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Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters – Brian Klass
Non-fiction / 11th April 2024

Review of Fluke Fluke tries to reframes our sense of who we are and how our world works. The author aims to dispel some of the damaging myths we pretend are true while exploring 3 facets of human experience that can help us understand ourselves. Storybook version of reality We focus on big, singular changes to expel big event, ignoring the small grains of sand that pile up and create avalanches. It is the storybook version of reality where everything that happens has a cause. To explain how we came to be who we are, we recognise the pivot points that so often were out of our control. But we ignore the invisible pivots, the moments that we will never realise were consequential, the near misses and the near hits that are unknown to us because we have never seen, and will never see, our alternative possible lives. That is why we are prone to inventing and clinging to false explanations in the face of seemingly random misfortune. Humans cannot easily accept randomness as an explanation for why we get cancer or end up in a car accident. Contingency vs convergence Contingency is the stuff happens theory while convergence is…

To Tell the Truth: The Age of Mind – Fred L. Fox
Non-fiction / 25th September 2023

Introduction To Tell the Truth is about making the reader’s life better. The author isolates the issues, identifies the problems and their causes, and offers a simple, practical and effective solution. I was asked to review this book. Author of To Tell the Truth Fred L Fox is an American retired geologist, entrepreneur, photographer, writer, rally champion, and jazz accordionist. Contents To Tell the Truth contains a preface, an introduction, 13 chapters which are divided into 3 parts and an appendix (A Peak Experience). Part 1 is It’s All About You and contains 6 chapters. Part 2 is A New Perspective: Thinking Creatively and is made up of 3 chapters. Part 3 is The Age of Mind and has 4 chapters. The chapters are: 1. Vital Relationships and What You Already Know 2. The Group: Group Relationships and Their Inherent Problems 3. Developing A Philosophy For Living 4. Beyond Community 5. Resolution Of The Problem 6. Doing It – Living The Good Life 7. Exploring Space – Looking For What Really Matters 8. Philosophy And The World Beyond: Something To Think About 9. Believe What You Already Know and Become Who You Already Are 10. The Philosophy Of Mind 11….

A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life – Heather Heying, Bret Weinstein
Non-fiction / 25th February 2023

Introduction A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century is about the evolution of our species and its future. The authors seek a single, consistent explanation of the observable universe that has no gaps, takes nothing on faith, and rigorously describes every pattern at every scale. Their aim is to introduce the readers to a robust scientific framework for understanding ourselves. I was attracted by the book title and would like to see its contents. Authors Heather Heying is an American evolutionary biologist, former professor, and author. Bret Weinstein is Heather’s husband. He is an American podcaster, author, and former professor of evolutionary biology. Contents A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century contains an introduction, 13 chapters, an epilogue, and an afterword. The chapters are: 1. The Human Niche 2. A Brief History of the Human Lineage 3. Ancient Bodies, Modern World 4. Medicine 5. Food 6. Sleep 7. Sex and Gender 8. Parenthood and Relationship 9. Childhood 10. School 11. Becoming Adults 12. Culture and Consciousness 13. The Fourth Frontier Review A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century is like a text book with lots of definition. Perhaps it is because its authors are two former professors. This book talks about…

Poor Charlie’s Almanack – Charlie Munger
Non-fiction / 11th March 2021

Introduction I have been wanting to read Poor Charlie’s Almanack for some time but could not find it. Recently, I managed to borrow this book. It contains the speeches and talks by the author himself. It wants to present the readers with Charlie’s general thought processes when considering an investment. Author Charlie Munger is an American investor and former real estate attorney. He is the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, so he is the partner of Warren Buffett. Content Poor Charlie’s Almanack has 4 chapters, an introduction, and Charlie Munger’s Recommended Books. Chapter 1 contains 4 subchapters. These are A Portrait of Charles T Munger By Michael Broggie, Praising Old Age, Remembering, The Children on Charlie, and And Bill Gates has to Say:. Chapter 2 is The Munger Approach to Life, Learning, and Decision Making. Chapter 3 is Mungerism: Charlie Unscripted Highlights from Recent Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco Financial Annual Meetings By Whitney Tilson. Chapter 4 is Eleven Talks. These talks include 1) Harvard School Commencement Speech, 2) A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom as It Relates to Investment Management and Business, 3) A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom, Revisited Stanford Law School, 4) Practical Though About Practical Thought?, 5)…