Matthieu Miossec

Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),

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What book would you recommend to your fellow TEDsters?

In many of the conversations that have taken place here, people have brought up the titles of books that they have found very insightful, if not life-changing, in the context of these conversations. Here is an excuse to bring up your favourite books outside of context. So which book or books would you recommend to your fellow TEDsters?

Closing Statement from Matthieu Miossec

A lot of great books, everybody should have a look at the list.

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    Jun 28 2011: I'd recommend most of the books from the TED book club. But also books by Dan Ariely, Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and many TED speakers. You can find a longer list of recommended reading here: http://www.martinhassel.no/books/recommendedbooks.html
    Enjoy!
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    Jun 30 2011: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is fantastic for all those who are environmentally inclined and like humor in their literature
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      Jun 30 2011: I read another book by Bill Bryson called "A short history of nearly everything". He's the chancellor of Durham so he gave my graduation speech last year. Good man.
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        Jun 30 2011: Oh, that's another good one by him -- especially if you haven't been exposed to the topics included (chemistry, quantum mechanics, etc).
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          Jul 1 2011: Ye I really liked that one too. I'll check out some of his others.
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      Jul 1 2011: Great travel book by a gifted travel writer. read his others: "Sunburned Country" (Australia) "The Mother Tongue" (A short history of the English Language).
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    Jun 29 2011: 5 books, 5 great authors, 5 different and amazing topics. Hope you'll like them, I liked them a lot:

    1. Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
    2. Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees
    3. Somerset Maugham - The Moon and Sixpence
    4. Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
    5. William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair
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    Jun 29 2011: Matthieu - can your next "call for recommendations" be about favorite documentaries? I'd love to hear what this group likes
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    Jun 28 2011: The life-changing book for me: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    I got to know my wife for 17 years.

    And there is a film of the french philosopher, a star in france, Bernhard Stiegler.
    He changed my perception of policy today!
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    Jun 28 2011: 19 current books on my "next" list:

    1. International Differences in Well-Being by Ed Diener, Daniel Kahneman and John Helliwell
    2. China: A New History by John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman
    3. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405 – 1433 by Edward L. Dreyer
    4. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the making of the Modern World Economy by Kenneth Pomeranz
    5. Kaizen Express: Fundamentals for Your Lean Journey by Toshiko Narusawa and John Shook
    6. Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother
    7. Principles of Marketing, 12th Edition by Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong (unless there is a 13th, 14th or more recent edition.)
    8. Leaders, Fools and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership by Manfred Kets De Vries
    9. The Optimism Bias: A Tour Of The Irrationally Positive Brain by Tali Sharot
    10. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
    11. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, and Patrick M. Lencioni
    12. The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
    13. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman, (2011.) New York: Free Press. ISBN 978-1-4391-9075-3
    14. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman
    15. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager: How to Develop and Use the Four Key Emotional Skills of Leadership by David R. Caruso and Peter Salovey
    16. The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today by Martin Seymour-Smith Results-Based Leadership by Dave Ulrich, Jack Zenger and Norm Smallwood
    17. Make Work Great: Super Charge Your Team, Reinvent the Culture, and Gain Influence One Person at a Time by Edward G. Muzio
    18. The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
    19. The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
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      Jun 29 2011: Um, do you mind if I plug a USB into your brain and try to instantly glean your awesomeness like the Matrix movie. Wow, you are a wealth of knowledge. It's obvious you have a passion for learning (and I'm guessing teaching too)
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        Jun 29 2011: That would be cool ... have we worked out how to do it yet?

        And to answer your other question: Yes I label tabs.

        But only the important ones.
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    Jun 27 2011: 'War is a force that gives us meaning' by Chris Hedges

    'A people's history of the United States 1492-Present' by Howard Zinn

    'God is not great' Christopher Hitchens

    If you fancy a French novel 'La part de l'autre' and 'L'Évangile selon Pilate' by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt are very ammusing and original.

    Anyone into Spanish Literature may appreciate 'Don Quijote' by Miguel de Cervantes and 'La vida es sueño' by Calderón de la Barca.

