In today's diet-crazed society, one main theme seems to emerge. Carbohydrate-heavy foods like fruit are not good for you, and if you eat them, you could get fat and even sick. This is a major principle of the low-carb movement. Is this assessment correct? What if that was all wrong? In this summary of the China Study, we will find out just how beneficial a plant-based diet is and why we don't need to fear carbs as much as we need to fear meat.
There is no doubt about it, 9/11/2001 changed the world. We learned that terrorists in the name of Islam were able to attack the United States. The response to the attack by the United States and its allies was swift and brutal. As the United States made inroads against groups like Al Qaeda, it was expecting that terrorism would decrease. That is not what happened. It actually got worse.
We all know that the mind is an incredible place. We have such great potential that it is often astounding when you think about it. Look around you; everything we have is due to someone's mind. Despite this, the mind itself is not programmed to maximize our happiness. It is a repetition-loving mechanism and will often keep us stuck in old outdated patterns that may not serve us.
In this summary, we will discuss, analyze, and summarize some of key concepts of the book. We will discover three main types of motivation: Motivation 1.0 and Motivation 2.0, the latter of which still motivates us today. He later goes on to say that there is a better way, a Motivation 3.0, a motivation based upon the inner sense of fulfillment. Let us explore Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and learn what exactly these three types of motivation are and how they stack up next to one another.
Everyone gets angry from time to time, it is a natural healthy emotion. It allows you to let off steam and express yourself. For the most part, people get angry and get over it fairly quickly. Others, however, have a harder time controlling their anger. The anger morphs into rage and people can get hurt. If you find yourself having a hard time controlling you anger then Charles H. Elliot's PhD and Laura L. Smith's PhD: Anger Management for Dummies is the book for you.
In this book we will summarize and discuss Tren Griffin's book Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor and learn more about Charlie himself. We will also discuss the concepts of value investing and other investment ideas from this icon of investing.
When we think about viruses, we think about diseases such as the flu. For the most part, the flu comes and goes, the body is able to fight it. For some, it can be deadly. There are of course more dangerous viruses out there such as Ebola that in some cases kills 90% of those infected. In today's world, viruses can spread very quickly and it's for this reason we must be vigilant.
In this wired world in which distraction is everywhere, it is harder for us to simply focus on one task. Don't you agree? We go from one task to another and often times we do not even finish the original task. We get so bogged down by distraction, not only do we not finish the initial task, we may even forget about it altogether. In Deep Work, Cal Newport explains the determinants of being in such a distracted world and how we can navigate it so we can achieve greater productivity and deeper work.
We all know who Leonardo da Vinci is, he was one of those geniuses that could do anything, he was an architect, a sculptor, a painter; amongst other things. He didn't really specialize in one particular field, back in his day that was not an issue, it was encouraged to have your hand in a little bit of everything.
Note: This is a summary and analysis of Why We Get Fat and not the original book. We are inundated with diet and nutrition advice. It seems that every book contradicts the other. However, Why We Get Fat shatters all the preconceived notions as to why we get fat and what we can do about it. In this Summary Zoom summary, we will discuss, analyze, and summarize the main points of the book.
For the most part, most of us are of average health and fitness. We may not run marathons that often but we are pretty healthy and that might be just fine. But what if you could make your body into a super fit machine?
We often look at people who have mastered a skill and think, "Wow, they are special, I could never do that." It's a common response. Certainly there are things we cannot but for the most part, mastery is not about being special. It's not about having "natural talent." It's much more than that. Mastery is something that can be achieved by anyone in any field. Robert Greene, in his book Mastery, lays out exactly what we all need to do to gain mastery in any given field.
The Internet changed everything. With its inception, every industry has changed. The exchange of knowledge and data became dirt cheap. What once took several people to do, now takes a computer and a fraction of the time. At first, the Internet did not seem to pose a threat to most jobs, but it has clearly done so. Alec Ross, in his book The Industries of the Future, discusses how technology has completely changed several industries, both for the better and for the worse.
Most would agree that the great recession of 2008 was unprecedented. Although it wasn't quite like the depression of 1929, it was worse in other ways. It took most government politicians and central banks off guard and so they had to scramble to find a solution to the underlying causes. They took the onus completely on themselves to solve the issue. They have effectively become the only game in town when it comes to growing the economy.
We use the Internet for everything nowadays and surprisingly enough, hardly any of us know anything about the Internet itself. We simply take it for granted. In Andrew Blum's book Tubes, he goes into depth about what the Internet is and how deep it goes. We may only experience it through a browser, but it is much more than that.
The Roman Empire had many highs and lows throughout its existence, but none rivaled the second century AD. It was a time of relative peace and prosperity. During this time, there were five emperors, often called the "Five Good Emperors". The last of these Emperors was Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius is most known for his philosophical musings. Especially one brand of philosophical thought called "Stoicism". This philosophy has as much application in today's world as it did in his age.
Desires are the fuel that runs our life, for good and for ill. Some desires can lead us down a road of destruction whereas others propel us forward into healthier endeavors. Without desires, humankind would not have a meaningful existence, life would be bland and rather pedestrian. In fact, if desire ceased, so would the human race.
Doesn't it seem like some geographical areas seem to produce more innovation and invention than others? We have Silicon Valley, which is the hub of all top tech innovations. In the ancient past we had Athens, which was the founding city of Western Philosophy and genius; a genius that until this day informs out societies. In his book The Geography of Genius, Eric Weiner addresses why it seems as if some places are hotbeds of genius, innovation and invention.
If you have been on top of the news as of late you would have heard of the various scandals and revelations of the rich and powerful sheltering their money in offshore tax havens. Tax havens are a very popular way for those who have the means to hide their assets from taxation as well as other legal proceedings. This practice, although not technically illegal, in many cases still shields money away from national treasuries thus efficiently taking it out of circulation.
With breakthroughs in modern technology, we have been able to successfully curtail many of these diseases. However, that does not mean we are immune from future outbreaks. For example, HIV may not be the bubonic plague, but it has devastated millions of lives and continues to do so despite the new drugs that control it. We recently had an outbreak of Ebola in Africa that managed to hitch a ride back to the United States and other western countries. It doesn't take that much for a pandemic to take root.