Julyan Davey
Musings on Life, Philosophy and Technology

Books

Tiny summary but detailed notes for each.

This page will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

Sorted with my top recommendations up top.

The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics by Hanzi Freinacht

The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics by Hanzi Freinacht

Date Read: 5/08/18

My rating: 10/10

This book has got me thinking like no other! It's the combination of two big ideas. First is that to solve the pressing problems of humanity we need to move towards a Welfare State 2.0 which is called The Listening Society. Second is the ideology that's going to get us there: metamodernism. The book is written in a 'metamodern' style. For example the author (who apparently is a creation) often combines being provocative, offensive and ironic whilst at the same time being totally serious about the fate of planet earth and the human race. A must read!

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Date Read: 27/07/18

My rating: 10/10

Great introduction to Alderian Psychology! Adler was one of the 'three giants' of 19th century psychology with Freud and Jung. This is told through a series of conversations between a philosopher and student which makes it hard to put down. Lots of counter intuitive wisdom!

Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Date Read: 15/10/16

My rating: 8/10

Epic psychology book on how to make lasting change happen! Packed full of ideas, stories and examples.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Date Read: 15/10/16

My rating: 8/10

Jonathan Haidt argues that we all have hard-wired moral intuitions that determine our religious and political allegiances. He believes that these moral instincts evolved to help us form communities and compete with other groups. This is only one side of an ongoing debate but it is still very interesting. Especially the later stuff about the 'hive switch'!