    Anything by Mamet, Oscar Wilde or Willy Russell
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      Jun 27 2011: 'La part de l'autre' is the best book of fiction I have read in French.
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        Jun 27 2011: Me too, then again I've not read that many books in French yet. Can you recommend any other books in French? Bearing in mind I'm still learning.
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          Jun 27 2011: I haven't read that many books in French to be honest. I have always preferred reading in English. I remember enjoying "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" by Sebastien Japrisot and "Vipère au poing" by Herve Bazin. These are books I read as part of my French classes.
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        Jun 27 2011: I feel like I'm missing out on a lot only knowing English. Roll on the matrix style learining machines :)
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        Jun 27 2011: Yes I suppose. Although I'd get the plot I've heard that many translations loose a lot of subleties and asthetics of the originals.
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        Jun 29 2011: Hi Matthieu,

        Merci beaucoup. I will definitely look them up. Roal Dahl was one of my favourites when I started learning English.

        I hear you like writing short stories and 'Save the cat' by Screenwriter Blake Snyder might be of interest to you.
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    Jun 27 2011: Non fiction:
    The Happiness Hypothesis (Haidt)
    Freedom evolves (Dennet)
    Probability, the logic of science (Jayness)
    The voyage of the beagle (Darwin)
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Wittgenstein)
    Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (Nietsche)
    The Moral Landscape (Harris)
    The Man who mistook his wife for a hat (Sachs)

    Fiction:
    L'étranger (Camus)
    The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy (Adams)

    For those who read them all, i could start recommending more ;-)
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      Jun 27 2011: 'The man who mistook his wife for a hat' is another one of these books that rank highly in my list of books to read.

      I take it you know what the answer to life, the universe and everything is...
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  • Jun 30 2011: Crowds manipulation
    1 The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind ; Gustave le Bon
    2 Propaganda ; Edward Bernays
    3 Manufacturing consent ; Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman

    Petit traité de vie intérieure ; Frederic Lenoir (only in French I think but really, really inspiring ! :)
  • Jun 29 2011: Mistakes were made (but not by me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. This book address the rampant use of self-justification in our everyday lives, as well as how the same mechanism led to some very questionable decisions for high profile individuals. Simply fascinating and frightening.

    Stumbling on happiness by Dan Gilbert. My pet interest in happiness and why it is more of a pursuit and fleetingly attainable although we chase it like once we capture it, it will always be there. If you are interested in that idea, Bertrand Russell has a nice one called The Conquest of Happiness
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    Jun 29 2011: le sage de badjagara:ahmadou hampathe ba
    l'alchimiste:paulo coelho
    l'homme qui rit :victor hugo
    le monde s'effondre:chenua achebe
    le prophete:khalil gibran
    une si longue lettre :Mariama ba
  • Jun 29 2011: I will just stick to the first five good books that come to me, and might be good for TED users;

    The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins
    A piece of cake - Cupcake Brown
    The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Good Omens - Neil Gaiman
  • Jun 29 2011: In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel, and they asked many to nominate your favorite books. Below is the link for that which is totaling to 100:

    www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

    What do you think about Traditional Books VS Digital Books? Which type is friendly or easy to read?

    Thank you
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    Jun 29 2011: I just read the Time Machine by HG Wells it's like pornography for sci fi geeks. Can't believe I never got around to reading him.
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      Jun 29 2011: Have you read 'War of The Worlds' by the same author? Absolutely riveting!
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        Jun 29 2011: For sure, I'm going to download a bunch of his stories now that I discovered him. I also wanna read some of them which deal with utopian/anti-utopian societies.
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          Jun 29 2011: In the sci-fi genre I would also strongly recommend the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov and Contact by Carl Sagan (his only work of fiction sadly).
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        Jun 29 2011: Cool, thanks.
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    Jun 29 2011: "The natural Way to Draw" Nikolaides
    "Watchmen" Alan Moore, John Higgins, Barry Marx and Dave Gibbons
    "Book of Tea" Kakuzo Okakura
    "Faust 1" Goethe
    "Selekted Works of T.S. Spivet" Reif Larsen
    "The Laws of Simplicity" John Maeda
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      Jun 29 2011: Watchmen is a great graphic novel. In terms of graphic novels I'd also recommend 'Logicomix' which is about Bertrand Russel.
  • Jun 29 2011: Here are a few books I would recommend:

    "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" by Charles Darwin
    "There is a God" by Antony Flew
    "Signature In The Cell" by Stephen C. Meyer
    "Has Christianity Failed You?" by Ravi Zacharias
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    Jun 28 2011: Everyone should read Freakonomics if not already by Steven Levitt. I have read it twice now and it fascinates me every time. Also, Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene is great for all physics lovers.

