What I’m Reading Now:
Atlas Shrugged– Ayn Rand
From Pieces to Weight– 50 Cent
Meditations (partial reread)
Consequences of Employment Protection? The Case of Americans with Disabilities Act (Academic Paper)
How to Be Creative– Huge MacLeod
A Farewell to Alms– Gregory Clark
It’s a really fascinating book about Malthusian traps and the Industrial Revolution. The basic assertions ishat life in from 5,000 BC to 1800 AD was almost completely unchanged. And that the gains from hunter-gatherer societies to preindustrial societies were abysmally small compared to the changes from preindustrial to industrial. But within the span of 1200-1800 AD, the rich were massively more successful reproductively and thus their values outpaced the poor’s values, and we were left with the Western man. Without the trickling down of the genes of the successful, industrialism never would have been possible. So that it wasn’t technology or institutions facilitated the paradigm shift but rather the culture created by specific natural selection in England.
I’ll post more when I’ve finished.
You fly through books so quickly. Are you able to efficiently grasp the key concepts in every book you read. I’m reading “How to read a book” by Adler and the process he recommends seems time consuming to really digest a book. Have you perfected something like this or developed some other technique on your own.
I’m sure the more you read the better reader you become but dam, you’re a vacuum son.
I’ve had to slow down to about once a week because I’ve been working so much but I have a big post on this coming. I’ve taken pictures of a bunch of books I;ve tabbed out and i will explain it all.
Ryan I read books a lot and I feel when reading them as fast as you do that I can read them and learn the basic lessons, morals, etc. But I feel its hard to digest them and keep the topics and concepts of the books in my thoughts for a long time thereafter. Do you have this same disconnect?
Actually I just read that and it didn’t say what I wanted it to. Basically I want to know if the concepts of self conduct you wish to incorporated into yourself actually do make it into your personality. I am also a college student and I feel at times it is easy for these things to get lost in the mass of shit you have to do. That is, I find its hard to stop and consciously change your mannerisms to ones you’d like better.
“Without the trickling down of the genes of the successful, industrialism never would have been possible.”
I’m 80 pages into Ayn Rand, is she worth the read?