sector, I don't have a clear-cut solution.

    LEAP, however, is an excellent start.

    ...and if you are SERIOUS, check out these resources:

  • Change your mind by Michael Pollan

  • Michael Pollan on Joe Rogan

  • Harvard Economist on Drugs

u/ChrisRich81 · 1 pointr/WayOfTheBern

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

u/jadlesss · 1 pointr/ChristianMysticism

As a longtime Christian, I came to a point in my life where I was desperate for a solution to my depression season (7 years in total). After suffering, prayers, therapy, and antidepressants as a last ditch effort I started to explore the possibility of psychedelics. I spent 6 months reading medical studies from Johns Hopkins and NYU as they studied for treatment to those with PTSD and cancer induced depression. Nothing but flying colors and no potential for addiction. I was interested.

I’ve had spiritual and mystical experiences in the past and had no idea what to expect. I had some hesitation because of its legality and the notion of “bad trips.” After time and consideration and the consultation of deeply trusted friends and a therapist I decided to give it a try.

To prepare, I spent time praying and writing my intentions for the time as a sacred space. I made of list of the things I wanted to explore with God including past relationships and trauma. I dimmed the lights and played minimalist music. I was ready. It was 4 hours of pure connectedness and healing to my heart sans an ego to combat the felt experience.

Doctors and scientists say that the experience is pneumatic (or a deeply fear spiritual experience). It certainly was. They also say it’s a very hard experience to describe (but I’ll give it a whirl). I felt known by God. I saw memories, heartbreaks, and traumas flash in my mind. I saw that God was there with me. I felt that he cared more than I ever thought possible. I felt a deep love of God. I felt one with God and it was nothing but beautiful. It felt kin to other spiritual experiences I’ve had at church or out in nature. Now on the other side of it, my depression is gone and my heart is open. I feel more connected to God after feeling disconnected for quite some time.

I believe that I had that experience because of my prayers and intentions. I hear that many people “manifest” their unconscious and emotions that they carry into the time. This is why some people have “bad trips.”

If you decide to proceed, I recommend doing a lot of therapy (preferably somatic based, EMDR) to uncover your trauma and unconscious triggers. Then, do your research. I’ll list a couple links below. Next, find a therapist (ideally the same one) to be with you while you are using. They can guide you back to the right space and keep you focused. That will help ensure a good experience.

Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.

“How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan

“The Mind Explained: Psychedelics”

u/xenobuzz · 1 pointr/Futurology

Michael Pollan's latest book "How to Change your Mind" is about this very subject.

It's about the history of the use of psychedelics to treat many forms of mental illness.

I wept with joy several times.

Highly recommended!


u/lem888 · 1 pointr/shrooms

Recommend that they read "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan:

He makes a well researched argument for the use of entheogens (psychedelics) by older people and those facing terminal illness. The author decided at 60 years old he wanted to try psilocybin, LSD and a couple of other entheogens. He went out and did the research then documents his experience with each. It's an interesting read if you want to understand the potential benefits of psilocybin.

u/synester302 · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Good luck!

u/zenithviper · 1 pointr/offmychest

I was just listening to a podcast the other day about this. They talked about this book. I haven’t read it, but maybe it could help you.

u/drfuzzphd · 1 pointr/cincinnati

I think that, in general, it's a pretty bad idea to use it recreationally. However, there's some very promising medical research happening around LSD that would seem to contradict your assertion that it's "awful."

u/randomfemale · 1 pointr/books
u/CagedChimp · 1 pointr/biology

Rabid, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Ghost Map are all books I've found fascinating about various diseases.

I would second /u/Amprvector's suggestion of both The Emperor of all Maladies, and The Selfish Gene as well.

u/letwaterflow · 1 pointr/todayilearned

The story is told in The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

u/dareads · 1 pointr/AskReddit

A Short History of Nearly Everything basically what the title says;

Where Men Win Glory about the Afganistan War and Pat Tillman, or really anything by Jon Krakauer (I loved his Everest book and the one on radical Mormon religion);

Newjack by Ted Conover, Conover became a corrections officer at Sing Sing prison and wrote about his experiences,

The Ghost Map about the start of epidemiology and how we started tracking viruses.

All of them are great reads where you also learn.

u/finalfunk · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

This one is sort of a biography (of John Snow), but more of a mystery/case study that he was central to solving. Certainly worth reading if you are planning to work with water supply at all: The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

u/losermedia · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have an obsession with London that is not getting any better, it's getting worse. Disney movies? I watch them (almost) all and cry. My favorite classic Disney is Snow White, my favorite Pixar was Wall-e, but is now Brave. :D

I love harry potter, Lord of the rings, Sherlock, and Doctor Who. I have an unhealthy love of Justin Timberlake. My favorite movie is Shaun of the Dead. I am not sure what else to say. :s I am not good at this kinda thing! I am an identical twin!

This book about ghost stories in London prolly gets me the best (currently)

u/mattymillhouse · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson

u/moltenglacier · 1 pointr/HPMOR

If you want a good book that explores sociopathy, try the psychopath test.

