Book Club

Every year we list the books that influenced us the most, changed our mode of thinking or simply made our day

2019

  • Consciousness Explained, Daniel C. Dennett’s now-classic book blends philosophy, psychology and neuroscience – with the aid of numerous examples and thought-experiments – to explore how consciousness has evolved, and how a modern understanding of the human mind is radically different from conventional explanations of consciousness.
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. Based on fifteen years of research, and answering the competing arguments of authors ranging from Max Weber to Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond, Acemoglu and Robinson step boldly into the territory of Francis Fukuyama and Ian Morris. They blend economics, politics, history and current affairs to provide a new, powerful and persuasive way of understanding wealth and poverty.
  • The Book of Why : Correlation does not imply causation. This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer and carbon dioxide and global warming. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It is the essence of human and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl’s discoveries have enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains how we can think better.
  • World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History : World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger’s thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.