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What are the books that saved Chris Anderson?

In his talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_shares_his_vision_for_ted.html

Chris mentions that, “books kind of saved me in the last couple years, and that's a gift that I would like to pass on.”

I am curious to know what those books are. Does anybody know?

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    Mar 13 2012: Ah, there's a long answer to that... But for now, here are just a couple that made a big impression on me.

    Steve Pinker's How the Mind Works. I had studied philosophy at university. I found his lens of evolutionary psychology eye-opening and convincing.

    Jonathan Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis. I read a lot of books on happiness. I think this one did the best job of pulling all the pieces together, although Dan Gilbert's Stumbling on Happiness also is incredible.

    David Deutsch's The Fabric of Reality. I loved his ability to connect scientific thinking with a whole theory of understanding that required you to pull together knowledge from many different fields. It helped convince me to go ahead with my foundation's acquisition of TED ! David's more recent book The Beginning of Infinity is even more spectacular.

    OK... that's the short version. There were many others. All pretty heady stuff, but I found them thrilling, even the parts I struggled to understand.

    Today, I would add three new favorite books. Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist, Steve Pinker's book on the decline of violence "Better Angels" and "The Blue Sweater" by Jacqueline Novogratz. OK, I'm married to her, but the book really changed how I thought about global poverty, and the smart way to tackle it.
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      Mar 14 2012:  
      Thank you for sharing, Mr. Anderson.
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    Mar 14 2012: And my follow up question would be: What should be my next book?!
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      Mar 14 2012: A couple pop into my mind:>)

      The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
      Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Feel The Fear and do it anyway - Susan Jeffers
      The Science of Mind - Ernest Holmes

      Have fun!!!
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      Mar 14 2012: Hello, I'd like to recommend Dr. Iain McGilchrist's book The Master and his emissary.

      I think it helps to shed light on what there is that is 'other' than rationality. He relates some common threads between different areas of human endeavor such as philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, mental health, art, government and cultural evolution of values.

      I especially like the idea that within our skulls is an organ that has both the ability to interact with the world with a delicate relational understanding, and simultaneously the articulate ability to grasp, categorize and abstract from the world, concepts and things which we can use and understand with clarity.

      Thank you for your effort and contribution in helping to share and bring knowledge, new insights and profound experiences to so many.

      Best Regards,
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      Mar 14 2012:  
      If you are looking for new-ish books, then I would like to recommend:

      Uncertainty - Jonathan Fields
      Mindset - Carol Dweck
      Moonwalking With Einstein - Joshua Foer
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      Mar 14 2012: ‘Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… Understanding philosophy -through jokes-‘ by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein

      I’m reading it now and it is a pleasant brain tickler. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. And even when you get it, you’re not entirely sure what you got :)