    Also, my favorite non fiction books are by Dan Brown and Steinbeck. Most of all, East of Eden.
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    Jun 28 2011: On my "next" list:

    Classics:
    • Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
    • Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides
    • Summa Theologicae by Thomas Aquinas
    • Discourse on Method by René Descartes
    • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
    • Works by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
    • The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton aka Democritus Junior (written in 1621)
    • Pensées by Blaise Pascal
    • Ethics by Baruch de Spinoza
    • Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
    • The Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley
    • A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
    • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
    • Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
    • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
    • Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
    • An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Robert Malthus
    • Phenomenology of Spirit by George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    • The World as Will and Idea by Arthur Schopenhauer
    • Course in the Positivist Philosophy by Auguste Comte
    • On War by Carl Marie von Clausewitz
    • Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard
    • "Civil Disobedience," Henry David Thoreau
    • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
    • First Principles by Herbert Spencer
    • Pragmatism by William James
    • The Mind and Society by Vilfredo Pareto
    • Psychological Types by Carl Gustav Jung
    • The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper
    • The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes
    • Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
    • Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
    • Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky
    • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by T. S. Kuhn
    • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
    • Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B. F. Skinner
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    Jun 28 2011: I want to read more... I keep reading the same books over and over.

    "A Walk In the Woods", Bill Bryson
    "The Poetry of Robert Frost"
    "Dreams From My Father", Barack Obama
    "The Bridge", David Remnik
    "On the Road", Jack Kerouak
    "To the Lighthouse", Virginia Woolf
    "Sons and Lovers" DH Lawrence
    "The Mother Tongue", Bill Bryson
    "Water for Elephants", Sara Gruen
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    Jun 28 2011: Origin of the Species; Charles Darwin
    Origin of the Family, private property & the State; Frederick Engels
    A Brief History of Time; Stephen Hawking
    Old Man & The Sea; Ernest Hemingway
    Oedipus; Sophocles
    The Prophet; Kahlil Jibran
    Rubaiyat Omar; Khayyam
    War and Peace; Leo Tostoy
    Mother; Maxim Gorki
    La Miserable; Victor Hugo
    Geetanjali; Ravindranath Tagore
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    Jun 28 2011: Matthieu,

    Thank you for starting the conversation, please extend it for as long as possible.

    1984 - George Orwell,
    And Quiet Flows the Don - Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov,
    To Live - Yu, Hua
    Brothers - Yu, Hua
    Soul Mountain - Gao, Xingjian
    One Man's Bible - Gao, Xingjian
    A Personal Odyssey - Thomas Sowell
    随想录-巴金,
    墓碑-杨继绳,
    活着 - 余华,
    兄弟 - 余华,
    灵山 - 高行健,
    一个人的圣经 - 高行健,
  • Jun 28 2011: An older favorite of mine - A brief history of time - Hawking
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    Jun 27 2011: For people who are interested in anthropoloy and biology, i recommend an amazing book:"The Cosmic Serpent, DNA and the Origins of Knowledge" of Jeremy Narby.
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    Jun 27 2011: Probably the best non-fiction book I've read of late is Sam Harris' "The Moral Landscape". In it Sam argues (quite successfuly imo) that we can develop a scientific understanding of morality, what constitues a good life and how to go about achieving it.

    I'd like to throw a fiction book in here also, mainly because its bloody brilliant and is very relevant today.
    Frank Herberts' "Dune"
    One of those fiction works that can rightly be called a masterpeice.
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      Jun 26 2011: For anyone who has an interest in biology: 'The Selfish Gene' by Richard Dawkins.
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        Jun 27 2011: You might have already read the following by Dawkins but I think they are great books too.