Another way is a sort of riff off EY's "Minds are made of parts." After creating a decently complex character, imagine that all the people who get in his way are just simple programs and ask yourself: how he would respond to those few lines of code? After all, code has no feelings...

u/sprunkiely · 1 pointr/offmychest

Have you read "the psychopath test"? It may help you to understand people a bit more. Not being mean. Just look into it.

u/bluepillcuck · 1 pointr/MorbidReality

I strongly urge you to read this book and to be more skeptical of medical "science."

u/Look_At_That_OMGWTF · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There's a book called The Psychopath Test that talks about this, it really makes you ask, how can you prove your sanity?

u/geeteee · 1 pointr/oculus

Maybe this has been in your recent reading? If not, it should be as an enjoyable journey into some related topics. :-)

u/EtchyTWA · 1 pointr/IAmA

Not read this anywhere else - but Jon Ronson wrote "The Psychopath test" -

Does this help?

u/winnie_the_slayer · 1 pointr/JordanPeterson

Perhaps "the immoral conscience kills experience." It sounds like this kind of situation isn't suited to a conversation on the interwebs, and it wouldn't be right of me to speculate without talking to you in person to learn more. Assuming that what you are describing is something like "psychopathy" in the psychoanalytic sense (not the hollywood portrayal), you might like this book or this book. There are other books about it out there, Robert Hare is one of the more well known researchers on the topic and is mentioned in Ronson's book.

u/wera34 · 1 pointr/MensRights

>an example of Haruhi being tsundere. Kyon falls asleep and wakes to find Haruhi waiting for him to wake up. (She has even been watching him as he slept.) She has covered his back with her cardigan. Her actions are kind and affectionate, but she won't admit to it in words. The viewer though, sees it. it's this contrast that makes a tsundere endearing.

..yeah I don't know why I remembered this scene completely differently. I literally remembered kyon giving haruhi "his" jacket. Okay that was an interesting experiment on flase memories. Even so season 1 is 240minutes long and you can literally find only one minute of haruhi acting like a normal person.

>Often Japanese stories in manga are about coming of age, beginnings, initial romantic tensions, etc. The story is about the journey, not the destination. A lot of Western readers get frustrated that relationships don't progress more quickly, while the manga author is actually trying to keep the focus on the slow development of the relationship.

No. That doesn't explain the popularity of tsundere. First off I think we relate a lot more to fucked up characters then even we ourselves realize. So the so-called "nomal" characters we see on tv and movies don't relate to us that well. We are inavertainly drawn to fucked up characters. We have a darkness inside all of us For example imaginary zenpacki chastises ichigo for being to hesitant to attack,that he holds back his power because he's too kind and afraid . This restraint of power is why hollow ichigo will always be stronger. When ichigo becomes vizard ichigo he is accepting the dark side in him and thats why he's twice as strong. That's why everyone has gone crazy over the new jessica jones show. She's the first character on live tv who exactly represents most of us. We look up to jessica jones, and hollow ichigo because rather then completely shun their dark side, they try to channel their dark side and put it to good use.

So going back to our discussion at lot of the behaviors of tsundere women are to certain extent relatable. With the haruhi example there was this one scene where she talks about how there are thousands of classrooms just like the one she's in and nobody is unique or special. That she's not unique or special.Which can lead to a dark place. I mean it's pretty normal to think about suicide however even in the real world if you mention to your close friends that you think life is meaningless there's a good chance they'll call you a weirdo. She seems be unable to delude herself like most people seem to do and think that they are somhow a unique snowflake. So she act's out. That to a large extent is perfectly understandable

Another good example is Homura Akemi. She started off as an immature but relatably nerdy girl. Then she grew cold and distant as she watched her friends die over an over again due to forces she can't control and because of kyubey who is a psychopath. Which unlike the godzillza like monsters is an enemy that many people face in real life. One out of every a hundred people is psychopath. In fact it's been alluded many times that feminists who are vehemently against MRA's face may have psychological issues.Like they think all men are rapists because they are psychologically projecting themselves on to all men. We literally to some extent are facing some of the same villains we see in anime. That's why we find these characters relatable

This only explains why we tolerate female characters being bitchy and mean most of the time. It doesn't explain instance like we see in tsundere characters where it's 90%+.

u/ArtemisWild · 1 pointr/Wishlist

I watched a Ted Talk by Jon Ronson and it made me want to read his book, The Psycopath Test

(It's currently in my Audible wishlist because I like to listen to audiobooks in the car on my commute - but I'd be just as happy with a paperback or kindle version) ;)

u/WildeCat96 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Not exactly profiling, but The Psychopath Test was a very interesting read and tells you how to truly use the Hare test

u/Darktidemage · 1 pointr/rick_and_morty

I think my post triggered you.

You want to make the video better, change the title


should be the title.

You flat out SAY he is a psychopath at the 1:31. He "displays all the typical signs"

Your video is based on this sentence : "people think it means you need to axe murder people but the mental health definition differs from this common public perception"

But that IS NOT the public perception. Your audience is not a bunch of morons.

If anything rick and morty fans are probably smarter than average. ... and there is this shit:

which is absolutely in common parlance....

" It spent the whole of 2012 on United Kingdom bestseller lists and ten weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.[1]"

People know what "psychopath" means, and it's SUPER obvious Rick is one.

u/soulcoma · 1 pointr/answers

This is true and I am no expert, but I just read a book, which I will post a link to in a moment. The author states that there really is no specific difference, as in the 'definition', and it really is just a matter of preference which one is used when mentioning the condition outside of a clinical or legal classification.

The book is The Psychopath Test. It's informative and really witty so although it tackles a serious subject, it was a fun read. I highly recommend it. BTW, it was written by the guy who wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats.

u/PraiseBeToScience · 1 pointr/GunsAreCool

> The greed of the gun CEOs, on the other hand, can't be explained as easily by mental illness.

