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Most recent: Factfulness, by Hans Rosling. For the past year or so, I've been trying hard to understand why people act the way they do, when those actions and beliefs are often irrational. This book brought so much of that together.

Very first: The Song of Wandering Aengus, by William Butler Yeats. I read this when I was six or so. I found it as an illustrated children's book in children's section of the public library of the very small rural town. Someone decided this very adult poem, about an old man who wasted his life chasing an unattainable magic dream, was a good children's story. It introduced me to the idea that poems and stories could express sadness and failure and other negative feelings, not just the happy silly stuff of the other age-appropriate things I read.




A book I enjoyed on understanding people is The Elephant in the Brain. I'll check out yours. Thanks!


Do! I want every person who thinks they're smart or aware of what's going on with society to read Factfulness. It's... sobering.


Hans Rosling is one of my greatest heroes.


Now I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands But I will find out where she's gone Kiss her lips, and take her hands And wander through the dappled grass Pluck 'til time and times are done The silver apples of the Moon Golden apples of the Sun




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