        'The greatest show on earth: the evidence for evolution'.

        'The God Delusion'.
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          Jun 27 2011: Yes I have read them both. By Richard Dawkins I have read: 'The selfish gene', 'The blind watchmaker' (signed by the man himself), 'the God Delusion',' The Greatest Show on Earth' and I'm almost done with 'The Extended Phenotype'. I've also read 'Dawkins vs. Gould' which is not by him, but about him.
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        Jun 27 2011: I wasn't familiar with the last two; I'll check them out. 'The blind watchmaker' is already on my list.
      • Jun 29 2011: I think the selfish gene is brilliant, as an entry to Dawkins I would always suggest "the blind watchmaker" first, although it makes little difference.
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          Jun 29 2011: I started with 'The Selfish Gene' because I did not want 'The God Delusion' to be my first exposition to Richard Dawkins (he's a biologist after all). Became an instant favourite.
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    Jul 3 2011: "Do I have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by You" by Margaret and Jordan Paul
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    Jul 3 2011: Jean Liedloff's "The Continuum Concept"

    Especially if you are planning on having children or know anyone who is planning on having children or even it you're just interested in children and childrearing.
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    Jul 1 2011: Well other books can be worth reading are

    Da Vinchi Code Dan Brown
    Monk Who Sold His Ferari Robin Sharma
    Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
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    Jul 1 2011: Anything wrong with TED system ?
    Why Ben Javis' same post came so many times?
    What does it mean by Jan 1, 1970 ? Is Ben's birthday ?
    TED might need to upgrade it's "Technology" here !!!
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    Jul 1 2011: "The French Lieutenant's Woman", "The Magus" and "The Collector" - all by John Fowles. Beautiful writing.
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    Jul 1 2011: I would recommend "the geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner and "the book of Life" by J Krishnamurti.
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    Jul 1 2011: Almost anything by David Sedaris.Brilliant humorist/satirist. He rivals Mark Twain in my book.Try these: "Barrel Fevel", "Me Talk Pretty One Day", Naked".
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      Jun 30 2011: not this one
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      Jun 30 2011: I don't recall having made that mistake.

      "It's correct to say...?" is wrong. You meant to say: "is it correct to say...?"

      If you're going to try to prove that your English is better than mine, check your own English first. You're making a fool out of yourself. Why bother? All you're doing is confusing people.
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    Jun 30 2011: "Cape Cod" by Henry David Thoreau
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    Jun 30 2011: Here are two other really good books "To kill a mockingbird" by Harper Lee (most of you will have heard of this classic) and in a totally different vein "Surely you must be joking Mr.Feynman" by Prof. Richard P. Feynman.
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    Jun 30 2011: 'The Idiot' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    I've just been lent this one by a friend so haven't read it yet however I'm looking forward to reading it.
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    Jun 29 2011: The Quran
    the word Quran is from the verb Qra which mean read
    so Quran mean the most read like fastest from verb fast
    and by statistic Quran is the most read every day
    the book title (The Most Read) and in real life its the most read
    http://transliteration.org/quran/
    • Jun 29 2011: You promote The Quran as the best-seller .
      What exactly are you trying to accomplish here?
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        Jun 29 2011: The same thing every body here trying to do when he share his best book
        He found it useful and wish other people find it useful too
        I found Quran useful and I wish other find it useful too
        Specially this book is for people not for Muslims only as many may thinks
        (the month of Ramadan (the nine month by lunar calendar) which the Quran was revealed as a guidance to people)2/185
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        Jun 29 2011: See my post below...
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      Jun 29 2011: Could you recommend other books that speak to a wider audience such as all the people who don't care about Islam here? Thanks.
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        Jun 29 2011: You did not made this condition upfront
        you said "your favourite book"
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          Jun 29 2011: Oh I'm not saying you're not allowed to. Sorry if my sentence came out as aggressive. Now that I re-read it, it does seem a little negative.That's fine. I just wanted to see if you had any other books you'd recommend apart from the Koran as I think we all assume it's your favourite. I hope you can forgive my poor choice of words.
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        Jun 29 2011: @Matthieu,Abdel Rahman here is trying to tell you what he thinks is the best.There is always the "what if"s you know...what if people are interested in the Koran? how would we know,right?
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        Jun 29 2011: I'll have to disagree with you on this point Mattieu. Your topic was merely about which book you think others should read. A simple statement suggesting the Quran (or the Bible) should be allowed without being attacked. There are plenty of reasons to read religious texts asside from seeking truth, which I dont believe they contain. I'm sure one can gain a better understanding of history and literature of the west by reading the bible and of the middle east by reading the Quran.

