With the unprecedented pandemic and lot’s of downtime at home, this year was just set up right for crushing all those Goodreads reading challenges. Though I never got through the one book a week target for 2020, it was a great year in books altogether.
Civilized To Death – Christopher Ryan
This book explores the concept of progress and unearths the myriad of ways agricultural societies such as the ones we all live in, have made significant strides in making life worse for homo sapiens. From the subjugation of women, extreme poverty, 99% of people on earth owning virtually peanuts against an increasingly wealthier global elite and our little ones pumped with prescription drugs in increasingly unchildlike childhoods, this book talks about it all. Probably the best book I read all year even though I read it at the end.
Read this book if you sometimes wonder if the world you are living in is getting better or worse. Also if you feel civilization is forcing us to be more lonely, anxious and into moulds that none of us can fit. Try fitting in The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Lessons of History – Will & Ariel Durant
Sometimes history feels like an odd collection of random facts. This book however through the marvellous insights of its authors condenses the various themes throughout over a hundred centuries of human history to distil helpful wisdom on contemporary issues of race, inequality human nature, morals, religion and progress.
Read this book just before you read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari, plus it’s far more concise.
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality – Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá
In a book like no other (and a second by the same author on this list), Christopher Ryan digs through all the evolutionary biology he could find, challenges all our preconceptions and delivers an account of the hows and whys of sexuality as seen nowhere else before. In learning about the origins of our sexuality, we learn much more about the type of creature we are and the unreasonable and often sadistic expectations and norms that our societies have placed on our monkey bodies. As a bonus, he talks about the future of relationships and marriage and the reasons for our dissatisfaction in both.
Read this book for obvious reasons. If you strongly disagree with the book and want to write a book about it. Don’t fret, there is Sex at Dusk: Lifting the Shiny Wrapping from Sex at Dawn – Lynn Saxon
The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire – David Deida
There are dozens of relationship and masculinity books and they all wake up in the morning wanting to be written by Deida. Though at first, i was hesitant and skeptical of all the spirituality and energies talk. It sounded a bit cheesy. Surprisingly, the book explains how to achieve a balance between the masculine and feminine essences within yourself and in your relationship in a way no one else could. There are excellent books like The Way of Men – Jack Donovan but Deida provides a wholesome spiritual perspective only a yoga shaman could provide. The teaching sessions available as an audiobook and Enlightened Sex (Audiobook) – David Deida are compulsory reading.
Read this book regardless of whether you are a guy or lady, we all have different proportions of the same essences.
The Martian – Andy Weir
Arguably one of the most scientifically accurate works of science fiction, The Martian takes where far where no man has walked before. Heavily researched apriori, the book offers the most in-depth walkthrough of being a castaway fighting for his life in humanity’s next frontier. Reading Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance later in the year highlighted the importance of mankind having a second home on the Red Planet. Although the film won at The Golden Globes, the book, far more detailed and engaging, is in my eyes the superior experience.
Read this book if you look up into space and wonder if there is life out there.
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