• Haotian He

Reading List of Winter 2020

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

This winter, since I have more time than other months, I want to read more and something relaxing, educational and enlightening at the same time. I've picked 3 new books, together with 2 re-read ones for this month covering human studies, cognitive science, and economics.

1. Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Why I want to read the second time: while I really did not like his random unsourced assertions of those revolution illusions, I still appreciate his thinking directions in those human revolutions, and want to explore by myself to see if such a thought could extend to other part for the history of humankind.

2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This book was famous and popular for a while, but I've never had a chance to read it. I heard both positive and negative views on this book, but have no idea what it is exactly talking about. Low expectation but just don't want to miss it.

3. Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee

Why I want to read the second time: when I read this book two years ago, I read it as a reference book for another book Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins et al, which mostly conducts analyses from a macro-perspective of policies and financial approaches. This time I want to read this book to focus on some micro-perspectives of behaviors and decision makings of the poor, facing a serial of issues on hunger, diseases, education and even the poor mindset.

4. Thinking Strategically by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff

Last year I've completed a Coursera course of Introduction of Negotiations by Professor Barry Nalebuff, and I was very impressed on some practical approaches that we can take and how game theory textbook principles apply to our deal negotiations. I want to learn more by this book Professor Nalebuff recommended.

5. Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinov

This book is repeatedly mentioned in Principles by Ray Dalio, and I was attracted by the point of Social IQ. I want to learn a complete explanation of his idea, exactly as the subtitle indicating: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.