        If he had used this as a platform to begin spouting religious dogma then I would object to that but he didn't. He simply recommended a book he likes.
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        Jul 1 2011: A note from a friend by Tony Robbins
        cheap in price rich in meaning and the best part you can read it in 30 min or less
        by the way Robbin had a Ted talk here
        http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do.html
  • Jun 29 2011: Power and love: A theory and practice of social change by Adam Kahane.
  • Jun 28 2011: Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas
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    Jun 28 2011: I am currently interested in what is termed "Philosophia Perennis". So I'm reading some of the writings of Ananda K Coomaraswamy, Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell. AKC has a deep penetrative insight in the comparative study of world philosophies and the interpretation and meaning of art, both primeval (not "primitive") and modern. He sees the purpose of art not merely as an expression of individual sense of beauty, but also as a necessary and systematic ritual that corresponds to some symbolization of universal processes in nature and human.

    I am also in the middle of C. G. Jung's 'Psychology of the Unconscious' where among other things he discusses the seemingly unobservable source of our observable conscious selves. More interestingly, this book brought about the split between Freud and Jung, and so I want to see what Jung said that made Freud so mad. Especially their differences regarding the origin of libido.
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    Jun 28 2011: One for self, one for others, one for finance.

    "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie - an oldie but goody.
    "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George Classon
    "Siddartha" Herman Hesse
  • Jun 28 2011: 'We are like that only' by Rama Bijapurkar
    I recently came across this book that talks about Indian market diversity and immunity to the machinations of MNCs. Some of statistics given in the book are very surprising and refreshing one which completely bowled out me. recommend this book to people looking at growth markets.
    Check it out
    http://www.amazon.com/Are-Like-That-Only-Understanding/dp/0143065971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1309285837&sr=8-1
  • Jun 28 2011: Alfred Korzybsky introduce the concept of humans as the time-binding species of life. The only species on earth that has a history and knows that it has a history.
    I recommend his "Manhood of Humanity" (1921). It launched the discipline known as General Semantics and inspired further movements like Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Dianetics. His "magnum opus" is "Science and Sanity" (1933) ("sanity", or lack of it, being applicable to societies as well as individuals).
    Korzybski's thought and philosophy is particularly relevant, 90 years later, in light of the warning and the expression of hope with which the video ended.
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    Jun 28 2011: Man's Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl
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    Jun 28 2011: "The Blue and Brown Books" by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1965, Harper Torchbooks)
    "Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates" by Slavoj Žižek (2002, Verso)
    "Possible Worlds" by Rod Girle (2003, McGill-Queen's University Press)
    "Undoing Gender" by Judith Butler (2004, Routledge)
    "Things Merely Are: Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens" by Simon Critchley (2005, Routledge)
    "Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder" by David Weinberger (2007, Times Books)
    "Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations" by Clay Shirky (2009, Penguin)
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    Jun 28 2011: The Heart of Whitenss - Robert Jenson (less than 100 pages)
    How We Think - John Dewey (less than 200 pages)
    Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire
    Everything on Mortimer J. Adler's list of Great Books (classics)
  • Jun 28 2011: "Converstations that Matter: A Path to Personal and Professional Growth" by Lorne Ellingson
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    Jun 28 2011: Mastering the Art of French Cooking.--Julia Child
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    Jun 28 2011: I am currently reading through a list of about 100 books - other than those listed below. I expect it to take another 18 months or so (I'm part way through already.)

    The lists below are the next up although I am reading some of them now. Some I have read already and want to re-read.

