Philosophy, Self

book review | The Art of the Argument by Stefan Molyneux

stefan molyneux the art of the argument book reviewAuthor: Stefan Molyneux
Title: The Art of the Argument
Series: –
Genre: Philosophy; History
Pages: 172
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Finished likely the most unpleasant book I’ve read this year, “The Art of the Argument” by Stefan Molyneux, expecting tips on argument formulating or something. Instead got this.

About the Book: Author provides a very skewed idea of arguments, and why are they lacking, arguing himself with if not outright, then borderline racist, sexist, classist, and otherwise horribly biased personal opinions.

My Opinion: This book pretends to be about arguments, discourse, and letting the opponent speak, but only one side at all times is portrayed as the faulty ideology. It’s biased, unpleasant to read, and at best will teach you about what lack of neutrality looks like.

There’s better books on this same topic out there. 2 out of 5.

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book review | Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson

sleep smarter shawn stevensonAuthor: Shawn Stevenson
Title: Sleep Smarter
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Health
Pages: 288
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’ve finished “Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson. And I’ve a lot of conflicting thoughts on it.

About the Book: Author used his tragedy to turn his life around. And now we’re given what he learned. On sleep, it’s quality, improvement, general health of our bodies, its effect on our sleep.

My Opinion: From pillow size, black-out curtains, to “get a mechanical alarm clock, your phone and other devices will give you and your children cancer“. It’s not an easy book to be researching on the side, for it is so packed with information.

I’m sure author only wanted the best. 3 out of 5.

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book review | The 50th Law by 50 cent and Robert Greene

the 50th law 50 cent and robert greene book reviewAuthor: 50 Cent; Robert Greene
Title: The 50th Law
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Philosophy
Pages: 291
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Now here’s a book I never thought I’d read. “The 50th Law” by 50 cent, yes, the rapper, and author Robert Greene. And interesting piece on personal development.

About the Book: A biographical book of Curtis Jackson, better known by his scene name – 50 cent, describing his journey to success. From ruthless streets to ruthless music industry, where he had to learn not only to go with the flow, but swim against it too, to stay on top of that pulse of relevancy. And with the help of Robert Greene, he tells exactly how he did it.

My Opinion: I don’t really like 50 cent, not his music, not his public persona, that’s why I’m still confused at how I got this book in the first place. Generally this is an interesting book, one of those motivational ones, but with cold leads and prodding, applying classic philosophy and art of war onto the streets of today. As, in a sense, are all Robert Greene books.

This makes for an interesting biography. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | You will get through this night by Daniel Howell

you will get through this night daniel howell book review dan is so cool likeAuthor: Daniel Howell
Title: You Will Get Through This Night
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Self-Help
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I used to watch Daniel Howell on YouTube way back when, but then, for some reason, stopped. Still, I kept up with the majors, like his coming out video that I will post below. And now I’ve also read his wonderful book, called “You Will Get Through This Night“.

About the Book: This book is pretty much all you need for your mental health first aid kid. From cheating and playing your own system, to being better to yourself. From self care at its core, so self grounding when that overthinking thought-thought train derails.

My Opinion: This is like the best parts of all the self-help books I’ve ever read. On top of that, author assures he did his consultation and research, but encourages to seek help if it seems like it’s not enough. There’s little exercises you can totally skip if it gets overwhelming, and very relatable examples from Dan’s life.

I recommend this very much. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins the Magic of Reality book reviewAuthor: Richard Dawkins
Title: The Magic of Reality
Series: –
Genre: Science; Philosophy
Pages: 271
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins is an amazing book. Just what I needed for the weekend.

About the Book: With great passion author tells us how magical our reality is. And how unfair it is to call things we don’t understand – supernatural. That sort of implies it cannot be explained and creates a dead end for progress. Instead, he tells us myths that explained earthquakes and rainbows and what they really are. Tells us how we know there are planets out there, and how we found out that Earth isn’t, in fact, flat or at the center of the universe. Author tells us, in short, that the very fact we are here, made out of stardust, is magic itself, even if we know the science behind it.

My Opinion: A very interesting and very engaging book. Went from cover to cover in one sitting and regret nothing. There’s some science, not too much, with author very willingly admitting to the things he doesn’t know, understand, and therefor – cannot explain to us. The rest is just beautiful bunch of pointing in awe, look at this, look at that, do you know what ancient people called this? The only con I have got downgraded at the end. Author seemed to be very condescending towards people with different beliefs. But by the end of the book I realized that it is because he feels like it devalues otherwise a priceless phenomena.

Even though I believe some things can be said with a little more manners, I’ll give this book a 5 out of 5 nonetheless.

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book review | The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

the miracle morning hal elrodAuthor: Hal Elrod
Title: The Miracle Morning
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Inspirational
Pages: 172
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I will make a dent in my tbr, I will. Finished another dusty short little thing, “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. It’s good for what it is.

About the Book: Facing obstacles in life many of us stop. We stop and wait for a better day. We stop and wait for more time. We stop and wait for the motivation. But truth is, nothing’s just going to happen if nothing’s being done. This here book is more or less a little condensed guide of how author, and in return you too, can make motivation at home.

