The all-star readings

Those are the books that deeply changed my view of the world or myself.

  • “Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari , don’t ask, just read it.
  • “Incerto: Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, The Bed of Procrustes, Antifragile” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, go read them.
  • “Mastering Bitcoin” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, this one requires basic mathematical and coding skills but understanding the core architecture of Bitcoin is mind-blowing.

I wish I did not lose my kindle with all my notes on them but in the future I will come back to those books and lay down their ideas. In a few words:

“Sapiens” is about how society built itself and what where the driving forces leading to now. You can not fight against the current state of society and its injustices if you do not understand how they first appeared.

“Incerto” is about the individual and its relationship with knowledge. There is the “unknown”, then there is the “unknown unknown” – that one is interesting and sometimes devastating. And then there was the realization that all the forecasts and mental models I was previously making were void in face of the “unknown unknown”. This series of books is very humbling and fascinating. Now at least I know that I don’t know. This is progress, cool.

“Mastering Bitcoin” gives you an overall understanding of what is Bitcoin, how does it operate, how it is built, why or why not it is such a fascinating subject. Spoiler alert : I find the subject highly interesting.