Sunday, 20 January 2019

Limes inferior - Janusz A. Zajdel

Argoland to perfidnie doskonale zorganizowany świat komputerowego porządku. Siedem klas intelektualnej przydatności obywateli. Nadzór i manipulacja, porządek wykluczający wolność i automatyzacja czyniąca obywatela zbędnym. Tak chory system musi generować najróżniejszej maści kombinatorów i bystrzaków próbujących przechytrzyć codzienność. Z tego światka wywodzi się Sneer, główna postać tej fantastycznej i nowatorskiej na polskim gruncie powieści stanowiącej właściwie gotowy scenariusz filmowy. To właśnie ten inteligentny kanciarz ma szansę rozpracować system tak nierealny i spychający Człowieka w niebyt, że wydawałoby się narzucony przez obcą cywilizację…
"Janusz dawał w swych książkach wzór odwagi i dowcipu, miał naturalny talent narracyjny, potrafił spożytkować i naukę, i fantastyczne przygody jako polityczne demaskacje bądź manifesty, w czym przypominał trochę swego mistrza Orwella. Ale też, tak jak Orwell w najlepszych dziełach, demonstrował rzadki pisarski dar trafiania w sedno."
Maciej Parowski

Friday, 21 December 2018

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness

With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.
Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.
With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness expert and author of Coming To Our Senses, Meng’s Search Inside Yourself is an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Free will - Sam Harris

A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. 

In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

https://www.amazon.com/Free-Will-Deckle-Edge-Harris/dp/1451683405

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Own the Day, Own Your Life

The founder and CEO of Onnit, the mega lifestyle brand and one of the fastest growing companies in the country, teaches us how one single day of positive choices leads to a lifetime of concrete strategies for better living, optimal performance, and a stronger mind, body, and spirit.
Human optimization thought leader Aubrey Marcus’s personal and professional mission rests on a single question: How can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis?
Marcus answers that question in Own the DayOwn Your Life an empowering handbook that guides readers to optimize every moment of the day, from waking in the morning, through work and play, until bedtime each night. With small, actionable changes implemented throughout the course of one day, we can feel better, perform more efficiently, and live happier. And these daily habits turn into weekly routines, ultimately becoming part of lifelong healthy choices.
From workouts and diet to inbox triage, mindfulness, shower temperature, and sex, this ground-breaking manual provides simple strategies for each element of your day. Drawing from the latest studies and traditional practices from around the world, Own the Day, Own Your Life delivers an optimization philosophy, including cutting-edge life-hacking tips, nutritional expertise, brain upgrades, and fitness regiments.
Own the Day, Own Your Life is a must-have "choose-your-own-adventure" guide for the everyman and everywoman—packed with pragmatic and effective strategies that empower you to enjoy your life, take charge of your health, and own the day.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? The Arc of Love

For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships. Hear six sets of people at different points in their quest for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a step-mother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a non-binary child desperate to connect with their single mother, a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that marriage doesn’t have to end after divorce, and more. Listen and better understand your own relationships through the struggles of these people and Esther’s remarkable insights.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Esther-Perels-Where-Should-Begin/dp/B07H7QRHQQ

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself


    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. 
    You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: 
    • Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. 
    • Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. 
    • Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. 
    • Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it.

Monday, 1 October 2018

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. 
     What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

https://www.amazon.com/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos/dp/0345816021