My summer reading activity

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. Although not as good as his previous Sapiens, in my opinion, this book still posits some interesting thoughts about where we might be going as a species.

“How to Deal With North Korea” by Mark Bowden. I thought this was a very well-thought-out article about all of the options currently on the table, with respect to North Korea. Also interesting was Mr. Bowden’s guest appearance on Sam Harris’ Waking Up podcast, episode #88: Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?

Current reading:

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright. Although he has written several other highly recommended books (i.e., The Moral Animal, Nonzero, and The Evolution of God), this is my introduction to his writing. So far, I am very impressed with his understanding and explanation of the science of evolutionary psychology, and I find his arguments regarding the areas of agreement between Buddhism and our current understanding of the human condition very interesting. If you would like to get a taste of Robert Wright’s writing on this topic, please check out his recent article in Wired, “Is Mindfulness Meditation BS?”. Also, he recently joined Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro on the Very Bad Wizards podcast, episode 120: Clap Your Hand for Robert Wright, where they discussed Buddhism, the concept of the self, and all of the inherent contradictions involved in such topics. It was a lively and entertaining discussion, and I highly recommend it.

 

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