10 Most Important Books To Expand Your Brain
What is a book? A book is the map of man’s life and the life in nature. Every page of a great book is a storehouse of man’s best and noblest thoughts. In a library you meet all these mighty minds of the whole world.
But all books are not innocent. There is a flood of books today. A flood is always a bad thing. Even a flood of tears is bad. How can a flood of books be good, then? You must be careful of this. Don’t be carried away by this flood. It is good to live in the company of extraordinary books. But it is bad to fall in the company of bad books. Then also through the influence of good books you can pick up great characters without your knowing it. Therefore, you must select your companions with great care. You must make a choice wisely. Here by, am listing few of them to expand your mind.
1. Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers
Uncommon Sense by Andrew Pessin is a collection of ideas from some of history’s greatest philosophers. It’s a fast track exploration, starting with the Greeks Plato and Aristotle, and culminating with Thomas Nagel and David Chalmers. Pessin includes most of the thinkers you’ve at least heard of and boils their complicated thoughts down to their essence. More specifically, he examines their strange ideas, the ones that appear somewhat crazy or odd upon first glance, but can’t be dismissed outright when examined under the microscope.
2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
A meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught Victor about the primary purpose of life, the quest for meaning, which sustained those who survived. In examining the “intensification of inner life” that helped prisoners stay alive, he considers the transcendental power of love. After discussing the common psychological patterns that unfold in inmates, Frankl is careful to challenge the assumption that human beings are invariably shaped by their circumstances. Frankl recognizes suffering as an essential piece not only of existence but of the meaningful life. This book is surely to teach you the purpose of life.
3. How The Mind Work
What better way to expand your mind than by understanding more about it? Pinker is an experimental psychologist, linguist, cognitive scientist, and author. He’s forgotten more about our minds how we think and learn and language than most of us will ever know, but he explains it in a way that most of us can easily understand. This book looks not just at how the mind works, but tackles specific questions like why and how do we fall in love, why as rational beings we’re so often irrational, and how our brain allows us to see in three dimensions. If you have a question about your mind, the answer is probably here.
4. The Book and The Wisdom of Insecurity.
The Book deals with our place in the big picture. Our belief that we are isolated and separate from the universe is the root of the hostility and maliciousness we see in the world. Watts provides a framework for being human in this popular title, outlining the folly of our thinking, and how to adapt it.
In The Wisdom of Insecurity, Watts tackles our human need and desire for security in a strange and frightening universe. He highlights the fact that the only security comes from knowing we have no way to save ourselves. That may sound horrible, but as Watts explains it, it’s actually incredibly liberating.
5. MEDITATIONS BY MARCUS AURELIUS
This book was written decades ago but the powerful concepts remain same till today. This book is about self improvement and planning your work. This book is will provide guidance to self improvement. The writings take form of quotations varying in length from single sentence to deep extended paragraphs. The central theme of the book is to analyze your decisions of self and other developing a concise perspective.
6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
This book is about analyzing the successful and notifying the reason of the success. 10,000 hours of success concept is surely to make you understand what it takes a layman to become a top gun. The writings are surely to unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t.
7. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
This book is about relations of innovation to needs. You are surely to learn how eventually things happen, like the science of lenses was created. So microscopes were eventually created. So germs were eventually discovered. So modern medical science was discovered. This is the relation to needs and invention.
8. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
The book covers a wide range of topics from some of the leading minds in the world today. Brockman started with one simple question: what scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? Jonah Lehrer writes about willpower, Daniel Kahneman introduces the focusing illusion, and Charles Seife tackles randomness in the universe. And there are many more. The title promises to make you smarter. That’s the very definition of expanding your mind…so read on!
9. Antifragile : Things That Gain From Disorder
This book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb throws light on the part of things that get benefit from being exposed to unpredicted and uncertain challenges. Antifragile is all about hammered from all odd and volatile conditions and remaining the same. It’s about taking the direct hit from life and staying on the same path of success. This book will surely increase your durability to life.
10. The Alchemist
This book by Paulo Coelho packs a powerful punch in a small package. You could probably read the entire thing, cover to cover, in less than two hours. But don’t let that fool you. The book is translated into over 80 languages. With the core theme “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” the book has much more to show than words.
Expand your mind. Expand your thinking. Expand your horizons. As human beings, our duty lies in trying to understand ourselves and our surroundings as much as possible. These few books will most certainly set you down the right path and help expand your brain.