I've been reading a number of books in the general field of "mutual improvement" lately. A few of them include: Influence, Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Dianetics, Strangers to Ourselves, How To Solve It, The Art of Living, What We Believe But Cannot Prove, The Millionaire Course, etc. My coworkers at the Robot Co-op have been reading a different subset of books on the same topics. From math to psychology to cults to Buddhism to science, they span across a number of ideas and topics, but I can't help but believe that there's a strong common thread between them all.
I'm going to attempt to announce a new book or movie or documentary or hero every month that is in some way related to the ambiguous thesis of this blog: that by combining ideas from different fields we can make progress towards a richer understanding of ourselves, our peers, our culture, and the world, with the ultimate goal of using that understanding (whether logical or emotional) to engage with live more richly. It's difficult to talk about these things without sounding really cheesy, so another one of my goals is to keep the tone and vocabulary of these discussions as unpretentious and concrete as possible. Staying grounded in the real and tangible is something I'm going to have to remind myself to do often.
Anyone that wants to read or tag along is welcome. I'll announce the first book in this series tomorrow.