It's been theorized that the occurrence of psychopathy is significantly higher in CEOs than the population at large. I believe the figure is 5x higher. Causation is still being determined. I've seen some studies suggest that obtaining power can cause people to lose empathy, and some have theorized that the modern corporate boardroom is simply the ideal environment for psychopaths to thrive so it attracts them.

I'm pretty sure it's covered in this book. If I could find the actual studies or data, I'd link that. If anyone else knows anything that supports or refutes the claim, I'm all ears.

u/Cesa37 · 1 pointr/science

Are you referring to The psychopath test by Jon Ronson? An excellent book.

u/lankist · 1 pointr/todayilearned

"The Psychopath Test" is pretty good on the subject

Essentially, there aren't many rules in terms of law governing what we call insanity. It's deferred entirely to doctors. That's not necessarily a bad idea, provided the doctors know what they're doing.

It's primarily about a man who committed burglary(?) and, on the advice of a friend, pleaded insane. He would have served like five years in prison if he plead guilty. He spent decades in the institution. His doctors commented that they believed him when he said he faked it, but that only a psychopath would be so manipulatively self-destructive to commit to such a lie.

It also deals with attempts to diagnose high-functioning forms of psychopathy/sociopathy in fields that would, theoretically, attract such types of people (i.e. cutthroat business and politics.) This is based on the eponymous "psychopath test" used to diagnose people with psychopathic conditions--a set of criteria which encompasses far more types of people than are actually diagnosed. The test also veers into circular logic at times (i.e. denying you are a psychopath is a criterion for being a psychopath. "Of course a psychopath would LIE about it!") The core issue of the book is whether the way we define insanity and psychopathy is fair and scientific.

u/crtjer · 1 pointr/Documentaries

This book is actually really and talks about this subject:

u/doves_n_ravens · 1 pointr/psychology

Its not too new, so you may or may not have heard of this. But I really enjoyed this book as intellectual fun reading and thought I'd suggest it!

The link is to the NY Times review, but here is the amazon link.

It explores Scientology's distain of psychiatric practices, the problems of checklists and self diagnosis, psychopathy in the community, and the role of insanity and the media. Just an all around enjoyable read. :)

u/jbs398 · 1 pointr/pics

Pretty much. I recently read "The Psychopath Test," (just a link to amazon, no affiliate or whatever) and as a conclusion, as with many other diagnoses and diagnostic tools, I came to the conclusion that given the power of such a label it sometimes harms people unnecessarily, but there are people who do not have empathy and they will take advantage of you and other creatures to get pleasure or enjoyment (animal cruelty ranks highly in suggesting psychopathy (aka: antisocial personality disorder)). Sometimes you need someone else to step in if such an individual can't treat other individuals respectably, there is a reason why (even if it might be a last resort) that there are people, given power by your local government, that can intervene when needed.

TL; DR: there's no such thing as black and white (in physics or psychology, but we're getting ahead of ourselves), but there are psychological conditions that cause people to treat others without empathy and sometimes intervention is necessitated if attempts to encourage "reasonable" (where this is determined by the community) behavior fail.

u/CottageMcMurphy · 1 pointr/politics

Lack of empathy = psychopathy

u/rushworld · 1 pointr/worldnews

I read in The Psychopath Test that Autism did increase around the same time as immunisations became "popular" but only because the psychology field had expanded the definition of "Autism" including conditions such as Aspergers and whatnot.

u/whytcolr · 1 pointr/pics

If only there were some way to make the text in this image appear horizontal...

In other news: Here is an online copy of the article. And here's the text of the stuff in the image:

>If: He has too many photos of himself…
Maybe he’s just: An artist who does self-portraits.
But it could mean: He’s a psychopath.

>Kidding! Kind of. Too many solo photos, or an oil painting of himself, can indicate “an overblown sense of self-worth,” says Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test. Too much gold and other flashy objects suggest grandiosity and narcissism, adds Ronson. “Even if he’s not an actual psychopath, I would avoid a narcissist because he’ll be a pain in the ass,” he says. “Instead, women should stick to nerdy intellectuals, like me!” And me!

In my estimation, the bit in this article about guys who own multiple gaming systems is a bit more of a stretch...

u/AnxiousPolitics · 1 pointr/changemyview

>intelligence indicates failure

That's simply not true at all. Anecdotally we sometimes say smart people have it rough for a few specific reasons some other people might not, but a predictor of failure it is not. In fact, /u/MoliereSC2 posted in this thread an article which says that IQ is actually a great indicator of GDP.
The reason perseverance isn't tied directly into ego is because at some point to remain sane you do have to convince yourself to pursue something in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with who you are, and everything to do with your understanding of the efficacy and importance of what you're doing; of what it is or how it works or what it is for. In order to pursue those things, ego is 'necessarily' out of the equation by definition.
Look, I understand the reaction that most successful people have had big egos, I don't know if you've heard of this or not but this book attempts to go into detail about how and whether the people at the helm of business and perhaps government as well are all crazy in some way. Egotists, psychopaths, you name it. It is cited as saying the percentage for psychopaths in business is 4% which is higher than the percentage of the total population. So there is plenty of reason to 'think' something like ego is involved in it all when considering success.
I don't know if you're aware of it or not, but Trump isn't exactly responsible for his wealth. He has managed what he was given into more money than he started with but he also started with more than enough to take ego completely out of the question when considering what went into the actual decision making process.
In fact, I'm almost inclined to believe the idea of ego necessarily being involved in success has less to do with human nature and an accurate depiction of reality and more to do with the version of celebrity we see on the evening news. When Trump advertises his brand by being the thing he is, it appears ego is all over the picture and it's there by design but to say it bleeds over into all the success and thought processes would be being dishonest about why publicized versions of people aren't accurate.

