The Death of Expertise

This book is prescient. Written just a few years before the current pandemic, it highlights many of the problems we’re currently facing as a society: wokeness, general distrust in experts, and an increasing illusion that technology and information abundance is all that’s needed to become experts in a field and have opinions about everything. He highlights the issues of “an increasingly narcissistic culture that cannot endure even the slightest hint of inequality of any kind”, and the increasing difficulty of having difficult conversations and discussions ....

Doing Content Right

Overview Step Smith is one of my favorite Twitter follows to learn about earning money online, living like a digital nomad and most of all, to learn about growth tactics (she’s grown multiple newsletter and online publications), so when she published Doing Content Right I instantly bought it, and it didn’t disappoint. The book is very easy to read, and it’s not meant to be read top-bottom. Treat it like a recipe book but instead of food, the end results are better newsletter CTAs, content design and placement, and overall better online presence for your content....

Awareness

Overview A monologue that reads like someone whispering kind truths to your ear over and over until you understand what life is about. This is a book to re-read constantly and to use as a tool when one is lost in the midst of life. Notes & Highlights Waking Up Spiritually means waking up All mystics—Catholics, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion—are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well...

Algorithms to Live By

Overview Even if you're a computer scientists (like myself) this is a great book that will teach you about important computer science principles using everyday situations and will help you to apply them to your daily life. Much as we use checklists, rules of thumbs and mental models to guide our thinking and decision making processes, algorithms—and the theory behind them—can be a great addition to our mental toolbox. Notes and Highlights They don't need a therapist; they need an algorithm....

Book Summary: The Little Book of Commonsense Investing By John Bogle

Overview This book has good general investment advice but I was expecting it to be much more. If this is the first book on investing that you read or if you're not even vaguely familiar with the ideas of value investing and index funds, then it can serve as a well-rounded introduction to the subject. It was written by John C. Bogle himself, the creator of index funds and the founder of The Vanguard Group an investment firm with more than 6 trillion assets under management....

Book Summary:Money By Tony Robbins

Overview I am a Tony Robbins fan. I’ve listened to some of his audios and I am always trying to learn more from him. I got this book soon after having moved to the USA. As I was starting my career I wanted to understand how to own my finances and put money to work for me and not the other way around. This book didn’t disappoint. It is full with clear tips and resources and it has an awesome section full with interviews to the best of the best in finance....

Why We Sleep By Mathew Walker

Notes and Highlights Note: Many claims in the book have been debunked. While I still think it is a very good piece of writing with good tips for better health overall, I wouldn’t take everything that the book says at face value (one never should do this). Read this article for more information. Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer....

Doing Good Better By William MacAskill

Overview I learned about the Effective Altruism and 80,000 hours projects while I was a student at Oxford University. Since then I’ve always checked their sites for useful information about career progression and how to better help and contribute to causes that I care about. This book is an introduction to the Effective Altruism mentality. It demystifies many commonly held myths about charities and donations by using scientific reasoning. I enjoyed it 100% and whenever I want to contribute to a charity that I care about I consult this book first!...

Idea Makers By Stephen Wolfram

Overview This book was one of the best books I read this year. The exposition is clear and refreshing. Wolfram writes with clarity and speaks from experience, relating many of the stories to his own work on celullar automata and Mathematica. The set of characters that he chose to wrote about is also peculiar and fun. There are essays about historical figures that had an influence in his work but that he never met....

The Control Of Nature By John McPhee

Overview The third, and final, essay, Los Angeles against the Mountains, describes the fight that the fight of the citizens of Southern California against nature. The focus is on the debris flows that slide down the mountains after heavy rains and the subsequent fires that hit most of California during the dry season in the fall. This was the essay I related to the most. Not only I live in California and understand all the challenges that it means to live here, but the descriptions of the debris flows brought sad memories of the Vargas tragedy where, after weeks of continuous rain, the mountains slid towards the sea killing and burying everything in their path....