Books that will empower your intelligence. Part IV

Books that will empower your intelligence. Part IV

We intentionally made a small break in our book databases, which aim not to entertain but to teach. Had a good think about what they read, to highlight in red the most important paragraphs and then take on reading new pages. There is no point to read avidly, if the head nothing is delayed, so we believe. But the time has come. Today we discovered four books, written about different things that will make you smarter. Provided that you want them to read, not to run the eyes diagonally.

Violence, Slavoj Zizek


Slavoj žižek is a cult figure, sometimes vulgar, sometimes intellectual, but without a doubt, popular. His books difficult to take seriously, especially those brought up on a boring philosophical literature, which are taught in domestic universities. But we think that Zizek is not love only because he became very famous, and arguments about contemporary cinema he has an ironic, albeit interesting. However, we do not advise the book on the analysis of contemporary culture, thanks to which you probably learned about the Slovenian philosopher. Instead we recommend to devote his spare time to the reading of the book «On violence», where the Glory of žižek perfectly reveals the problems of interpretation of violence and problems of modern society, which tries to protect people from violence, begetting violence is much more sophisticated. It’s a good book. Here is one quote from it as the argument to read:

Violence is not a direct characteristic of certain actions, it is distributed between acts and their context, between action and inaction. The same action can be considered violent or nonviolent, depending on the context; sometimes a polite smile can be more violent than a brutal outburst.

Chronicle of Peru Pedro de Cieza de Leon


This book is definitely «for advanced user». It requires special training, because it was written not today and even not yesterday, and in the XVI century. In fact, it is the «Chronicle of Peru» is the most important source on the history of the Inca Empire in particular, and the history of pre-Columbian America in General.

Pedro de Cieza de Leon, the Spanish historian, gives ample information concerning the various Indian ethnic groups, their customs, traditions, beliefs. He describes archaeological sites pre-Inca era, which were located in the provinces of the Chimu Huachuca, Chachapoyas, Stakes, cities Ucui-kosko, Cuzco, Pachacamac, ILO, Pasto. This, of course, the Spaniard is not limited to, because «Chronicle of Peru» is not just a history book, this fundamental work, which was written in the lifetime.

To read this book need a lot of time, like reading «History of Rome» Theodor Mommsen, but if you overpower these pages, and even remember information that they represent, then you will be able not only to show off knowledge about South America, but also to read any other book that would seem damn simple.

Please kill me!, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain


An amazing book, which, lucky for us, recently republished in Russia as part of a series of «Counterculture.» It was a crazy read, for the most part, by Legs McNeill — founder of Punk magazine and editor in chief of Spin magazine. During the 1980s, McNeil was on the crest of a wave of global «punk movement», which is why he managed to collect so many scandalous stories under one cover. All the stories are true, which tells about the formation, rise and agony of the American punk scene.» In «Please kill me!» you learn a lot about the «Factory» Andy Warhol, «The Velvet Underground», «The Stooges», Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Richard Helle, and of course, the tragedy of Sid vicious.

This book should be on the table at all of our

– Yegor Letov –But why read books about the dirty and crazy punk, if you don’t like punk rock? At least in order to feel the suicidal violence of decades past with Napalm in the minds of hundreds of thousands of teenagers. No censorship, endless serving of naturalism and the stories told by the participants of the process — all this gives a more realistic picture of the cultural background of the twentieth century, than what you can read in textbooks.

Work come. The development of technology and the future without a job, Martin Ford


Almost forgot that among our readers is full of guys with engineering mindset and to deprive them of attention would be nice. So, almost recently in Russia was published a book by Martin Ford, the founder of one of the most successful firms in software development in Silicon valley. The design of computing machines he has been doing for 25 years, so you can listen to it.

In the context of modern society and the latest developments, the book becomes even more important and relevant. It is a reasonable argument on the theme of «can robots replace people?». The idea that the author develops further, and he tries to answer some other interesting questions: «If robots will be able to overtake people and performance, ushering in an era of quality health care, an excess of free time and material wealth? Or our world will turn into a world of inequality and mass unemployment?». Ford is not the seer, as he often reminds the reader, but Recalling his experience, he gives a picture of the future, which may seem far from ideal. Today artificial intelligence makes «good job» a relic of the past. Even programmers are replaced by robots and software. Unemployment is rising, the gap between rich and poor, the economy tends to collapse. In fact, the book is a story about the dark side of new technologies.

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