Your summer reading list: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations

Inquisitive Girl:

Many ideas for a summer reading list

Originally posted on TED Blog:

summerreadinglist_istock_34481384_HiRes_983pxSummer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.

books-Elizabeth-GilbertPicks from Elizabeth Gilbert, author 

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. “The only book I have ever bought by the crate-load. I give copies of this sumptuous masterpiece to everyone I care about. I could try to describe it further, but … it would be more efficient if you just read it yourself. (Watch Maira Kalman’s TED Talk, “The illustrated woman.”)

Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror in Science by Richard Holmes. “I just finished writing a novel about
18th- and 19th-century scientific exploration, and this engaging book was a…

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Cultural Intelligence Test – CQ Test

Hi,

Haven’t posted in a while but I was sent this test and I think it is great.

http://www.commonpurpose.org/how-we-do-it/cultural-intelligence/students-cq-test

I believe cultural intelligence/awareness is very important these days as the world becomes more multicultural and interconnected. In my opinion, anyone who is not inquisitive or receptive to other cultures is really missing out and is living a one-dimensional life.

Take the test now! :)

My Favourite Recent Big Think Articles

Happy New Year!!

To celebrate I have listed a few of my favourite Big Thing Articles that I have read recently.

ENJOY

http://bigthink.com/devil-in-the-data/are-you-a-sociopath -> This article interested me as I have become more interested in socipathy recently, especially due to my obsession with Sherlock.

http://bigthink.com/the-proverbial-skeptic/the-proverbial-skeptics-5-buzzwords-to-stop-using-in-2014 -> Funny article on words we should probably stop using.

http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/the-art-of-keeping-our-new-years-intentions -> great article on how we must persist and truly stick to our goals for the New Year

http://bigthink.com/risk-reason-and-reality/if-an-icebreaker-gets-trapped-in-the-ice-and-there-are-no-journalists-on-board-to-report-it-is-it-still-news -> interesting article on how ‘news’ is selected and is so subjective

http://bigthink.com/in-their-own-words/how-memory-can-be-a-false-witness -> reminded me of a TOK topic..

 

GLAMOUR

Inquisitive Girl:

From my other blog
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Originally posted on The Inquisitive girl :

Interesting article I read recently about ‘Glamour’. I liked reading this article as to me it was particularly pertinent to the Christmas consumerism going on at the moment. I have read many blogs about people frantically shopping for Christmas – parents who feel pressurised to by their 5 year old a tablet, families going into debt just to buy Christmas presents and so much more.

To me, this isn’t just disheartening because Christmas has lost its true meaning but also because instead of making the end of the year happy and relaxed, it is making people tense and worried.

And then back to this idea of Glamour and how we look up to these celebrities or  dream jobs thinking ‘wouldn’t it be so easy  to be a….’ or ‘i wish…’. But in fact we all know life is anything but easy. That is why these amazing celebrities we aspire to…

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INTERESTING ARTICLES I HAVE READ RECENTLY

Here are a few interesting articles I have read recently – ENJOY! :

http://bigthink.com/big-think-edge/rational-disagreement-arguing-your-way-to-the-right-decision

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/rethinking-self-control-the-psychology-of-waiting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25006926

http://moreintelligentlife.co.uk/blog/anthony-gardner/insomniac-reading

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2012/09/euro-zone-crisis

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