A good selection of reads for those interested to understand more about others. Some of these reads are a good reminder to not assume things about people or be a victim of stereotyping. The latter can be harmful or downright incorrect.
Sapiens is like the digestible holy grail explanation of human evolution and more. How cognitive function evolved and made us what we are today. How influential imagined reality can be to unite thousands or millions of strangers together. The imagined reality of gods, nations and corporations.
Halfway thru Sapiens, am now convinced I won’t be able to survive a Zombie Apocalypse with my modern “foraging” skills which is grabbing anything I need at the grocery store.Shin
This is what inequality looks like is a researched stemming from ethnographic where the researcher observes society from the point of view of the subject of the study. This academic writing primarily focuses on the difficulties of these lower-income Singaporean citizens face. At the end of the book, she also shares with the readers how she conducts her research which I find rather enlightening as a UX designer myself.
Factfulness is another favourite of mine for it teaches us how to extract data more efficiently from statistics. The world, in general, is actually improving (infant mortality, poverty, education access) if you were to take a look at the number in a broader timeline. Through this book, I had a better understanding of the needs and wants of the 4 level income groups and their challenges. Global census data can’t get any more interesting than this.
Educated is another book that indeed deserves its spot on the New York bestseller list. You’ll get to have a glimpse of how a Mormon family who cut themselves out from civilization behaves and thinks. Their beliefs and thought process that occurs at every turn of events in their everyday life. A story you’ll have to keep an open mind on to finish it. I felt empathy, but I also felt much admiration for her.
Born a crime is a page-turner. Less troubling to read compared to Educated but it gave me an insight on how it is like to grow up perilously in South Africa during the apartheid as half-black. To say, that his life story did not touch my heart a few times or two would be a lie. It’s hard not to be empathetic with his extraordinary situation. Trivia: Under Apartheid, interracial marriages are illegal.
Billion dollar whale will put Gatsby’s grand parties to shame when the movie hits the silver screen. Jho Low allegedly throws the most extravagant parties ever seen and this was just the tip of his excessive lifestyle. This book gives us a glimpse to the world of corrupted politicians, greedy financiers and deets of the 1MDB scandal. I am actually keen to know how Jho Low managed to brilliantly hide himself and his family until today. While on the run, he even found time to welcome a child to the world.