>No, he was capable of doing so because he obstinately believed in his own odds of success, and this allowed him to overcome many rational perceptions of risks vs potential gains in a way that would cause many rational, "intelligent" people to claim defeat and walk away.

The problem with this is exactly what I already described. The real thought process behind major deals in which a person can retain their sanity by necessity involves a clear understanding of the situation involved and a perseverance not in the face of 'rational perceptions of risk' but perseverance in the championing of the deal they have spent the effort to understand so well.

>part of the reason his presidency has and will continue to be deemed unsuccessful is tied into the fact that he isn't out there criticizing presidents and justifying himself. Bill Clinton spent his last years in office dragging the title of the president through the mud, but now that he's still out in the political world, doing the thumb thing and reminding us how good times were

I'm not sure if you realize this either, but you say in this passage that ego has everything to do with being seen as 'unsuccessful' and not success. I'm not sure if you'll take that as a hit against your view or not since you could believe ego is involved in both success and a lack of success or perceived unsuccessful lives or goals.
So intelligence is a good predictor of success, and perseverance is more honest about the sanity maintaining thought process involved in understanding your risky deals and safe deals than ego would be because ego is often merely part of the branding we see successful people put off in clips on the nightly news.

u/doubleohd · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Read "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson to see how truly messed up it can be on both sides: people who say they're sane when crazy, people who are crazy swear they are sane, and the doctors that sometimes get it wrong. Here's a link

u/the_flying_almond_ · 1 pointr/howto

I read a book recently by Scott Adams called "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big", and the slightly unorthodox tip he has is "goals are for losers, systems are for winners".

For example, instead of setting a goal of losing ten pounds, get into a daily system of healthy activities, there is no end point, so you have no reason to stop.

The book goes into it more, I recommend you read it!

u/Leonidas3000 · 1 pointr/Advice

Hi I recommend reading "how to fail at everything and still win big"

You are still young so you have plenty of time to suceed and you will see that what looks like failure can be useful down the road. Practice the law of attraction
enjoy :)

u/JugaadAnimation · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

This book actually taught me the emotional impulse.

u/cronsy66 · 1 pointr/indonesia

Don't rely on motivation, cause when you rely on it, you're gonna need it forever.

Create a system to study them on a basis, that way you won't need motivation and will actually do it without hesitation. (reference)

u/rustymonolith · 1 pointr/Calgary

He offers plenty of interesting thoughts in his book. I've read it twice now and find his thinking to be very practical and actionable.

u/Leslie_The_Human_Ad · 1 pointr/askgaybros

This book is very useful in terms of finding the right mindset to deal with failure.

u/AkivaAvraham · 1 pointr/samharris

> Both of Sam's fundamental moral values and his criticism of Trump.

Sams Morals are freely chosen and arbitrary utilitarian constructs. You can not derive an Ought from an Is.

> Sam believes that Trump was never as successful as he pretended. This is a pretty big deal, since that was one of the major selling points of Trump.

That is demonstrably false.

Some estimates are up to 90%. Thus, without placing a brick or spending a single dollar, through sheer persuasion, he has decreased illegal immigration by a massive margin. If I remember correctly, Sam ignored this when this was pointed out on the podcast.

The topic of failure is interesting for a persuader, and there is a deeper conversation to have here. Remember, Scott's big book is literally,

> "How to fail at everything, and still win big".

He even jokes in the video here, that he will call his religion, "Failology". Basically the two summarized points are,

  • Trump sets up his failures to benefit him, or at worst, not hurt him.
  • Trump engages in a lot of A B testing, which by design will lead to many failures before reaching a success.

    > In the podcast there were some more examples brought up, but now maybe you will have a chance to teach me something, because I don't remember Scott asking Sam about why it's bad to lie or why Trump's lies are bad, and I definitely don't remember him refusing to answer. Could you point me to that part?

    I will consider it, as that will require me to listen to the podcast again, and mark the timestamps. Definitely a fair request. I will save the thread and get back to you if I do. Feel free to hang your hat up until then.
u/getbangedchatshit · 1 pointr/The_Donald

This guy is a great writer. I am reading this and it is an incredible read.

He was the first guy who brought Mr.Trump to my attention and since then I have been on the train. And I am still not sick of winning.

u/rainaramsay · 1 pointr/HowToLifePodcast

Goals vs Habits

Both Steve Pavlina and Scott Adams recommend skipping the whole goal-setting thing, and instead setting habits.

u/110_115_120 · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Congratulations on your new job!

I applaud your desire to learn more about investing and finances. One of the earliest influences (and had the biggest impact) on my life in that area was my high school American History teacher, and I'll never forget what he taught me. I learned that it was important to save early, use the power of compounding, and take advantage of employer matching whenever it is offered. If you can do the same for your students, you will change their family trees forever.

