Books worth reading

Ruskin wrote that what good books give us is not knowledge, but sight. This is an eclectic mix of fifty books that have piqued my interest and broadened my understanding of the human condition.

This list will, hopefully, give you a good starting-point from whence to further your understanding. We read into books in our own unique and individual way, and insights gleaned may not always coincide.

Philosophy

Man on his Nature by Charles Sherrington

In 1940, Sir Charles Sherrington presented a series of lectures to the Royal Society

Pragmatism (and other essays) by William James

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The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir

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The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt

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Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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Science

Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson

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Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf

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The Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought:Kepler to Einstein by Gerald Holton

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Seven Clues to the Origin of Life by Graham Cairns-Smith

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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman

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Psychology

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less by Guy Claxton

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Mindfulness by Dr. Ellen J. Langer

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Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett

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The body in the mind: The bodily basis of meaning, imagination, and reason by Mark Johnson

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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

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The Unconscious before Freud by Lancelot Law Whyte

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Literature

Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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Spirituality

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

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The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman

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