In today’s blog, we have curated a list of 10 books that are not only interesting but also very informative. In fact, books are never just entertainment; they provide for the most immersive learning experiences. This list of books will definitely make you smarter, more knowledgeable person. So here are 10 books that will increase your IQ.
10 Books That Will Increase Your IQ | Books To Make You Smarter:
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Time, Love, Memory by Jonathan Weiner
- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt
- The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
- A History of the World in 100 objects by Neil MacGregor
- The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
- Naked Money by Charles Wheelan
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
This novel is exactly what its title says – a history of science condensed into a few hundred pages. Bryson’s writing is such that you will never get bored of it, even though the book is jam packed with information. Believe it or not, this book is actually very humorous. From all major scientists, their life and discoveries to life before mankind and an in-depth study of molecules and atoms, this book has it all.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
This book was one of the first treatises on war that has become a philosophy in itself. It was written in the fourth century BC as a compilation of war strategies infused with Eastern traditions. This book will allow you to analyze people in your life and help you win them over.
Time, Love, Memory by Jonathan Weiner
This book by the Pulitzer Prize winning Weiner delves into neurobiology and talks about the abstract concepts of time, love and memory in the human mind. Partly a biography, this novel tackles issues of nature vs nurture as well. How far are genetics and DNA responsible for our concepts of the abstract? This book is high informative, dealing with endogenous clocks, mating patterns and the ability to learn and change behaviour.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Harari is perhaps one of the most intelligent minds of recent times, and all his books are guaranteed to increase your IQ and make you smarter. This one, however, deals with a vast range of subjects, from work, liberty, quality and education to civilization, nationalism, immigration and religion. He also talks about war, terrorism justice and even science fiction. In short, he discusses everything that is crucial to society in the modern context, and reading this will change your thinking and make you smart.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Tackling the history of cosmic evolution over 15 billion years, Sagan investigates the origin and future of science and civilization. This is the kind of book that makes you knowledgeable, because it packs information that is not just dreary but actually fun to learn. Sagan’s meditations on a wide array of topics ranging from anthropology, biology, history to of course, astronomy are deeply illuminating.
The Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt
An essential in history, this book will come in handy when talking to people of different nationalities because it tackles the subject of imperialism. The authors say that imperialism may not be in practice anymore, but the Empire is alive. Through globalisation, a new form of neo-colonialism has emerged. Best summed as a philosophy of political thought, this book will make you ponder the state of affairs and broaden your horizons.
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
This one is a must read for people who want to change their thinking – it talks about the fallacies and biases the mind is prone to. These errors in thinking and judgement make us think our decisions will lead to maximum profits when in fact that isn’t the case. This novel is a deep study of psychology – Dobelli has analysed the mind and listed 99 ways it makes mistakes. Once you know these and think of these before making a decision, your life will change, because your thinking has changed.
A History of the World in 100 objects by Neil MacGregor
A stunning look at history from the material perspective, this novel deals with civilizations that have shaped the world today and the objects that defined them. Including the chopping tools of early Africa, the pillar of Ashoka and his preaching of tolerance, Victorian tea-sets as a testament to the glory of the empire, this is an intellectual treat. This novel will make you think of the importance daily objects have in our lives. Plus, give you plenty to talk about at dinner tables and conferences.
The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
This is a collection of writings that unites the common teachings of all religions and points to one Divine Reality. While this book may not be as objective and scientific as the others on this list, one cannot deny that religion plays an important role in society. The novel includes Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism. It also features an eclectic range of selections from the Bible, Geeta and Rumi. Hence this treatise on philosophy by the prolific author of ‘Brave New World’ is a must read work. This will tear apart the religious barriers of your mind and make you an open-minded person.
Naked Money by Charles Wheelan
This is a highly informative book about, as the title suggests, money. To be truly smart in the practical and not just the bookish sense, you should know how money works. This is an engaging read that delves into the roots of money and explains what money exactly is. It talks about why a piece of paper no different from monopoly money is so powerful. It also investigates the role of banks and explains just how money works in the economic system.
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