You don't need a financial planner. They don't have a crystal ball that tells them how the markets are going to perform. You have what it takes to become educated in the world of finance, and are intelligent enough to choose your own investments. It's not even that complicated, what it boils down to is LBYM (living below your means), saving regularly, and investing your savings. Read about, and practice the Bogleheads investment philosophy. There is a lot of information in that link, so take your time and go through it all. If you want some reading that isn't so dry, you can check out The Wealthy Barber from your library. The Millionaire Next Door is also a great read. And if you want an inspirational read, The Millionaire In You is one of my all time favorite personal finance books.

Good luck!

u/MAGAinstrumentality · 1 pointr/The_Donald

u/CyrilFiggisCPA · 1 pointr/personalfinance

I apologize if someone has already mentioned this book (I tried to make sure no one hadn't), but I would suggest reading The Millionaire Next Door. It talks about the common characteristics millionaires have in common, which, shocker, normal people can have too, and it should help reinforce the ideas others have been sharing in the comments.

Or you can check if your local library has it.

u/elquesogrande · 1 pointr/personalfinance
  • JOB: Go for the Hartford position with the better company and leadership rotational program. This type of position is geared to get you fantastic experience and a better shot at increasing your salary. The East Coast location will also help with future international positions versus something in the midwest.

  • BOOKS: Start with The Millionaire Next Door: Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

  • CAR: There's no return on your investment here. Buy used, buy reasonably priced and follow the guidelines in "Millionaire Next Door."

  • Pay off your student loan - both due to the 6% "return" you would make (not lose) on the interest and the freedom you gain by not having debt.

  • Max out your employer match for the 401k

u/mattschinesefood · 1 pointr/TooAfraidToAsk

Your Money or Your Life was a pretty good book that explained this well. The audiobook is narrated by the author and if given the chance, I'd hold her underwater until the bubbles stopped. She had the worst voice I've ever heard.

The Millionaire Fastlane was also a readyy good read. Highly recommended.

The Millionaire Next Door was a fantastic read and the book that got me started thinking about financial independence and the concept of FIRE. It's a bit dated (late 90s I think) but still some amazing information in there.

Check us out at /r/financialindependence and /r/leanfire. If you haven't, definitely visit /r/personalfinance and check out the sidebar and wiki - there's some AMAZING information and guides for all ages and walks of life.

I wish so hard that I found out about this stuff and had the resources available now when I was 18, and not when I turned 31. But oh well, such is life.

/u/typhuslol do feel free to PM me if you want to chat! I'm happy to share the lessons I've learned in the past few years of pursuing financial independence!

u/willi3 · 1 pointr/SaltLakeCity

maybe he's smart enough to not spend all his money on status items like expensive clothing.

people who actually have actual wealth (savings and investments) are less likely to buy costly clothes, wristwatches, etc.

u/512165381 · 1 pointr/ValueInvesting

Buffet owns and manages businesses, not just investing in stocks. You become a business owner by either buying or starting your own business - think about that.

You will gain experience if you work in a large company, but for that you need qualifications. Maybe a business degree, accounting qualifications, MBA, or similar.

Try reading "The Millionaire Next Door". You can learn how to become a millionaire but becoming a billionaire is another proposition.

The internet can not tell you what to do. You need to make your own decisions.

eg for me

u/johnonhongnong · 1 pointr/quitdebt

My debts are as follows:

  • Credit card: $842 (down from ~$12k)
  • Car loan: $16,488 (down from ~$22k)
  • Home mortgage: $94,809 (down from ~$99k)

    My soon-to-be spouse has misc medical debt of about $3,000 and student loan debt of ~$40,000. We are down to one income right now and are about to get a second income going of an additional $30k+

    My credit card had once reached just over $12,000. I was able to knock out $10,000 in six months.

    We are using the principals outlined by NY Times best-selling author and national radio talk show host, Dave Ramsey. His book, "The Total Money Makeover" has changed the way we think about debt and money. You can listen to his radio show and podcast online by CLICKING HERE

    We are using the 7 baby-steps and if all goes as planned, all the debts we have combined and our home (worth about $120k) will be paid for.

    The 7 baby-steps are....

  • Step 1: Save $1,000 in a baby emergency fund.
  • Step 2: Use the debt snowball to knock out your debts from smallest balance owed to largest
  • Step 3: Increase emergency fund savings up to 3 to 6 months of living expenses
  • Step 3b: Save down payment for a home (if this applies to you)
  • Step 4: Invest 15% of your total income into retirement
  • Step 5: College funding for children <-- This doesn't apply to me
  • Step 6: Pay off your home early (unless you're renting)
  • Step 7: Build wealth and give.

    My goal is to eliminate the need to borrow money and to get my credit score from in the 800's to zero. I plan to pay cash for newer used cars going forward and to never have a car payment again. Here's a great article on how to never have a car payment again.... CLICK HERE For house payments, I will only ever mortgage a home with more a 15-yr fixed rate mortgage where the payment is at or below 25% of my monthly income.

    I have put a 20 year term-life policy in place for myself equivalent to 12 times my annual income. This will cover use for 9 years of our debt free journey + 11 more years to grow our wealth. In the event of my death, my spouse will be able to be able to pay off the home and invest the remaining money to generate a replacement income.

    We plan to invest money once we are debt free and start buying rental properties with cash.

    Books I recommend to people to read include....

  • "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey
  • "Retire Inspired" by Chris Brown
  • "The Millionaire Next Door" by Jon Acuff
u/Jolva · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Congratulations on your winnings. If you end up spending any time at /r/personalfinanace, you'll note that one of the handfull of books they recommend in their sidebar is "The Millionaire Next Door". It's a fantastic read (great audiobook too) that really opened my eyes to money and wealth.

u/The_ferminator · 1 pointr/Conservative

> Thus virtuous people will generally succeed and people with poor character will generally be poor. Weber believed that Protestantism pushed people into the striving category.

