Books I’m Currently Reading, December 31, 2013

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Average Is Over    Tyler Cowen

I have written numerous posts on this book and I am currently reading the chapter on education: An excerpt from page 179:

“Whether we will remain a middle class society of not depends firstly on how many will prove to be effective working with intelligent machines. One percent of the population? Ten percent? Fifty percent?

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Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence     Daniel Goleman

I have read approximately sixty pages and there are some nuggets thus far. An excerpt from page 48:

“It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds. Utter concentration demands these inner voices be stilled. Start to substract sevens successively from 100 and, if you keep your focus on the task, your chatter zone goes quiet.”

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Out Of Control: The New Biology Of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World  Kevin Kelly

Even though this book was written in 1994, this is my third reading of this book and Mr. Kelly had done an unbelievable job in explaining and bringing together various topics such as emergent behavior, economics, ecology and prediction. I highly recommend this book!!!


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