book notes

A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine

a concise, accessible summary of stoicism as a "philosophy of life"

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Dan Pink introduces the “High Concept” and “High Touch” and why we need them and how to improve them by working on Pink’s Six Senses, “the essential R-directed aptitudes”.

Influence by Robert Cialdini

Cialdini writes about 6 "weapons of influence" that prey on our evolutionary or cultural tendency to take cognitive shortcuts when making decisions, often using only one piece of the total information available.

The Unwritten Laws of Engineering by WJ King

Covers the administrative and organizational dynamics of engineering that you aren't taught in school.

Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

A good researched-backed complement to Buddhism. It partially answers the question of why we can't seem to stay in the present moment.

The Social Animal by David Brooks

a wonderful story that showcases the latest research into the depths of our unconscious brain

Linchpin by Seth Godin

this book has molded my mindset about my career more than any other book - linchpins make the world go 'round

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

A harrowing story about a decades-long effort to cast doubt on the science that has resulted in confusion and delayed action on tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, DDT, and of course, climate change.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection is a guidebook on what Brené calls Wholehearted Living. She offers the stuff that gets in the way of living this sort of life and the 10 "guideposts" that make Wholehearted people so, well, whole.