timeturnerjones
3 years ago10,000+ Views
8 Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read
According to an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit by Neil deGrasse Tyson (who you may know as a champion of science, or a genius of the cosmic identity!) 1. The Bible, to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself 2. The System of the World by Isaac Newton, to learn that the universe is a knowable place 3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth 4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos 5. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world 6. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself 7. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art 8. The Prince by Machiavelli, to learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it Tyson noted: "If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world." So, let's get reading! (I know I have quite a few on this list I need to get to...)
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@suranimh That's a great question. I don't know why the person phrased the question that way (that's exactly what he was asked). Do you have books you'd suggest those wanting to learn more read?
3 years ago·Reply
@timeturnerjones thanks for your understanding. perhaps was overreact on d title phrase; appear 2 undermind d not-so-intellectuals kind. if reading is for our self awareness of d world we live in, then any book, every book in all languages tell a story. Its a matter of who learn d lesson well; as a child learn not 2 play with fire..
3 years ago·Reply
Read all of these but 2 back in the day. 3 was dry but good. 4 I thought was boring. 6-8 were excellent reads. 5 is very hard to get through but a good read none-the-less.
3 years ago·Reply
@suranimh I totally understand! The title is a bit shocking... :) LIke you said, any learning and reading, the sharing of any story, is important and invaluable for our learning!!
3 years ago·Reply
@Spudsy2061 I had to read part of #5 before; not easy. Not Easy at all!! You're much farther on the list than me :)
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