Exactly, which is outlined in this book Millionaire Next Door

This is also works on the negative: Protestant community has the lowest unemployment, and people unable to work have found that they have 40% more level of pain compared to another societies.

Test[s] the relation between Protestantism and work attitudes using a novel method, operationalizing work ethic as the effect of unemployment on individuals’ subjective well-being. Analyzing a sample of 150,000 individuals from 82 societies, we find strong support for a Protestant work ethic:

unemployment hurts Protestants more and hurts more in Protestant societies.

Whilst the results shed new light on the Protestant work ethic debate, the method has wider applicability in the analysis of attitudinal differences.

u/jellyravel23 · 1 pointr/chelseafc

But the price of my milk isn't going to move up and down after I've bought it, how did I pay for the milk? With all of my own money or a loan etc. You can say proportionately they're the same but it doesn't really hold up, wealthy people don't look at a stadium like a bottle of milk, Warren Buffett is a billionaire and he buys his car 'hail-damaged' because it's cheaper than buying it new

^ Really good book on how frugal some mega wealthy people are. Not that Abramovich needs to be but let's be honest, 500m will be a considerable amount in his mind, it's not something he wants to waste or fritter away

u/the_y_of_the_tiger · 1 pointr/personalfinance

I'm late to the game, OP, but I hope you'll see this comment. You need to read this book and then get your mom to read it too. In a nutshell, her supporting those other kids is making them weaker and hurting them in the long run. It's a fascinating study of parenting and money:

u/bemental_ · 1 pointr/USMC

I'm not going to get into an argument about the semantics living your own life, but what I will say is that you have the power to choose what you do.

I understand the job market in many sectors is difficult, but no one is forcing you to work in those areas.

Saying "my boss won't let me" isn't productive. What I'm offering is that if one saves up the money for a trip, they won't have to worry about what their boss thinks anymore.

Extend this thought out to its logical end, and you find that if you're not in debt, and have enough cash on hand, no one can tell you what to do anymore.

This is probably too big to discuss in an ongoing Reddit comment thread.

If you're interested in a bit of freedom, financially or otherwise, check out this book. It's not one of those gimmicky "I've got all the monies let me show you how to do it!" books, merely solid financial advice for those who want it.

u/Amish_Warlord · 1 pointr/PoliticalPhilosophy

>a dollar has more value to a person who is poor, and less value to someone who has plenty of money.

that's not even close to what the laws of supply and demand tell us. The laws of supply and demand tell us about how an individual responds to price changes, NOT how much one person values money over another.

your statement can easily be shown to be wrong anyway: there are plenty of wealthy people who are very careful with every dollar they spend, and poor people who dont care much for money. For example, The millionaire next door shows the lives of a bunch of rich people who continue to live extremely thriftily even when they have more money than they could possibly need. Your argument asserts that all of these people dont exist, which is an argument that 0 economists have ever made in the history of the world.

What youre doing is comparing different people's valuations of money, which is called "interpersonal utility comparison". This is something that laws of supply and demand do not tell us. you might be confusing laws of supply and demand with the concept of diminishing marginal returns, which is not always applicable to human satisfaction, and still says nothing about interpersonal utility comparison.

u/twistedlimb · 1 pointr/forwardsfromgrandma

you should read this- a lot of millionaires live a pretty modest life. part of "being rich" is all about being better than someone else. i don't mind everyone having a certain standard of living that most people would consider "millionaire" lifestyle of free healthcare, good housing, free higher education. that's too easy.

u/longlivedasset · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Read and listen to Dave Ramsey if you want to be "good" with personal finance.

If you want to "optimize" finance, then come hang out with us in r/financialindependence

Podcasts: ChooseFI, Afford Anything

Blogs: Mr. Money Mustache

Books: Simple Path to Wealth, Your Money or Your Life, Millionaire Next Door, The Richest Man in Babylon


Some pointers:

  1. Don't do what most people do. Chances are, they know less about personal finance than you do.
  2. Spend based on your value (within your means of course), not based on the percentage of income.
  3. Don't spend money to impress others.
  4. If you think 20's is time to spend every penny to have "full" experience, look at this chart.

u/SchmidtytheKid · 1 pointr/news

>really all you want is to be able to do what you want with no consequences. a childish worldview.

I never said or implied that. However I do ascribe to the idea of personal responsibility rather than a group of elected officials telling someone they need to pay more despite already paying more than everyone else. Yes people should pay taxes, but they should not pay more taxes because they can afford it.

>also you are gonna need a source for people with millions of dollars in assets mostly earning their own money. because i'd bet it's at least half of them that got started through parents money or connections. WOuldnt be shocked by 90%. Self made people are not the norm for the wealthy.

Happy Reading

u/somedude456 · 1 pointr/cars

Hood rich is buying stuff you can't afford but you can make payments. Another name is the 30K millionaire. They make 30K a year, but you would think they look like a millionaire via a new Lexus, nice ass house, designer sunglasses, etc. So Joe Blow makes 3K a month, but his house payment is $1800, his car is $600, insurance is $200, and credit card minimum payments is $400 He can't afford lunch, but he looks cool.

You should read this :

u/bamisdead · 1 pointr/gifs

According to The Millionaire Next Door, 80 percent of millionaires are first generation wealthy.

