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7 Books That Will Change How You See The World

If you’re a human and you have a brain, then you probably like using your brain. And if you like using your brain, then you love having those epiphany moments where your hair blows back and you go “Whoa” like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix when he learns Kung Fu from a USB drive in his neck. I know it’s not what the cool kids like to do, but I like to read non-fiction. Lots of non-fiction. And my favorite moments reading non-fiction are when a book bitchslaps my brain and reconfigures my entire understanding of reality and my place within it. I love that. I get a lot of emails asking me for book recommendations. So instead of divulging what my favorite books are, I’ll leave you with something better: seven of the most mind-fucking, reality-reshaping, Keanu Reeves “Whoa” inspiring books that I’ve ever read. In no particular order… 3 Ideas That Could Change Your Life To learn about three ideas that could change how you see the world, put your email in below. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert Related:  Books

8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages - WhytoRead Books These books are not only a quick read, they are worth a read because of the quality and their impact. Regardless of how many pages they have, these books have managed to be highly influential since their publication. If you don’t have too much time to commit, here are some of the greatest books ever written which under a 100 pages (or so) long. 8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages 1. The Metamorphosis is not only one of the best books under 100 pages, it’s one of the best books ever written. A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. 2. (Featured in 7 Books That Will Change Your Outlook On Life) The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. 3. Utopia is a work of fiction and political philosophy. 4. The Prince is filled with stand-out quotes such as: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” This book does describe most (not all) power situations very well. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Why Do Some People Love Reading? “Every society has some group of people—somewhere between a minuscule amount and half the adults—that read a lot in their leisure time,” says Wendy Griswold, a sociologist at Northwestern University who studies reading. Griswold refers to this group as “the reading class,” and—adding up the NEA’s “frequents” and “avids,” and considering rates of serious reading in other similarly wealthy countries—reckons that about 20 percent of adults belong to the U.S.’s reading class. She said that a larger proportion of the American population qualified as big readers between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries—an era of reading that was made possible by advances in printing technology and then, eventually, snuffed out by television. Some people are much more likely than others to become members of the reading class. “The patterns are very, very predictable,” Griswold told me. Of course, possessing any of these characteristics doesn’t guarantee that someone will or won’t become a reader.

The United Nations Exposed: Who Is In Control? We are told that the United Nations (UN) is an international organization that aims to facilitate co-operation through social progress, economic development, international security and international law. They promote themselves, and are outwardly promoted as a reputable body that deals with peace, security, development, human rights and humanitarian affairs. With this being the case it’s no surprise to see the UN at the forefront of all international conflict and instability, since these exact events give them the ideal atmosphere to promote themselves as bringers of all that I previously mentioned. By promoting themselves, I am referring to the UN’s use of mainstream media networks, like CNN. There is no need for me to point out the JP Morgan (major institutional holder of Time Warner)/ Rockefeller connections, which also played a big role in the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1912. League of Nations/Treaty of Versailles I’m talking about Paul M. Sources: Great news!

The Four Stages of Life Life is a bitch. Then you die. So while staring at my navel the other day, I decided that that bitch happens in four stages. Stage One: Mimicry We are born helpless. As children, the way we’re wired to learn is by watching and mimicking others. The goal of Stage One is to teach us how to function within society so that we can be autonomous, self-sufficient adults. But some adults and community members around us suck.1 They punish us for our independence. In a “normal” healthy individual, Stage One will last until late adolescence and early adulthood.3 For some people, it may last further into adulthood. This is Stage One. We must be aware of the standards and expectations of those around us. Stage Two: Self-Discovery In Stage One, we learn to fit in with the people and culture around us. Stage Two involves a lot of trial-and-error and experimentation. In my Stage Two, I ran off and visited fifty-something countries. Stage Two is a process of self-discovery. Stage Three: Commitment

The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013 by Maria Popova How to think like Sherlock Holmes, make better mistakes, master the pace of productivity, find fulfilling work, stay sane, and more. After the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2013, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating psychology and philosophy books published this year. (Catch up on the 2012 roundup here and 2011’s here.) “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And nowhere do we fail at the art of presence most miserably and most tragically than in urban life — in the city, high on the cult of productivity, where we float past each other, past the buildings and trees and the little boy in the purple pants, past life itself, cut off from the breathing of the world by iPhone earbuds and solipsism. Right now, you are missing the vast majority of what is happening around you.

