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10 Books Recommended by President Barack Obama

Last year President Barack Obama shared with WIRED magazine a list of 10 books he highly recommends. These are the books. (Click the links for descriptions.) 

- The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
- The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American by Richard S. Tedlow
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Have your read any of these? What are you thoughts on this list? 

Masterpost: Book Recommendations

Hey! So one of the most frequently asked questions here is for what books I’d recommend to you all, so I’ve decided to compile a list of books that will help expand your view and raise your consciousness. Some of these books I haven’t read and were submitted by other members, so when you see “sb” it means submitted by. From now on, I’ll refer everyone to this post when they ask that question! I’ll add books to the list as I discover new ones or as you submit them. I put a * next to the titles I think you should really read, and I bolded those that you should really, really read. There are really good books here that don’t have a * because I haven’t read/finished them. Note: they’re alphabetized. 

Animal Farm by George Orwell (also 1984) (sb @supreme-understanding-allah)

*Any book by OSHO (esp. The Book of Understanding)

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
 (sb @supreme-understanding-allah)

Be Here Now by Ram Dass  (sb @supreme-understanding-allah)

*Bhagavad Gita (try The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained By Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered By His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda; it’s easier to understand)

Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians by Barbara Marciniak, Tera Thomas

Cosmic Memory: The Story of Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Division of the Sexes by Rudolf Steiner, Paul Marshall Allen

Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Healing Stones (Crystal Trilogy, Vol. 1) by Katrina Raphaell (also volumes 2 & 3)

Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy by Panache Desai

*Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality by Dean Radin Ph.D.

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna  (sb @supreme-understanding-allah)

*Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration by Penney Peirce

How Consciousness Became the Universe by Deepak Chopra, Roger Penrose, Brandon Carter

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The Ten Books I’d Bring to a Desert Island

Since I’d possibly be a thousand miles away from home, I’d like to bring books that will remind me of my favorite reading spot, the place where I feel safe and protected, which is also the place where I’ve teared up on so many books and embarked on a multitude of exhilarating journeys across time and space. I’m going to bring books that will evoke the sense of wanderlust and encourage me to go on a spontaneous adventure on the island and appreciate nature at its finest. (Read More)

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Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions—times when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out large dinosaurs. And this time, the cataclysm is us.

In our latest podcast, hear from Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, as they discuss the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it.

The Sixth Extinction with Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert and Mike Novacek
The Sixth Extinction with Elizabeth Kolbert

Congratulations to author Elizabeth Kolbert on winning the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for her book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”  

On February 27, 2014, Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for the The New Yorker magazine and author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, discussed the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it. The event was moderated by science writer and video journalist Flora Lichtman.

Listen to the podcast above or download it on iTunes

Earth’s ice-covered regions are melting. The vanishing of the Arctic ice cap is changing the heat absorption at the top of the world, and may be affecting the location of the Northern Hemisphere jet stream and storm tracks and slowing down the movement of storm systems. Meanwhile, the growing loss of ice in Antarctica and Greenland is accelerating sea level rise and threatening low-lying coastal cities and regions. Viruses, bacteria, disease-carrying species like mosquitoes and ticks, and pest species like bark beetles are now being pushed far beyond their native ranges. Everywhere the intricate interconnections crucial to sustaining life are increasingly being pulled apart.

homosapien-howell  asked:

Identity ask, 1, 3, and 11 ^-^

1. if someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?
Umm I’d recommend reading three different books: Mosquitoland by David Arnold, The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. That should give you a good understanding of who I am and what matters to me. Watch all ten seasons of Friends. That shows you what I wasted 118 hours of my life doing. And listen to “Maps” by the Front Bottoms, “When” by Dodie, “Our Trees” by Tegan and Sara, “Heart’s Content” by Brandi Carlile, Episode #73 of the Hello Internet Podcast, and Episode 37 of the Elwood City Limits Podcast. Honestly that should just give you me.

3. list your fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.
Alright okay so let’s see list (in no particular order): Sanders Sides, Friends, Calvin and Hobbes, Dan and Phil, Phineas and Ferb. Who I identify with (from the order above): Logic, Chandler, Susie, Phil, and Stacy.

11. describe your ideal day.
I wake up, around nine am, make coffee with whomever I’m in love with and who’s in love with me (a spouse? a datemate? a platonic soulmate?), and we feed the dogs and cats and watch the sun on the water for a while. Eventually we decide that we want to go hiking, and we do. The forest is just lovely; it’s not too cool or too warm, there aren’t many people around, the sun is cutting in beautifully between the pines, and all the forget-me-nots and columbines and daisies are in full bloom. We pick ripe berries from bushes, and playfully throw pinecones at each other. Around two or three we head into town and have another coffee/tea stop at a cute lil shop somewhere. I buy them flowers, or they buy me flowers, or both. We go to dinner at a seafood restaurant on the water (unless they’re vegetarian like me, then we can just get salad or something) and watch the seaplanes take off and land, and the cruise ships depart, and the fishing boats sitting idly waiting for the next day. The sun sets, and we go back home to watch Netflix or YouTube or something nice and not full of sex scenes right in front of my salad. We fall asleep in each others arms, because it’s only sixty degrees outside, and listen to the waves crashing and the wind gently blowing the trees. Yeah, that sounds nice. I’m such a romantic, and it’s kinda disgusting, but oh well.

Thanks pal :))))))

Why Teen-agers Are the Worst

Every adult has gone through adolescence, and studies have shown that if you ask people to look back on their lives they will disproportionately recall experiences they had between the ages of ten and twenty-five. (This phenomenon is called the “reminiscence bump.”) And yet, to adults, the adolescent mind is a mystery—a Brigadoon-like place that’s at once vivid and inaccessible. Why would anyone volunteer to down fifteen beers in a row? Under what circumstances could Edward Fortyhands, an activity that involves having two forty-ounce bottles of malt liquor affixed to your hands with duct tape, be construed as enjoyable? And what goes for drinking games also goes for hooking up with strangers, jumping from high places into shallow pools, and steering a car with your knees. At moments of extreme exasperation, parents may think that there’s something wrong with their teen-agers’ brains. Which, according to recent books on adolescence, there is.

Scientists are gaining new insights into the irrational brains of adolescents. Elizabeth Kolbert explores in this week’s issue.

The anthropologist Richard Leakey has warned that “Homo sapiens might not only be the agent of the sixth extinction, but also risks being one of its victims.” A sign in the Hall of Biodiversity offers a quote from the Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich: IN PUSHING OTHER SPECIES TO EXTINCTION, HUMANITY IS BUSY SAWING OFF THE LIMB ON WHICH IT PERCHES.
—   Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History)
In spite of the flood of disturbing reports coming from both the Antarctic and the Arctic—just a few days ago, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that the extent of the Arctic ice cap in winter had hit a record low for the second year in a row—the issue of climate change has rarely come up during the Presidential primary campaign.
—  Elizabeth Kolbert, “Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner?
We are effectively undoing the beauty and the variety and the richness of the world which has taken tens of millions of years to reach this point. We’re sort of unraveling that… We’re doing, it’s often said, a massive experiment on the planet and we really don’t know what the end point is going to be.
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Elizabeth Kolbert

Wednesday: We discuss how human activity is responsible for a mass extinction. Kolbert’s new book is called The Sixth Extinction.