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We call this thing you are reading a magazine. But what is it really? In some ways it looks like a magazine, but it also behaves like a website, or even a CD-Rom Multimedia presentation. As we add new forms of content we stretch the definition of what a magazine is. Are eBooks just other manifistations of pBooks? Does it really matter if you read the paperback, Kindle or photocopied version of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov? Fact of the matter is it is now easier than ever to bring hundreds of books with you, and read them too. So go and add a few.
Super Brain – $12.99
If you’re anything like us, you’re tech and knowledge-obsessed; at least a little bit. But Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi, two people whose names even sound very smart (Tanzi even narrowed down the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease!), decided to redefine the way we learn in a concept they call Super Brain. Trust them: you don’t gotta be Einstein to apply the principles of wisdom and utilizing those neurons in the correct ways. By proposing a concept of your brain having a ‘golden age’, we’re confident you can push past those boozy 20s (or 30s) and still emerge healthy, resilient and dare we say intelligent as ever.
The Signal and the Noise – $12.99
The Signal and the Noise sheds enormous light and credibility on what is often-regarded as a $5 palm reader’s area of expertise: predictions. Want to know when to expect the next breakthrough gadget and whether it’ll be Android or iOS compatible? According to Nate Silver: the more overconfident we get, the more we overshoot and miss. Learn from everyone else’s mistakes – forecasters, baseball all-stars, data analysts – in this book.
Threat Vector – Pre-order
Tom Clancy, you’ve outdone yourself again. If there was such a thing as a classic novel about international threat in China, an invasion in Taiwan and packed with intrigue and tension, Threat Victor would be it. The bottom line is basically that China needs to be taken down a notch. For a fiction book? Not too far off from real life. Pre-order now on iTunes (link to above).
How to Create a Mind – Pre-order
Note: 3D printing, games that make you smarter, gadgets that expand your brain? The future is around the corner. So how much time is left until we can create our own brain’s neurological path to decision-making? Ask Ray Kurzwell, a mind strategist if there ever was one. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzwell presents brain functionality on a purely physical level and also speaks to ways the human body can vastly expand our human intelligence capabilities. Welcome to a whole new world.
Plutocrats – $14.99
Let’s talk about the downside(s) of being a one percenter. (No, this isn’t a joke). In Freeland’s Plutocrats, research shows us a few alarming facts that contribute to stats about the alarming gap between even the richest members of society, most notably: the wealthy and the super, super-rich CEOs, old-money mansion owners and startup founders are divided more than we could ever have imagined. Economics and psyche play a huge role as well – think of the one percent more as a category than an elitist handful, and you’ve almost got it. To add fuel to the flaming fire, our Western economy isn’t only thriving, it’s blowing other countries out of the water.
Is this reading about this book making you greedy? Wish you could afford all of these perks, or maybe just want to go shopping? These ones can – but keep in mind that wealth comes at a price, and the extremists are paying for it in more than gasoline to refuel their private jets.
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