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This is a list of books that I enjoyed reading recently. The order does not represent anything.

On Liberty

By John Stewart Mill

This book does not need an explanation!

Dignity

By Chris Arnade

This book takes the reader on a journey through the forgotten and “back row” towns in the U.S. Chris started with documenting addiction in the Bronx using photography after he quit his job in Wall Street. He then continued to travel through the country, from California to Ohio and documenting drug problems, faith, respect, and community among poor and forgotten people in the U.S. that are not represented in media.

Anaerobics - Destruction & Reconstruction

By Mark Baker

This book offers a practical approach to fitness and diet based on the premise of the antifragility of the human body. The author was a professional runner, and he describes his perspective on fitness and diet from a practical point of view. It is quite amusing and blunt, which I prefer, and helped me with developing a habit of intermittent fasting and weight lifting.

Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Major Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century

By Morton Meyers MD

This book surveys the history of medical discoveries. The central premise is that almost all the breakthroughs in medicine were a result of accidental discoveries of drugs, procedures that became mainstream treatments later on. These discoveries were a result of curious doctors working on specific issues on their own, not by the modern structure of research grants given to specific proposals by specialized committees. A notable example of the failure of the modern approach to medical discoveries is the war of cancer.

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The title says it all. It is always fun for me to see who gets offended by which aphorism.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book, which follows The Black Swan, is the core book of the “Incerto” series written by Taleb. He introduces a new concept, antifragility, and explains it through anecdotes and historical events in multiple areas such as financial markets, health, and medical care, politics, moral philosophy, etc.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book is the first book I read written by Taleb (not the first he wrote). The concept of a black swan (an unknown unknown which changes everything forever once become known) is presented using anecdotes and a bit of math. He starts his argument about phenomena under thin tail vs fat tail distributions in this book and builds on this dichotomy later on in his subsequent books.

12 rules for life: An Antidote to Chaos

By Jordan Peterson

How to deal with the stress of chaos in life and how to get rid of stagnation caused by order? This book uses historical anecdotes and psychological theories (mainly by Jung) to offer the reader a different perspective about how to conduct one’s life, deal with difficulty, set goals and achieve them, etc. Although each person may not like everything in the book, I find it, in general, useful to read and think about.

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

By John E. Douglas

True crime coupled with the study of extremely disturbed individuals is the subject of this book. John Douglas started the “behavioral analysis unit” in the FBI with his emphasis on understanding criminal activity by studying criminal behavior, which was revolutionary at the time.