The 50 Greatest Coming-of-Age Novels The end of summer is traditional coming of age time. Your new best friend is going home. Your new boyfriend starts pretending not to know you. Your parents discover your secret hiding place and turn it into a mudroom. First: what exactly is a coming-of-age novel? However, I do have some rules for this list. Finally, even though the headline declares these 50 coming-of-age novels The Greatest, please remember that this is really only the compiled opinions of a few well-read editors. Justin Torres, We the Animals Torres’ slim, elegant, intense 2011 bildungsroman carries us deftly from the mania of childhood and brotherhood to the alienation of young adulthood and the self-knowledge that comes with it—or inspires it, as it were. We wanted more. André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex A coming of age story that is also a coming of self story, as Callie becomes Cal, and the world becomes modern. Katherine Dunn, Geek Love David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Water Wigs on Behance We just finished shooting a new project we call Water Wigs. The concept is simple and it is another visual exploration of something new and totally different. We found a bunch of awesome bald men and hurled water balloons at their heads, to capture the explosion of water at various intervals. The result a new head of of water hair! We chose to work with triads of colors to create images that are arresting and amusing at the same time. Our favorites are "The Don King," "The Conquistador," "The Jesus" and "The Friar." Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years. Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it. Almost in spite of ourselves, we're still writing, translating, publishing and even occasionally buying good books in this country.

Johnny Lists — 10 Non-Fiction Books to Blow Your Mind 1. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff – A mind opening look at how statistics can be manipulated to dazzle and deceive you. 2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks – Take a look at neurological diseases and how one man could mistake his wife for a hat and not even realize it. 3. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston – Learn about a rare and lethal disease that can start in Africa one afternoon and land in Washington DC the next. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. amazon CookThing - How to Cook Anything 12 Greatest Apocalyptic Novels Of All Time After scouring book reviews and Wikipedia, a list of the Top 12 Best Apocalyptic Novels was born. The books on this list take you down the darkest paths in uncivilized worlds, from cannibalistic gangs to vampire infected corpses. If this list doesn't get you thinking on the quickest way stock your basement full of water, canned goods and rifles, I don't know what will! Enjoy! World War Z Documenting the war on zombies, "World War Z" takes you through horific times with some of the most vivid writing this genre has ever seen. "World War Z" paints such a realistic picture of a world after Zombies that even skeptics would find themselves engrossed in the novel! Blindness Forget world wide pandemics of flesh eating bacteria or a zombie illness! The family unit escapes and attempts to build a new life in the outside world, just as sight is returned, just as quickly as it was taken away. I don't know who I felt worse for reading this book. The Road The Postman Oryx and Crake A Canticle for Leibowitz

15 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Life - WhytoRead Books There are some books that are so good, that as soon as you’re done reading them, you can’t wait to recommend it to someone and continually ask them about it until they’ve read it. You want everyone to read this book, its that good. The books on this list are the most highly recommended books and everyone thinks you should read them all, at least once in your life. 15 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Life 1. My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George This book is an absolute must read, and follows a boy who essentially runs away from home to live in the Catskill mountains, where he absolutely thrives. 2. (Featured in 8 Books That Will Have A Profound Impact On Your Personality) The plot is deceptively simple. Once he feels that he understands humanity, he undertakes to educate humans in the philosophy of “Thou art God” in such a way that the truth of that statement is a provable tautology. 3. 4. (Featured in 9 Thought Provoking Books Everyone Should Read) 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life Walt Whitman circa 1854. Photo from the Library of Congress. Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) was thirty-six when he self-published Leaves of Grass (public library | public domain). Amid its dispiriting initial reception, he received a soul-saving letter of encouragement from Emerson, who by that point had become America’s most influential literary tastemaker. Without Emerson’s emboldening missive, the young poet may have perished in obscurity. Whitman’s words in the preface to the original edition are at least as radiant and rousing as the verses themselves — words that continue to enliven heart, mind, and spirit a century and a half later. The land and sea, the animals, fishes, and birds, the sky of heaven and the orbs, the forests, mountains, and rivers, are not small themes … but folks expect of the poet to indicate more than the beauty and dignity which always attach to dumb real objects … they expect him to indicate the path between reality and their souls.