Other interesting notes:

"PNC Wealth Management conducted a survey of people with more than $500,000 free to invest as they like, a fair definition of “wealthy,” and possibly “millionaire” once you begin including home equity and other assets. Only 6% of those surveyed earned their money from inheritance alone. 69% earned their wealth mostly by trading time and effort for money, or by “working.”"


"about 90% of people who "become millionaires" do so through gradual accrual of assets — they "earn it” — whereas only about 10% are given a million bucks by mom or dad, or inherit a business worth that much, or something."


"Overall, the research revealed current millionaires are, on average, 61 years old with $3.05 million in assets."


"Most Americans with $1 million or more in assets made their money on their own, according to a study by BMO Private Bank released today. Sixty-seven percent of high-net-worth Americans are self-made millionaires, according to the survey. Only 8 percent inherited their wealth."


u/bookerevan · 1 pointr/PoliticalDiscussion

You'd be surprised - many millionaires live next door to unsuspecting neighbors. A good read:

u/BugsSuck · 1 pointr/wallstreetbets

For a lot of my basic knowledge I browsed investopedia and clicked on anything blue I didn't understand and held legitimate conversations with peers both on and off of reddit.

For example, take this submission about CDOs

Just start reading. If you don't understand something that's highlighted, like "derivatives" or "defaults", click on it and read that page. This can help you understand a lot of the technical terms and see how they're all related to one another.

I don't read many investing books as much as I try to absorb things about economics itself. Understanding how an economy functions is essential to trading. A good youtube channel that talks about economics can be found here. The videos are dense in information, but the input the creator gives is very solid. Not all of what he says should be taken as fact, but really it's just an analysis by a fundamentally sound economist.

Netflix has a few documentaries that are captivating. One is called Betting on Zero

The series "Dirty Money" has some interesting content within as well.

The Big Short is a movie that has valuable content if you watch it while considering what we know in hindsight of the 2008 financial crisis.

The most important part of investing is understanding what stimulates an economy or drives one into a recession.

My father is a successful investment banker and the two books he's always recommended are:

The Intelligent Investor

The Millionaire Next Door

u/OfSpock · 1 pointr/PurplePillDebate

It's a book which studied how people become millionaires. Most people who earn a lot, spend a lot. rather than accumulating net worth.

u/Fusion2006 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I learned early on to "pay yourself first and all others last".
My dept chair gave me this book when I was a 1st year teacher making $20k a year and it made me realize that the amount of money you make is not a predictor of your financial success.

We only see the shiny car in the driveway and the gates surrounding the McMansion but most likely people who live this way are in debt up to their eyeballs.

u/russilwvong · 1 pointr/PersonalFinanceCanada

This is like a super-sized version of the Globe and Mail's Financial Facelift column: Our net worth is $2M, can we afford to retire?

Personally I'd start by reviewing The Millionaire Next Door. The authors point out that most millionaires -- i.e. people with net worth of $1M or more -- basically live the same way as everyone else. It's a good perspective to keep in mind: it's a lot easier to do financial planning when you're planning for a normal lifestyle ($50,000/year, maybe up to $100,000/year), not something crazy.

They also have some useful advice about making sure your children don't become financially dependent on you. (Not sure that buying your child a house is a good idea. From the child's point of view, being able to say "I did it on my own" is worth quite a lot.)

How old are you? Planning is easier if you're older. You'll probably live to about 85; say 95, to be safe. If you're 50, you need to plan for 45 years. If you're only 30, you need to plan for the next 65 years.

Are you going to continue working? Or will you need to support yourself entirely from your capital?

Let's assume you won't be working, and that you have a long time horizon.

The usual advice is to follow the "investment pyramid" idea: have more of your money in low-risk investments (the bottom of the pyramid), with less money in higher-risk investments.

I'd suggest putting 3/4 of the money into GICs (you don't need to take big risks, so it's probably a good idea to keep most of the money safe); that'll earn about 2% at the moment, maybe 3-4% over a longer time period (expected nominal return on bonds is about 3.7%, according to the Canadian Couch Potato). At 2%, that would be $300,000/year.

Bank deposit insurance via the CDIC (covering the risk of bank failure) only guarantees $100,000 at each institution. If you're trying to make sure your entire $15M of GICs are covered, you probably want to look into provinces which have unlimited guarantees for credit union deposits.

And then I'd put the remaining 1/4 into equities. Canadian Couch Potato suggests 1/3 in the Canadian index (VCN), 2/3 in equities outside Canada (VXC). This portion will go up and down, but over the long term, expected nominal return is 7.2% (again, according to the CCP).

> Realistically, what sort of lifestyle do you think I can afford now? How much money would you spend on a house, how much would you save for a rainy day?

I'm basically saying I would put all of it away for a rainy day, and continue to live a regular lifestyle. You may be thinking, well, what do I get out of having $22M in the bank?! Two things: you don't need to work, ever (of course you can continue to work if you enjoy it), and you have ironclad financial security. You're only living off your investment income, not your principal.

What if you want a more extravagant lifestyle -- say, putting $5M into a house in Vancouver, and spending $500,000 a year?

Then I'd start looking at annuities. If you're getting closer to the margins, you want to make sure you're not going to outlive your money. You want to find an insurance company that you're pretty sure will be around 65 years from now (!), and that will sell you an annuity. Basically you give them a giant lump sum, and they pay you a fixed amount every year until you die.