My Opinion: There’s three deadly sins in this book. First, it starts by telling me about what it will tell me about. Second, there’s a lot of those “go to this website, get this, download that, purchase other thing (never a mandatory thing, so that’s a plus), tell your friends about it“. And third, it tells me to act like the person I want to be, and then contradicts this by telling me to get up early! Admittedly, later author assures us all that no, in fact, you don’t have to if your conditions truly go against it, as much as 6 minutes or just a little bit earlier than your normal would suffice. And in general, I enjoyed the book, because it was like a condensed version of several others I read. It makes me think this would be a very good starter book.

Props to the man. And if you won’t like this book, likely one of your parents will, I know that’s the case in my family. Or maybe you’ll rediscover the early-riser-self. It gets a 4 out of 5 from me, and yes, I guess I can wake up a LITTLE bit earlier…

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book review | “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

atomic habits james clear book cover reviewAuthor: James Clear
Title: Atomic Habits
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Productivity
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

A friend just recently recommended me a book she got as a gift and loved. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, a nice and short book about habit forming and productivity.

About the Book: It’s not that we don’t want to be productive, healthy. It’s not even that those who are – have endless well of motivation, or never slip. It’s about consciously making the decision to be more productive, better to yourself, seeing a better version of self tomorrow, a year later. We’re creatures of habit who crave rewards, satisfaction. And, knowing that, we can do something about it.

My Opinion: It’s a good, easy to follow book that explains well enough how habits are formed, why they’re formed, and why it’s the worst that are the hardest to abandon. And while author does believe that it’s all in our hands to take and mold, he does remind the reader that we’re all different, with different needs, and what fits that guy, might not fit this guy, so we need to find what suits us best, what works for us, how can we play with our strengths and improve our weaknesses.

It’s a good book, a 5 out of 5. But remember one thing: nothing will change, unless you do.

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book review | Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

homo deus a history of tomorrow yuval noah harari book reviewAuthor: Yuval Noah Harari
Title: Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
Series: –
Genre: Science; Philosophy
Pages: 450
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Very unlikely sources have recommended me “Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari, which led me to reading it just to see why.

About the Book: The book casts a wide net over humanity and dissects the biggest, most groundbreaking lightbulbs that have brought humanity, us, from a monkey in survival mode to a book blogger bent over his laptop. And what, keeping those revolutionary happenings, their pattern, in mind, might be the future that will propel us farther from this, higher from here, towards this concept of homo deus.

My Opinion: Let me just get this out of the way – as many of my peers, I have attention span disorder of this or that type. This led me to very long end tedious re-reads when the book lost me somewhere. And while it would seem like it’s my own fault – it is, and it is isn’t, since I read over a hundred books a year somehow, and needing to go back a whole ten pages or an hour isn’t really a norm. So there’s that and only that. The book itself is worth the time for it will truly feed your mind and make you ask many questions that might not yet have answers and require your honest input.

Definitely a good book. Firm 4 out of 5.
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book review | F*ck your Feelings by Ryan Munsey

fuck your feelings book reviewAuthor: Ryan Munsey
Title: F*ck Your Feelings
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 402
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Funny how I was reading “F*ck your Feelings” by Ryan Munsey, all while planning a thing, replying to other things, and then my brain fixated on “multitasking, being present, paying attention“. This either means that the book didn’t hook right, or that I need to reread it, because I clearly need the lesson author tried to teach.

About the Book: The book is meant to teach you the “do or die” attitude. The one that helps you ignore that loud little inner voice that tells you you can’t, you won’t. Then, at the very least, you can try.

My Opinion: It was great at the beginning, interesting, full of strong ideas. But the farther it went, the worse it got. Repetitive, overfilled with either too old or too obscure “research” and examples that get repeated in almost every book like this and also in every YouTube video that gets thrown into recommended if you search “experiment” too often. You end up googling up ideas and watching those said videos on youtube, knowing full well where it all leads.

All in all, it was great in the beginning, but the farther it went, the more often it lost me. A 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

subtle art of not giving a fckAuthor: Mark Manson
Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 224
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I kept seeing “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson in every post office I visited, so I caved in. I’ve read similar ones in the past, figured it’s worth it. And it was.

About the Book: Not giving a fuck does not mean not giving a fuck about anything. It’s about being selective with your fucks to give. It’s about the shitty baggage we carry around: what if, what will someone else think, I can’t do that, I’m too this or too that. We make excuses because we care about the wrong things and it’s time to settle some scores with yourself.

My Opinion: By far I couldn’t agree with everything author claimed. Book implies that we use almost everything as a crutch, an excuse, including past trauma. Yes, people can get over a lot of shit. That doesn’t mean that everyone can. Philosophies like this tend to forget we’re biological beings too, and it’s not just about the values we were forced into as children. It’s also about the chemicals in our noggins that make us both feel and do things. Or, rather, not do things. The one point that really bothered me was the guilt tripping victims of abuse. Other than that, the book is full of little gems to pick out and make your own base, for some things are pure and simple. Like, my favorite, the motivation. Most of us forget that we get suckered into things, and rarely just wake up motivated to do said things. Appetite comes while eating, as the saying goes.

A rude and not at all subtle book that in itself meant good. A 4 out of 5 for the idea behind it, minus a point for forgetting an important lesson: if we truly all have a choice, then one can also choose not to be an asshole.

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