    What topics interest you?
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      Jun 28 2011: I wish I could read as fast as you can. I read a lot, but I read so slowly.
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        Jun 28 2011: I also read slowly. I'm dyslexic. I read with a pen, two colours of highlighter, and post-it page markers (stick on tabs.) That way I can review a whole book rather quickly.

        I don't watch TV and I read for work and pleasure.
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          Jun 29 2011: I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who uses pens, highlighters and stick on tabs. Are you a geek like me and even label your tabs?
    • Jun 28 2011: What criteria did you use in making your selection?
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        Jun 28 2011: It depends. I have a personal interest in general science, physics, neurobiology, religion, management, leadership, diet and cycling.

        If I am working on something, like I am now (developing management training for Chinese business people) I start with a book - say, Drucker's "Management" or "The Concept of the Corporation" and then, if he mentions another book, say, Maslow on Management, I'll buy that and read it. Then, if Maslow mentions a book, I'll get it, and so on. I find that's an excellent way to cover a topic fairly deeply. My feeling is, if an author mentions another author's work, it is probably pretty good.

        The "classics" on my list come from googling the 100 most influential books of all time and selecting the ones that interest me. Some I already had; most I knew about; some, I had never heard of.

        Sometimes, I read fiction ... but not often. When I do, it's probably something like Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.
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    Jun 28 2011: i recommend to my ted they should read history books
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    Jun 28 2011: For One More Day-Mitch Albom.

    This book is just simply awesome!!!! totally love it!!!! you guys should read it!!!
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    Jun 28 2011: Susan Aldridge, Seeing Red Feeling Blue for human being management.

    Dr. Atkins & similar diet books which makes you understand how agriculture poisons you.

    1984 - George Orwell is propably only book what some politicians have ever read :)

    Robin Cook - Virus & Vector... not from the book, but gives an idea that some day our washing machines turns into "virus and bacteria fermenters" (thanks to low temperatures and mixing eColied underwear and other clothers) .. and when terrorists finds out way to poison our water?

    Michael Richton - Next 2006 gives an idea what we will see some say if not present already.
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    Jun 28 2011: Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton right after you put down the Selfish gene. What a juxtaposition of reading.
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    Jun 28 2011: The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. A fun to read fantasy series.
  • Jun 28 2011: I would personally recommend 'Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth' by Mirza Tahir Ahmed. The book covers concepts as widespread as the history of the universe, religions, evolution, science and many other topics. It is a joy to read and regardless of whether or not you agree with the author, its impossible not to gain some knowledge from it.
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    Jun 28 2011: I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged
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      Jun 28 2011: it was good but imo anthem was better, have you read it?
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    Jun 27 2011: PiHkAl- Alexander shulgin ( the first half)
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    Jun 27 2011: The most life changing books that I have read are 'Ultimate power' and 'Awaken the giant within' by Anthony Robbins.

    These self-help books gave me the tools to be more confident in my abilities and search for success not only in work but in my family life as well.

    Untill 'Awaken the giant within' was recommended to me I had never thought about self-help books as I didn't see that my life required improvement. For this reason I would say that even if you feel you are the most successful person you know, there is always room for improvement.
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    Jun 27 2011: The original version of "Thoughts are Things" by Prentice Mulford
    • Jun 28 2011: Along a similar vein, The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
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      Jun 28 2011: Have you read "Molecules of Emotion" by Candace Pert? I'm guessing you would like it.
      • Jun 30 2011: Thanks Thomas. I will check out that one.
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      Jul 3 2011: This is a great One, Anne. I agree. It is among the best I have read. Try The Book of Life, by JK.
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    Jun 27 2011: For anyone who wants to look at their current business differently or start a company, I highly recommend Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/book

    Another great book is Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. It's a quick read with insightful principles on how to make your presentations simpler and more effective (something that TEDsters have been doing for a long time). http://www.presentationzen.com/
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      Jun 26 2011: I'm glad you mentioned two books because I had already made note of James Gleick's book following our debate with the Creationism squad.
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        Jun 27 2011: lol @ "Creationism Squad". I can almost imagine some comic book setup with Atheist Leage vs Creationism Squad. :)