Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read | Brain Pickings

Published May 19, 2015 by wallacedarwin

TYSON’S TOP TOMES B-)

http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/29/neil-degrasse-tyson-reading-list/

[SEE ALSO, INCLUDED CRITIQUE OF OMISSIONS]

The Bible (public library; free ebook), to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourselfThe System of the World (public library; free ebook) by Isaac Newton, to learn that the universe is a knowable placeOn the Origin of Species (public library; free ebook) by Charles Darwin, to learn of our kinship with all other life on EarthGulliver’s Travels (public library;free ebook) by Jonathan Swift, to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are YahoosThe Age of Reason (public library;free ebook) by Thomas Paine, to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the worldThe Wealth of Nations (public library; free ebook) by Adam Smith, to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itselfThe Art of War (public library; free ebook) by Sun Tzu, to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an artThe Prince (public library; free ebook) by Machiavelli, to learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it

Tyson adds:

If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.

Excerpted
5/19/15

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