In the last year I've been reading and I've come out the other side with a profound change in my understanding of why the human world is how it is, why we do what we do and how we make decisions.
We're more connected as a species than we've ever been previously. As a result we see and hear of so many world events every day and many people worry what the future might hold.
My view is that the first step in solving any problem is to first understand it. If we want to stop war and suffering we need to first understand human beings, we need to understand what goes on inside our heads and how our societies are shaped and influenced.
These 8 books got me started on that journey. I've barely scratched the surface. I'm sharing them with you now in case you'd like to go on that journey too.
Here they are...
The Origin Of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics
- Eric Beinhocker
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
- Jonathan Haidt
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- Yuval Noah Harari
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Thinking, Fast and Slow
- Daniel Kahneman
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
- Jonathan Gottschall
Lila: an Inquiry into Morals
- Robert Pirsig
Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
- Frederic Laloux
Have you read any of these books? Did they help inform your understanding?