I think you should also submit this question to the Globe and Mail's Financial Facelift, see if they print it.

u/spokomptonjdub · 1 pointr/CapitalismVSocialism

>I really don't buy that one's wealth can indicate so much about an individual's character.

It very well may be that it's not necessarily "wealth" that indicates these tendencies, but rather these tendencies seem to correlate with a higher likelihood of attaining that higher level of wealth at some point. From the research that I've seen, these tendencies are present in the majority of the test sample.

>I have a feeling that socioeconomic status of your family is much more important than whether or not they are 'excessively educated".

It could. I think the level of education point was meant to demonstrate either:

  • Concordant with their tendencies towards entrepreneurship and working more hours, they value entering the market as soon as possible at the expense of further education, and seem to view a bachelor's degree as the minimum bar to clear before "getting to work."

  • Concordant with their tendencies towards frugality and heavier emphasis on financial planning, they generally view continued education beyond the minimum as a poor return on investment.

    It's not really clear, unfortunately. The research on this topic is not particularly deep or ubiquitous, and is primarily reliant on what's effectively a census -- it's not as a result of controlled experiments or peer-reviewed psychology materials. It's demographics, polling, and interviews, which can establish trends and correlations but not the full explanation of the "why" behind it.

    Additionally, these tendencies are simple majority percentages, and while some show very clear trends (hours worked, age, level of education, starting economic class, etc) in the form of very high percentages, others are in the 55-60% range, which is not always indicative of a trend and could be in the margin of error for any conclusions that might be drawn.

    >Have a source for all those stats?

    There's a few. To be fair most of this is recalling my notes from a freelance article I did 6-7 years ago on the traits of millionaires. I used these two books and an aggregate of data I found on Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and a few others. As I stated earlier in my post, the data and the methods behind it appear to be sound, but they don't provide the amount of depth that I'd prefer.

    >The rate of millionaires who are 3 generations of less removed from an immigrant has no bearing on how likely everyone else is to become one, unless you are assuming there is a fixed amount of millionaires in the U.S. or those are two separate statistics.

    I may have misrepresented that one, or at least worded it poorly. The research showed that people whose grandparents or parents were immigrants to US achieved millionaire status at a higher rate than those who came from families that have been present in the US for longer than 3 generations.

    Overall, even if the research isn't perfect, it still seems to clearly demonstrate to me that the incentives behind work are far more complex than what OP posited.
u/Danshock · 1 pointr/Frugal

There is a newer version of the book uk amazon link

u/Hax0r778 · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

That isn't true at all. Read this and come back to me:

u/russiangn · 1 pointr/personalfinance
u/DissentingVoice · 1 pointr/gaming

You have to understand that the majority of Reddit has this belief that those who are successful got there mainly because of luck.

Oh, this entrepreneur found a niche market and it exploded? How lucky, I wouldn't have that much success if I started a business.

People who are rich, and who stay rich, often work their asses off. There are a lot of intelligent people on Reddit who don't want to admit that.


To anyone who believes that the rich are lucky, fat-cat type people, go read The Millionaire Next Door.

u/lcoursey · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Anyone wondering about wealth:

Read The Millionaire Mind

Read Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Read The Millionaire Next Door

These books highlight the differences in how people talk to their children about wealth.

u/loureedfromthegrave · 1 pointr/news

cut them out of your life or get them help. use profits to fund rehabilitation and education. if you're stupid enough to get into heroin and meth, you're probably not going to let the law stop you, but you shouldn't go to jail for possessing it or making it out of plants in the privacy of your own home. i do agree that dangerous drugs such as meth and heroin would be better off decriminalized rather than legalized, so that it remains illegal to sell but not to posses, but i don't think anyone should go to jail for acquiring them by their own means.

we do have to draw a legal limit to what humans can morally get away with on earth, or else people would be stealing and killing without consequence, but the war on drugs is a travesty and is hindering the mental progression of humanity. most people who have had a psychedelic experience will attest that nature is trying to help us (i'm looking forward to reading the book how to change your mind by michael pollan), yet we've let nixon convince the masses that the counterculture is bad and therefore people are losing their freedoms and spending their lives in prison for trying to open their mind and become better individuals or even form a religious belief from it.

more specifically, if we legalized psychedelics, we could help people overcome their addictions to more dangerous substances because like it or not, these substances work with your neurotransmitters to achieve what used to be seen as impossible. we would also see humanity looking past all this political money bullshit and focus more on the reality of love and nature and what's really important. so while i'm not saying we should make it easy to get harmful drugs like meth, i still don't think it should be a criminal act if you figure out how to acquire it on your own, and i sure as hell think it's a sin to have a war on psychedelics. as far as cocaine, i see that as no different than alcohol. it's harmful but fun in moderation and if you're gonna let us poison our livers, might as well let us poison our nostrils.

the whole thing is complex, but right now the war on drugs is a blanket over too many useful substances to accept it as a good thing. but you are right, in that i shouldn't make a blanket statement such as "humans should be able to do whatever they want". we do need order and protection from chaos. i just think politicians are trying too hard to boss us around in unnecessary ways and ruining a lot of lives over plants and what mother nature gave us.

u/slingshotscott · 1 pointr/JoeRogan

Get Micheal Pollan on the show!

He's coming out with a new book: How to Change Your Mind:What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness

Dude destroys a lot of food nutrition theories on the reg and explores the world of psychedelics in his new book. Been trying to get this guy on for years. Lets make it happen soon!